Image of The Winter People: A Novel


Image of The Winter People: A Novel

McMahon’s novel is a nicely written, beautiful story, but it suffers from slow pacing. Though it travels quickly through different time periods and decades, the speed of the plot doesn’t match up with the momentum of the time-travel element and lags behind. Otherwise, the novel is an excellent read with an unsettling but odd theme: Can the dead be brought back to life?

Strange things have always happened in West Hall, Vt., but the most famous case is of Sara Harrison Shea, who was found dead in 1908 just months after the tragic death of her daughter Gertie. Today, Sara’s old farmhouse is occupied by 19-year-old Ruthie, her younger sister Fawn and her mother Alice, who has always insisted on living in private. One day when Ruthie wakes up, her mother is gone. Ruthie finds Sara’s diary and starts to investigate what really happened to her during the search for her own mother. She also learns that there are others who are seeking their missing loved ones. (DOUBLEDAY, Feb., 336 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Lauren DuBois