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Winter People: A Novel

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JENNIFER MCMAHON is the author of six novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Island of Lost Girls and Promise Not to Tell. She graduated from Goddard College and studied poetry in the MFA Writing Program at Vermont College. She currently lives with her partner and daughter in Montpelier, Vermont.


"One of the year s most chilling novels. She melds the mystery genre with the supernatural for a psychological thriller that is as scary as it is enthralling." The Miami Herald Jennifer McMahon is a writer of exceptional talent, andThe Winter People is a hypnotic, gripping and deeply moving thriller. With her beautifully drawn characters and complex, layered, and suspenseful story, McMahon has woven a dream from which I didn't want to wake and couldn't have even if I wanted to. Lisa Unger, author of In the Blood "Crisp, mysterious and scary.... The Winter People has a consistently eerie atmosphere, and some of its darker supernatural flights are reminiscent of Stephen King." USA Today I don't believe in ghosts. At least that s what I kept telling myself as I readThe Winter People.I also don't need to sleep with the lights on. I told myself that, too. But I was whistling past a graveyard or, in this case past a Vermont landscape that is authentic and recognizable and still altogether chilling.The Winter Peopleis terrifying everything you could want in aclassic ghost story. Chris Bohjalian, author ofThe Light in the Ruins "A fascinatingly creepy tale. The historical foundation and the modern mystery blend together seamlessly, making the reader eager to find out the secrets Sara Harrison Shea might have known, while the exploration of mother-daughter love and loss makes both Sara's and Ruthie's narratives irresistible. Not a book to be read late at night, or in a creaky old house, The Winter People is a literary thriller to savor." Shelf Awareness "A ghost story that is ... all too human.... A hauntingly beautiful read." In an edge-of-your-seat scary ghost story, Jennifer McMahon s The Winter People yanks you from one page to the next by expertly weaving the past and present. I will never look at the woods behind my home in the same way again! Heather Gudenkauf, author ofThe Weight of Silence A deliciously terrifying glimpse into a ghostly world that will haunt you long after you ve finished the last page. Jennifer McMahon knows how to conjure your darkest fears and nightmares, while entertainingyou with a clever, twisty plot that winds around and around, pulling you deep into the forbidden, secret world ofThe Winter People. Chevy Stevens, author of Always Watching This is not a book that will sit unread on anyone s bedside table for very long. Open the first few pages and you are swept into a swift, dark current of unfolding events that will hold you enthralled. Much more than a spooky mystery of murder and mayhem, The Winter People blends the anguish of loss and the yearning for connection into one great story, well told. Kate Alcott, author of The Dressmaker "

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