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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

REVIEW: The Winter Sister by Megan Collins @touchstonebooks @ImMeganCollins ‏

The Winter Sister 
by Megan Collins

Thank you to NetGalley and Touchstone for this review copy.

Publisher: Touchstone
Publish Date: February 5, 2019
Kindle Edition
336 Pages
Genres: Thriller, Mystery

Sixteen years ago, Sylvie’s sister Persephone never came home. Out too late with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, Persephone was missing for three days before her body was found—and years later, her murder remains unsolved.

In the present day, Sylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie, as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Prone to unexplained “Dark Days” even before Persephone’s death, Annie’s once-close bond with Sylvie dissolved in the weeks after their loss, making for an uncomfortable reunion all these years later. Worse, Persephone’s former boyfriend, Ben, is now a nurse at the cancer center where Annie is being treated. Sylvie’s always believed Ben was responsible for the murder—but she carries her own guilt about that night, guilt that traps her in the past while the world goes on around her.

As she navigates the complicated relationship with her mother, Sylvie begins to uncover the secrets that fill their house—and what really happened the night Persephone died. As it turns out, the truth will set you free, once you can bear to look at it.

My Review:

Sister returns to her hometown to take care of her mother and is revisiting her sister's murder from 16 years ago.  While she tries to rebuild her relationship with her mother, secrets come to rise that makes everything she thought she knew blow up in her face.

This is a hard one for me to review.  I loved the flow of the story.  It's definitely a page turner for such a somber read.  As an avid thriller reader, this is nothing really new to my repertoire of reads.  Dysfunctional family, a murder unsolved, misunderstood characters and a plethora of clues pointing to the somewhat obvious conclusion.  And I didn't really connect with the story or the characters.  
Don't get me wrong, the pacing and addictiveness in the writing made this an easy book to fly through, which I always love. As a debut, fantastically written.

I think anyone new to the genre will absolutely love this book while those who read a ton of thrillers may feel like they've seen this storyline time and time again.  I did like the characterization and the well written feel that is sometimes missed in debuts.

I have no doubt Collins will only be on the upswing as this debut is on the high end of lighter thrillers.  I'm certainly going to be picking up her work again.


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