There’s no way to tell what The Winter People is about just by reading the blurb on the jacket. It’s just as well because I might not have read it otherwise. And even though I got an inkling of where it was headed early on, it didn’t matter because by then I was hooked. The Winter People moves back and forth between 1908 and the present moment.
Sara Harrison Shea kept a diary in which she recorded the events of her life including a monumental loss she suffered in 1908 and the decisions she made because of it. Decisions that reverberated through the years and touched or altered countless lives some in horrific fashion.
In the present moment Ruthie wakes up one morning to discover that her mother has disappeared without a trace. While searching for clues she uncovers a gun, wallets belonging to people she has never met and Sara's diary. During that same time period, Katherine loses her young son to leukemia and then several months later her husband to a car accident. While trying to come to terms with her losses she finds some missing diary pages and a map in his belongings, items that will eventually lead back to Sara. Eventually these three stories intersect in a way that has lasting consequences on all three.
I was enthralled and on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. What an excellent read!