A story going from 1908 to the present day, follows a 19-year-old Ruthie, and her younger sister, who are trying to find their missing mother. They receive help from multiple people, and soon find themselves in a weird situation like no other.
Published: March 29, 2013
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense Horror Fiction, Occult Fiction
Where to purchase: The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
This book actively confused me from start to finish. I found myself frustrated at times because I would have to read something over, because I missed things. The confusion I had kept me captivating with the story enough to finish the entire book. I genuinely was interested in learning the whole truth, and putting the pieces together. I believe this book is captivatingly confusing.
One of the weak points of ‘The Winter People’ would be the time jumps.
Times jumps: 1908 & Present Day
I say this because, I don’t necessarily like too many time jumps in a story, and this was littered throughout this book. I believe that the story could’ve progressed without the back and forth thing they had going on. If they needed to reference back to another time, that connects the entire plot, could’ve kept the jumps brief. I had moments of great confusion, because it would go from this point in time, to years before that’s regarding something entirely different.
Another weak point would be the horror.
‘But this is typically my own personal preference.’
I thought the story would have me genuinely scared, or at least give me the creeps. I thought I would get that cold chill running down my spine from reading it, but I didn’t. I wasn’t creeped out while reading, I was simply confused about what was happening. I couldn’t connect with the creepiness the people in the story were feeling.
I think that one of ‘The Winters People’ greatest points is the power of family.
The story shows how far families are willing to go for their loved ones. Is it healthy? Not at all, but it shows the love these family have. Or the codependency these characters experience, which can be so deeply rooted that one doesn’t even realize. Every character doesn’t share the “codependency” but it does show that there’s love and care.
I found the novel very enjoyable, other than the confusion it brought me. It was captivating, it played on my feelings, and I genuinely enjoyed the story. I had my concerns and doubts, but the story pulled through, and I’d definitely think about reading it again. I recommend this book to people who love time jumps, and full suspense. This story is great for people who also enjoy occult fiction.
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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