The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Much better and to my tastes than a previous book I read by this author. What the author is most gifted in writing, besides a spine tingling thriller, is the timing. The story is revealed in two different time frames; 1908 when Sara kept her journal, recalling her childhood and grief while living with her husband, Martin, and having a new grief and the way it plays out which is crucial to the story in the other time period -the today. Today consists of Ruthie, coming home stoned and drunk, waking up unpleasantly to the fact that her mother is missing and her sister is 6 years old. Sobering quickly, Ruthie and Fawn find a few clues to follow, including the secret diary of Sara Harrison Shea and I couldn't put the book down.
Timing - Believing in Sleepers and knowing Gertie has returned.
Timing - Or maybe it is a a living person playing with another's sanity.
Then back and forth.
This is not a book I would strongly recommend to read into the night, waiting for your child to come home. I still had to use the bathroom. Alone. Would I have a Sixth Sense moment? I hoped not. It's an excellent scary book and I enjoyed the the journey before I was privy to the inside info of whether or not the dead could be raised.