Book Review : The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

This one have been on my TBR for so long and I’m so excited to start this!

Genre : Horror
Page : 317 pages
Published : 11th February 2014

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead 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. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that has weighty consequences when 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. As Ruthie gets sucked into the historical mystery, she discovers that she’s not the only person looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

“If snow melts down to water, does it still remember being snow?”

First off, even though I have this book on my TBR list for so long, It has never crossed my mind that this is a horror based book. My initial reason for picking up this book is because I’m in need of thriller. My quest for thriller is hard to quench, people!


I’m not checking much for this book and reading from only the blurb, I solely made assumptions that this is thriller based. You could imagine how weird it was for me when I first read this book. A bit of thriller and much more… supernatural. No to mention, I think this is my first horror book I’ve ever read.

Reading this book give me a whole new experience. The haunting disappearance, the mystery, the supernatural, the characters. This book are being presented in two different timelines. One in the past and one in the present. We are being introduced to the premises that is happening in the past. At first, it was fun to read this book and again, it’s weird at the same time because I’m still no doubt clueless of the horror genre.

The more I read, the more I desperately rush my reading to get through the present timeline because I think it stuck too long in the past time. However, once I get through the present timeline, things easily become… mundane. I did not get the thrilling sensation like I did in the past timeline and it’s kind of draggy.

Truthfully, I’m not sure if I would post this review publicly into this blog. I’m not the biggest fan of this book BUT I do not hate the book either. It introduced me to a whole new experience of reading horror and the story is absolutely creative and bizarre. The mysterious disappearance keep on haunting me and persuade me to read it through.

This review is solely based on my experienced reading my first horror, so I’m not sure if you would feel what I feel when I read the book because I do not know how horror books usually work. For this book, I’m so excited to start and I find it fun and thrilling to read the past timeline but it all soon died down when I reach through the current timeline.

I find the current timeline is a bit beating around the bushes. I know this happened to accumulate the horror and thrilling sensation to give the best experienced for readers but I personally think it’s not supposed to be too long. I ended up skimming a lot of chapters.

Another thing, rather than horror and thriller, I think this book fits more to be supernatural. The mystery and the disappearance is definitely haunting but I don’t think it’s being delivered that well to haunt me day and night. However, I love the ending. Like any other horror movie where the horror strike all in the ending ( I do not read horror but I love a good horror movie!) but despite the ending, I think there’s nothing really scary or thrilling about this book.

But again, this is my opinion of the book. Many found this book to be satisfyingly horror. Please do read the book if you are interested with the book! (ɔ◔‿◔)ɔ ♥

“And, as in all fairy tales, there was bloodshed, there was loss.”

Author: Celine

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