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The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

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I went to the library searching for the book, Dismantled, which I had heard good reviews about.  That one wasn’t on the shelf, but I did find another book, The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon, who also wrote Dismantled.

Let me tell you, I have not had a book that made me scared to go to the bathroom alone at night since I read horror books in high school.  This book was so addictive, I finished it in just a few days and read whenever I had time to.

Reminiscent of a Stephen King story, The Winter People is set in Vermont.  The story begins in 1908 and tells the story of Sara Shea, a woman and mother who experienced tragedy multiple times in her life, beginning when her mother died soon after giving birth to her.  Sara is raised by a woman she calls Auntie, who has the secret to bringing the dead back to life.  Auntie calls them sleepers, and she hides the instructions for Sara, should she ever need to bring someone back to life.

Sara leaves the directions hidden until a tragedy rocks her world and the only solace she can find is resurrecting the dead.

Sara’s story intersects with the modern day story of Ruthie and her mother and sister who live in Sara Shea’s farm house.  Another story line follows Katherine, who lost her son two years prior and then suddenly loses her husband.

This story was a page turner from the beginning.  While it was an excellent, suspenseful story, it also makes you think deeply about love and the pain of loss, a pain so great that you may be willing to do anything to see the one you love again.

5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.

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