- Gebundene Ausgabe: 336 Seiten
- Verlag: Doubleday (11. Februar 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0385538499
- ISBN-13: 978-0385538497
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,4 x 2,9 x 24,2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 541.102 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Winter People: A Novel (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 11. Februar 2014
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"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
“Jennifer McMahon is a writer of exceptional talent, and The Winter People is a hypnotic, gripping and deeply moving thriller. With her beautifully drawn characters and complex, layered, and suspenseful story, McMahon has woven a dream from which I didn't want to wake—and couldn't have even if I wanted to.” —Lisa Unger, author of In the Blood
"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
“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
"A fascinatingly creepy tale. The historical foundation and the modern mystery blend together seamlessly, making the reader eager to find out the secrets Sara Harrison Shea might have known, while the exploration of mother-daughter love and loss makes both Sara's and Ruthie's narratives irresistible. Not a book to be read late at night, or in a creaky old house, The Winter People is a literary thriller to savor." —Shelf Awareness
"A ghost story that is ... all too human.... A hauntingly beautiful read." --Oprah.com
“In an edge-of-your-seat scary ghost story, Jennifer McMahon’s The Winter People yanks you from one page to the next by expertly weaving the past and present. I will never look at the woods behind my home in the same way again!” —Heather Gudenkauf, author of The Weight of Silence
“A deliciously terrifying glimpse into a ghostly world that will haunt you long after you’ve finished the last page. Jennifer McMahon knows how to conjure your darkest fears and nightmares, while entertaining you with a clever, twisty plot that winds around and around, pulling you deep into the forbidden, secret world of The Winter People.” —Chevy Stevens, author of Always Watching
“This is not a book that will sit unread on anyone’s bedside table for very long. Open the first few pages and you are swept into a swift, dark current of unfolding events that will hold you enthralled. Much more than a spooky mystery of murder and mayhem, The Winter People blends the anguish of loss and the yearning for connection into one great story, well told.” —Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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"The Winter People" by Jennifer McMahon is about a mother that desperately wants to reverse the death of her beloved child and kicks off a hell lot of events by doing so.
I'm just going to flat out say it: This novel creeped me out. I don't like cupboards and darkness and I never have, and making the goddamn cupboard the home of your creepy monster will creep me out in 99% of the cases. The titular "Winter People" are deceased that were brought to life through a spell and are now able to walk the earth for seven days before never being able to return ever again.
The premise reminds me a lot of "Second Glance" by Jodi Picoult, but this one is a hell lot creepier!
From the beginning I noticed the extraordinary writing style. McMahon writes using an omniscient narrator, which makes it possible to create character-depth while introducing several plot lines that lead all up to the big ending. No flowery language, no annoying metaphors, she's writing straight to the point while still impressing me with her choice of words (Writing 5/5)
It's striking that some of the characters in the novel are very well developed while some main characters remain so flat, that it just makes you want to shake you head. The present storyline of the novel begins with the disappearance of Ruthie's Mother, but honestly, there is nothing we know about her after having read it all. Hell, she even avoided saying her name (Alice Washburne!) in Ruthie's POV, so I had to go back to remember!
It's quite obvious that the idea to writing it came from Sara and Gertie, which is also why these two have massively overdone scenes that have no relevance to the novel but were probably only fun to right. The editor did a bad job in this, the novel didn't need all those flashbacks. (Character 2/5)
I am very impressed by the fact that at no point it was possible to guess the relations of the three small stories that in the end made all sense in the bigger picture. A problem that always arises when there are multiple storylines is that there are no sideplots. I fully understand that in practice it is impossible to put side characters (and their plot lines) in this novel without hopelessly confusing the reader.
Still, when the character interrelations were resolved it was somewhat disappointing to have everything resolved all at once! The novel could have been only half as long and still would have had the same effect. In general I think that it wasn't all thoroughly planned to perfection, taking into consideration the absolutely weird and random ending that wasn't even an ending? I didn't understand the random flashback and the open end and it just left me annoyed with this novel, which never ever should happen.
While I enjoyed the flashbacks up to the middle of the novel, I don't think that they were all necessary. Also, switching between Sara's POV and her writings in the diary is absolutely confusing, given the fact that the novel also bears quite a relevance to the characters in the novel! If you mix it all up, how am I supposed to know whether the characters figured it out already or not? (Plot 2/5)
Overall: Would I Recommend?
What's really remarkable in "The Winter People", is that it had me at the edge of my seat the entire time. The Winter People themselves, what is supposed to be scary, weren't even the main focus. Essentially, it's a thriller, and boy, was I thrilled. I actually slept with the lights on after finishing this. No joke. It's a solid read, nothing out of the ordinary, but worth reading. So, a light recommendation for that one.
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Moving into the present, Ruthie and her young sister, Fawn, live in the same farmhouse where Sara had lived many years ago, near the ominous Devil's Hand, an odd outcropping of huge rocks where over the years several people have mysteriously gone missing. Now Ruthie's mother has vanished, too, seemingly without a trace. In addition to searching for her mother, 19-year-old Ruthie must assume the role of caregiver to Fawn while she also sorts through her misgivings about her mother's hippie lifestyle. When her mother's past catches up to her present, things get complicated for Ruthie.
In the meantime, a grieving mother, Katherine, who is also recently widowed, is retracing her husband's steps on his last day. This leads her straight to West Hall, Vermont and Ruthie. She helps Ruthie uncover the bone-chilling truth about her mother's disappearance while planning to execute her own plan.
Although the story is a bit hard to follow during the first few chapters, the author, Jennifer McMahan, skillfully weaves the past and the present into one story, pulling all threads together by the end of her tale. She creates a convincing legend to surround West Hall that has the feel of real folklore. She is a true master of suspense and unexpected endings.
This one had a very 'Pet Cemetery' feel to it. It has alternating POV's between the past and the present. From the cover to the first few pages with the secret diary... this one may just have you up at night just from the creepiness factor. I wanted something different to read... and I definitely got it with 'The Winter People'.