Length: 480 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 45 minutes
First Published: 2013
In 1908, Sara Harrison Shea was found brutally murdered in the cornfield behind her house just months after her daughter’s tragic death. In the present day living in Sara’s former farmhouse, nineteen-year-old Ruthie comes home one night to find her mother has vanished. Now Ruthie finds she might be the only one capable of keeping history from repeating itself. McMahon’s modern-day ghost story is a chilling reminder that the dead never truly leave us. A fun atmospheric read for any fan of spooky books.
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.
Quotes from The Winter People
If snow melts down to water, does it still remember being snow?
Madness is always a wonderful excuse, don’t you think? For doing terrible things to other people.
She was his great adventure; his love for her had taken him places he’d never dreamed of going.
How can you dream if you don’t have a soul?
About Jennifer McMahon
Jennifer McMahon is the author of nine novels, including Promise Not to Tell, The Winter People, The Children on the Hill, My Darling Girl, and The Drowning Kind. She currently lives in Vermont. Visit the author’s website →