The Winter People by Jennifer McmahonThe Winter People by Jennifer Mcmahon

The Winter People

byJennifer Mcmahon

Paperback | January 6, 2015

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"Crisp, mysterious and scary.... The Winter People has a consistently eerie atmosphere, and some of its darker supernatural flights are reminiscent of Stephen King." USA Today
     Set in West Hall, Vermont, The Winter People weaves together the stories of two families living a century apart: Sara, a bereaved young mother in 1908, desperate to find solace after the sudden death of her little girl; and Ruthie, a young woman living in the same town, present day, who wakes up one morning to discover that she and her sister are alone--their mother, who never strays far, has gone missing. In this small New England town steeped in myth and superstition the lives of these women are drawn closer and closer by a fateful choice and long held secrets.
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 in Writing Program at Vermont College. She currently lives with her partner and daughter in Montpelier, Vermont.
Title:The Winter PeopleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.97 × 5.17 × 0.88 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:038568147X

ISBN - 13:9780385681476

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Her Best One of her most suspenseful yet, the foray into the supernatural was a great addition to her skill for mystery and storytelling.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was fantastic. I couldn't put it down! McMahon really delivers the suspense and creates a spooky atmosphere that is hard to tear yourself away from.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great read Jennifer keeps you on the edge of your seat
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Good! I didn't think I would like the touch of supernatural beings but it was quite a page turner!
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow, wow, wow This was an awesome ghost story. It kept me at the edge of my seat from the beginning and it was full of plot twists... I definitely recommend this one for people who like creepy suspenseful novels. What a great read! #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh,where do I start? First of all it is beautifully written,with very vivid detail.It was spooky and gave me the chills.It was also sad and I could genuinely feel the longing Sara felt. I loved all aspects of this book and was in awe at the amount of detail the authorwas able to put into this book.I felt like I was actually there in all different time periods like a fly on the wall watching and feeling everything the characters felt.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely a creepy, chilling read.. Review This book was wonderfully written. The story was addictive and a definite page turner but the last fifty pages or so lacked the depth found in the previous pages. It's not that I am not satisfied with the ending, I liked it... but it felt abrupt. I wouldn't have minded if the book was a little longer to explain certain things a bit more . And what's up with Gary by the way, that was a cliffhanger.. Too bad there isn't a sequel.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Winter People This book legitimately scared me, but it was really good. A great page turner that you don't want to put down.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! The Winter People is about a mother that just can't let go of her deceased daughter and (decades later) a girl who's uncovering all their secrets from the past. It was heartbreaking yet chilling.. I was legitimately afraid when reading some parts, but just couldn't put it down. This is definitely a new favorite of mine.
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This story was sad, creepy and disturbing. I always wonder about the people who want to bring their deceased loved ones back from the dead. Do they really think that the reanimated corpse is going to be the same as in life? Has pet Sematary taught us nothing? This never turns out well. Looking back, nothing much happens but the overall feeling is so menacing and suspenseful that I couldn't stop listening. The ending was perfect and satisfying, although if you are looking for everything to be explained you will be disappointed. The audiobook narration is really great on this one with the dual narrators doing a fantastic job
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is one of my new favorites! It was easy to read even though it skips back and forth between time. I absolutely loved this book from start to finish...I'm recommending it to everyone I know! Such an enjoyable read, unique, and at times very hauntingly startling.
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Little different for Jennifer but as always such a pleasure to read another of her books :)
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unique Paranormal Horror Story I've only read Dismantled by McMahon and have been anxious to read another book so was excited to sit down with her latest. The Winter People is a book I wanted to like more than I actually did. I kept reading hoping for something elusive that just didn't happen for me. Oh, it was a quick read. A unique paranormal horror story. Perhaps ghost story in a way, though some people are labelling it as zombie. It doesn't really fall in either category and yet it combines both together in a way that should appeal to fans of either genre. However, it is very supernatural, otherworldly and sometimes I just found people's acceptance of what was happening a bit too unrealistic. I felt the people should have been harder to convince and I was very disappointed with the ending. I don't think a girl that age would accept her fate so complacently. However, I did read the book very quickly so it certainly kept me entertained. I always enjoy stories told from different character points of view and/or that switch from past to present. Usually I enjoy the past story more but this time I found myself more interested in the two present stories and how they would end up connecting to each other even after the relation to the past had been planted. Decent spooky story with a living-dead theme.
Date published: 2014-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just creepy enough Every now and then I want a book that will creep me out a bit. Not so creepy that I can't walk through the house with the lights out, but just eerie enough that I'll second guess that odd seeming thud. The Winter People filled in that need perfectly. It has parents mourning their lost children, a long dead midwife/herbalist who might also have been a witch, a missing parent and it's all set in a small town where every body knows every body's business just as they have for past decades. Ruthie can't wait to leave town, but now that her mom has gone missing, she can't leave her little sister alone , nor can she betray her parents' trust and call the police. Turns out that Ruthie's mom isn't the only person to go missing, in fact several people have gone missing over the years. In another part of town, Katherine, a new resident, is trying to come to terms with why her husband had travelled to West Hall to have lunch with an unknown woman and then died in a crash on his way home. The clues that Ruth and Katherine uncover in their quest for truth just seem to cloud the issues even further. Things aren't really what they seem. Each step forward pulls these two women closer together. Author Jennifer McMahon has skillfully woven the past and present together in such a way that one could no longer exist without the other. I needed to keep them both alive to me at the same time and living with someone who you know has been dead a long time is just plain creepy. When you're ready to read this book, ensure that you have everything you'll need at hand, cuddly blankets, tissue, a drink or two and lots of time. You won't want to stop once you get into the thick of the plot.
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Wow what an amazing book.... I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down.. Everything about Sara was amazingly written... I definitely would recommend this book to many people. It has everything in it and more. Just wow.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Chilling Ghost Story! Jennifer McMahon's "The Winter People" combines heartbreak, mystery,the undead and gory murders into a novel that's mesmerizing in its intensity. It's a ghost story that begins in 1908 when Sara Harrison Shea is found dead beside her fatally injured husband in a field behind their house. Years later rumours still abound in West Hill about mysterious disappearances and ghost sightings but Ruthie Washburne and her sister Fawn barely take notice until their mother Alice suddenly vanishes, leaving them alone in isolated farmhouse. Searching for clues Ruthie finds Sara Shea's diary and is sucked into an age old mystery that will lead her into unexpected danger with a shocking surprise. Like a Stephen King novel, the plot twists and turns as secrets are unravelled and a curse from the past brings horrific consequences. The story's well-written and mesmerizing as the threads of events from the past converge in the present in a chilling conclusion. With clever dexterity Jennifer McMahon introduces puzzling clues - a bone ring, a battered old diary and a haunted cave - that will meld lives past and present, touching and changing them forever. The characters are well-developed and bring power and complexity to this many layered plot. Sara Harrison Shea, a woman suffering from loss is strong-willed, superstitious and obsessed with her daughter Gertie. Her husband Martin is shy, patient, devoted to his family, but as tragic events unfold he changes, becoming guilt-ridden and torn by doubt and despair. Nineteen year old Ruthie Washburne is a clever, responsible girl plagued by uncertainty, determined to unravel the mystery of her mother's disappearance and protective of her young sister Fawn. Katherine, an artist haunted by the loss of her deceased husband is single-minded in her need to resolve the mystery of his sudden death. With all the tragedy and horror that pursues these characters, in the shadows there lurks a sinister evil darkness that's ready to devour an innocent ,loving child, and a strange woman, endowed with supernatural power who, after being abandoned by love, seeks solace in vengeance. Although I'm not a fan of the horror genre, " The Winter People" captured my interest with its emotional intensity, its suspense, moving characterizations and magnetic plot. 
Date published: 2014-02-19

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Winter People:   • "One of the year's most chilling novels. She melds the mystery genre with the supernatural for a psychological thriller that is as scary as it is enthralling." The Miami Herald    • "I don't believe in ghosts. At least that's what I kept telling myself as I read The Winter People. I also don't need to sleep with the lights on. I told myself that, too. But I was whistling past a graveyard--or, in this case--past a Vermont landscape that is authentic and recognizable and still altogether chilling. The Winter People is terrifying--everything you could want in a classic ghost story." Chris Bohjalian, author of The Light in the Ruins