The Winter People: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Feb 11, 2014 - Fiction - 336 pages
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The New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell returns with a simmering literary thriller about ghostly secrets, dark choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters . . . sometimes too unbreakable.

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea's diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother's bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara's fate, she discovers that she's not the only person who's desperately looking for someone that they've lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.
 

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User Review  - AmaliaGavea - LibraryThing

"Sometimes they're angry. They hate being stuck." This was one of my most anticipated scheduled reads for the year. It felt appropriate for the beginning of the winter, since November calls for ... Read full review

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User Review  - PamV - LibraryThing

This was a bit fantasy, a bit thriller and a bit mystery. I did find the character development in the beginning of the book a bit confusing. There were a lot of people to keep track of and in the end ... Read full review

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JENNIFER MCMAHON is the author of six novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell. She graduated from Goddard College and studied poetry in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College. She currently lives with her partner and daughter in Montpelier, Vermont.

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