The Winter People (Paperback)

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Staff Reviews

I loved this book. It's creepy in a muted way for most of  the book,
but it revs up considerably towards the end, with what I found to be a
bit of a surprising closing. I can't tell you how many bus/train stops I
missed while engrossed in this novel.  The story goes back and forth
between 1908 and the present day, creating puzzle pieces that the reader
must put together right along with the characters. It's a book about
profound loves and losses, and what that does to your mind and heart. 
It's about strong women fighting for their family. It will have you
checking door and window locks eventually (and probably hesitant about
closets). If you're like me, your own heart will hurt at the end of
the book.  Me?—I cried. This is my first McMahon book, but it will not
be the last." ~Jackie

— Jackie is "the fastest reader/book blogger in the West" & a most valuable TC staffer

February 2014 Indie Next List

“This unsettling novel tackles one of the biggest questions there is: Can the dead be brought back to life? Weaving between 1908 and the present, the plot involves a missing mother, a dead husband, a revenge killing, secret papers hidden in cubby holes, a mother destroyed by grief, something terrifying that is buried, something evil uncovered in a field, and a closet door that has been nailed shut. An intricate and chilling ghost story, The Winter People will have you flying through its pages!”
— Dianah Hughley, Powell's Books, Inc, Portland, OR


The New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell returns with a simmering psychological thriller about ghostly secrets, dark choices, and the unbreakable bond between mothers and daughters.

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.
Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara's farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that has weighty consequences when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished. In her search 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 into the historical mystery, she discovers that she's not the only person looking for someone that they've lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.
A Boston Globe Best Book of the Year

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780804169967
ISBN-10: 0804169969
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015
Pages: 400
Language: English