Five years ago, Susannah Harper’s son Joel went missing without trace. Bereft of her son and then of her husband, Susannah tries to accept that she may never know for certain what has happened to her lost loved ones. She has rebuilt her life around a simple selfless mission: to help others who, like her, must learn to live without hope.
But then, on the last night of Hull Fair, a fortune-teller makes an eerie prediction. She tells her that this Christmas Eve, Joel will finally come back to her.
As her carefully-constructed life begins to unravel, Susannah is drawn into a world of psychics and charlatans, half-truths and hauntings, friendships and betrayals, forcing her to confront the buried truths of her family’s past, where nothing and no one are quite as they seem.
A ghostly winter read with a modern gothic flavour. A tale of twisted love, family secrets and hauntings.
Having enjoyed Lily’s House, which was actually the very first book I read this year, I was eager to get my hands on The Winter’s Child. I’m pleased to say that this is another book I really enjoyed by this author.
The Winter’s Child is a dark mystery thriller. Yet again, this is a character led story. Something I’m discovering this author does very well. If you’re after a quick thrill, this probably isn’t the book for you, but if you enjoy character led stories with a dark foreboding atmosphere as the mystery unravels, then I would definitely recommend this book.
I really felt for Susannah, and could feel the personal torture in her need to know what had happened to her missing son. The feeling of her obsession and what felt like a gradual fall into insanity at times was very intense.
For many years I’ve been intrigued by fortune-tellers, but I’ve always been too afraid to approach one in case they tell me something that freaks me out and I spend the rest of my life obsessing about it. I have to say that this story in no way changed my opinion, other than to confirm that for me I think life is best left as a mystery.
Although I had my suspicions about the ending, I didn’t fully guess what was going to happen.
Well-developed and believable characters and a wonderfully dark atmosphere that still hangs over me a couple of days after reading this.
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