The Winter People Review


So I typically will say that I’ll read anything, everything and do it on a regular basis. That’s not true. I realized that I don’t have a wide range in what I read. Let’s face it, I read a lot of historical and YA novels. At least I know what I like. At least in that part of my life I’m not searching. I recently picked up The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon. It is definitely not a book I would normally read.

One of the things that I’ve always boasted about a little bit is my ability to almost disconnect. In that way I mean that I get into a book and into a world but I never let it get under my skin. I never let it bother me to point of paranoia. This book got to me a little. I did a lot of reading of this book late at night and, though not fighting sleep, was definitely tired. My defenses were down. And it doesn’t help I was sitting in the back of my dark house in a little room. Am I trying to make excuses for myself? Absolutely. But I did find myself looking out the door of the room quite a bit and turning on all the lights when I went out to the kitchen. Now I’ve heard this book compared to Pet Sematary by Stephan King. I’ve never read it so all my opinions are completely untainted by any other book. But I as trying to figure out what movie this reminded me of. For a while it was The Village but that was false. If you can make a suggestion that would make sense, I’d appreciate it.

Because this is not my normal genre, I did not put any holes in this book plot wise. I was trying to keep up and pay attention to what was going on. It’s like that with genres you don’t read often. You have to pay attention a lot more. So I will not complain a lot about that. To me, this book was tightly woven with the plot. But that’s just me. If I read this genre more, I would probably poke holes into it. But to my unsuspecting eyes, it’s good.

In this case, I like that the author went back and forth between time periods. It made me wonder who Gertie really was then and who she was in relation to now. For a while, I was convinced that Alice was the modern Gertie or Sara and her time was up and she went to go die or went back into time. It’s logical. In my head it’s logical.

I couldn’t relate to Sara and Gertie’s relationship. I don’t know anyone that’s that close to their child. There’s always a boundary. I’m sure every parent who has lost a child would bring their dead child back without a doubt. But I think that Sara went a little far. The part that I was confused was that this spell thing was supposed to last 7 days and then they were gone. Why was Gertie around for decades? Will Katherine’s husband be around for decades? That surprised me. When she did the thing to bring him back, I thought it didn’t work and then BAM! Also will he be as needy with attention as Gertie? Gertie needed a lot of attention it seemed.

I liked Martin. At least I think I would have liked Martin. I saw him in a kind of an extreme part of his life. But I’m pretty sure I would have liked him. I also might have liked Katherine’s husband. But he was dead and then he was a winter people so we’ll never really know will we? No, we won’t.

The whole Auntie thing. Was she a legitimate Aunt or was she a close family friend that they called Aunt? I missed that part. And that she was really who was in Martin’s arms and not Sara. That explains the fact that Sara haunted the town for years. But I was also a little unsure if she was the one who actually caused some of the murders. Like I know Martin’s she didn’t directly cause. But like Martin’s brother did she? I know she went to go visit him after the whole situation but did she give him the gasoline? It’s one of those questions I don’t necessarily think that I will ever get an answer for because it’s supposed to be unanswered.

I know I wasn’t really going to poke at this story but something has been bothering me. Why in the hell did Alice keep Ruthie there instead of letting her go far away for college in the first place? Was it just because of Gertie? That would be totally lame. I feel like she was almost pressured to stay there. And what kind of name is Fawn? It’s so weird to me.

Overall, I didn’t mind this book. If you read a lot of ghost stories, you might not be impressed at all. It’s an easy, quick read that makes you think and it will get you to talk about some of the characters endings. And just as a disclaimer, I know there’s a lot of things I didn’t talk about with this book so just deal.


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I'm just an average 20 something female that loses myself in a good book. Life has gotten hectic trying to balance small town living, working towards teaching overseas, finding that special someone and figuring out how life is supposed to work post-college. Thank God for books and knitting!

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