The Winter People

The Winter People

Book - 2014
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Coming of age in an old farmhouse, 19-year-old Ruthie begins a search for her agoraphobic mother and discovers the century-old diary of the farmhouse's long-ago resident, a grieving mother who died under mysterious circumstances.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385538497
Branch Call Number: FIC McMa
Characteristics: 317 pages ; 25 cm


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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 28, 2014

McMahon's supernatural thriller has many elements to build a good page-turner, but the assemblage never quite works together. It starts as a very creepy and disturbing historical tale of the dead brought back from the grave, and develops into a contemporary mystery. Alternating between the two ... Read More »

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GillyGal Oct 21, 2017

The author had enough mystery going to keep me reading. I found myself trying to put the pieces together. I would recommend this book for those that like a mystery involving "sleepers".

Jul 09, 2017

There is no doubt Jennifer MacMahon knows how to write and hold a reader's suspense. Jumping between two timelines and cast of characters and trying to determine how the two separate mysteries related was captivating. I was hooked.

However, in my opinion, the ending was very disappointing. She had characters doing things which, given their personalities, they simply wouldn't do. Some characters went in directions that didn't make sense. One of the two main characters performed an action which, I believe, is physically impossible (i.e. without the use of magic- which wasn't suggested).

MacMahon would have created a better ending by using the time honored method of leaving a lot of details up to the imagination of the reader. Instead, she explains a bizarre, nonsensical, and disappointing way.

Jun 28, 2017

I read this book in one night! I started around 4 in the afternoon and couldn't put it down until I finished around 2 in the morning. It scared me half to death! Great read, I loved the structure, I was terrified to even get out of my own bed! Jennifer McMahon never lets me down and her imagination is so wild. This was a very entertaining and engrossing journey, from the in depth characters to just the scenery. Highly recommend!

May 18, 2017

Although, I think this author has some serious talent . . . I did not like this book. The story line kept flipping from like 1908 to Present time, and frankly, I had difficulty maintaining who the various people were, and what their background was. By the time I got towards the end, I was just exhausted, and hurried up to just F-I-N-I-S-H the book. I will perhaps try another of her books, perhaps it might portray her true talent.

May 17, 2017

creepy good!

Apr 25, 2017

I don't know---it was a good read. It kept my interest, and there was a purposeful story behind it. It involves spirits from a previous life and the magic associated with them. I guess it was a little far-fetched in that manner. I enjoyed the characters and how they fit together for one common goal.

Dec 07, 2016

As horror mysteries go, this one was creepy without being painfully scary. Typical of McMahon, there's both paranormal chills and true-life fiction narratives running through the story. While the premise is fantastical, all of the characters have understandable motives and relatable weaknesses. Interestingly, the ensemble cast is entirely female, with male characters more a backdrop of sorrow than narrators.

No lie, there were times I got the shivers, but I scare easily- and this was not the scariest book I've read. So I think for most people, it'll be more creepy than horrifying. However, the concept is definitely solidly in the horror genre. It's also a quick read, with an even pace and a neat bow-tied resolution at the end. I didn't enjoy it as much as <a href="" target="_blank">Don't Breathe a Word</a>, but that's mainly because Don't Breathe a Word walked an excellent line between "is this paranormal" and "are these insane but real people".

Still and all, I'd recommend it for fans of light horror and mystery, especially of the dark-woods-dark-secret type.

AL_KAYLA Nov 09, 2016

Part horror part mystery, this historical fiction will leave you just a tad creeped out but definitely intrigued as you try to solve the mystery a modern day family has to an early 1900's ghost story. I enjoyed the authors's back and forth time periods story telling, the mysterious characters and the eerie overall setting.

Oct 19, 2016

The moral of the story is - you can not, despite the sadness, trying to return from beyond those who have gone to another world. The results can be unpredictable.

Sep 24, 2016

Writing is very good, but I'm not a fan of how the timeline is structured. It has its plodding creepy moments. I guess I need a little more spice and prefer detective stories.

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