Book Review: The Winter People

THE WINTER PEOPLE | Jennifer McMahon
02.11.2014 | Anchor
Rating: 4/5 stars


West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious of that is of Sara Harrison Shea who was found dead in 1908 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. 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. Ruthie is quickly enveloped in a historical mystery and discovers that she’s not the only person looking for someone that they’ve lost, however, she might be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

THE WINTER PEOPLE is my first book by Jennifer McMahon and it has convinced me that I need to read everything on her backlist! From the start, this book draws the reader in with a mixture of historical information about Sara Harrison Shea’s life and present day events. Each timeline had its own interesting and intriguing events that kept my attention and interest throughout. The horror comes in through not only with unsettling, but realistic situations, but also in the claustrophobic ending McMahon designed. There’s a great mix of supernatural and thriller within the pages of this story, which makes it applicable for readers of various genres. The last quarter of this book truly kept me on the edge of my seat, eager to find out what would happen and how things would end. If you’re looking for a creepy read, this is definitely one to try!

50 States of Horror Challenge: Vermont

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