The Winter People is a Halloween treat for today’s edition of VBPL Recommends.
Set in small town Vermont, and switching between modern day and the early 1900s, The Winter People is a disturbing tale of death…and what it means to remain dead.
In 1908 Sara Harrison Shea is found dead behind her house after appearing to slowly go insane following the demise of her young daughter, Gertie. Set at the same farm house, modern day teenager Ruthie lives “off the grid” with her mother and sister. Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that her mother has disappeared and she is left alone to solve the mystery of her disappearance while attempting to care for her younger sister. Searching her mother’s room Ruthie stumbles upon a hidden diary in the floorboards. The diary is the story of Sara Harrison Shea, and within is a tale that will intertwine the lives of those both past and present in a disturbing and quietly suspenseful mystery.
The Winter People is one of those atmospheric stories that can leave you feeling cold and damp just thinking about it. I will admit that my husband asked me to stop reading this book before bed after I woke him up to check on a sound I thought I heard in the living room at 3 a.m. (he was not amused). So, if you are looking to give yourself a psychological scare this Halloween, checkout The Winter People at VBPL today.