The Winter Sister

The Winter Sister

Megan Collins / Jun 17, 2019

The Winter Sister In this spellbinding and suspenseful debut a young woman haunted by the past returns home to care for her ailing mother and begins to dig deeper into her sister s unsolved murder Sixteen years ago S

  • Title: The Winter Sister
  • Author: Megan Collins
  • ISBN: 1982100141
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this spellbinding and suspenseful debut, a young woman haunted by the past returns home to care for her ailing mother and begins to dig deeper into her sister s unsolved murder.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 In this spellbinding and suspenseful debut, a young woman haunted by the past returns home to care for her ailing mother and begins to dig deeper into her sister s unsolved murder.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 really will set you free, once you can bear to look at it The Winter Sister is a mesmerizing portrayal of the complex bond between sisters, between mothers and daughters alike, and forces us to ask ourselves how well do we really know the people we love most Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 320 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Touchstone More Details ISBN 1982100141 ISBN13 9781982100148 Edition Language English Other Editions 9 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Winter Sister, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book 2019 Adult New Adult Debuts 95 books 234 voters Mystery Thriller 2019 131 books 171 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 25, 2019 Melissa rated it liked it Shelves 2019, predictable, suspense mystery thriller, mediocre Is the engaging flow of an author s words enough to overcome a tired storyline Chances are, readers who frequent the suspense genre with any regularity will find this plot all too familiar It s a storyline that s been done, redone and overdone making this anything but memorable.The story opens with one family s devastation, 18 year old Persephone never making it home after a clandestine night out with her boyfriend Her mother and 14 year old sister, Sylvie, in shambles when the missing person Is the engaging flow of an author s words enough to overcome a tired storyline Chances are, readers who frequent the suspense genre with any regularity will find this plot all too familiar It s a storyline that s been done, redone and overdone making this anything but memorable.The story opens with one family s devastation, 18 year old Persephone never making it home after a clandestine night out with her boyfriend Her mother and 14 year old sister, Sylvie, in shambles when the missing persons case becomes an unsolved murder investigation Flash forward sixteen years, there s been no progress in the case, and Sylvie is simply existing in life Recently laid off, she doesn t have much choice when her aunt tells her she needs to get back home and tend to her cancer ridden mother Following Persephone s death, Sylvie s relationships with her mother, Annie, deteriorated, becoming virtually non existent Annie choosing alcohol and pills over her remaining daughter The tone for much of the storyline is one note cloyingly bleak and depressive Conjuring up those feelings that tend to accompany days upon days of rain, the only reprieve granted when the sun finally makes an appearance on the horizon or, in this case, a data dump The plot is a maelstrom of guilt, obsessive love, secrets and abuse that continually haunts both Annie and Sylvie Until the author decides it s time to utilize the so called data dump mostly comprised of telling, versus showing to clue readers in on the why behind Persephone s demise Again, frequent flyers in the genre will likely pick up on the clues sprinkled throughout, making the truth less than surprising And those things that aren t quite obvious are either too gross to spend any time thinking about or, quite honestly, sort of ridiculous.I also feel compelled to mention, since the author chose to revisit it numerous times, the constellation painted on the family s living room wall It comes to symbolize Annie and Sylvie s stagnant existence since Persephone s murder at that least that s what I assume Collins was striving for but honestly, the number of mentions makes it exhausting, wiping away any clever attempt to tie the story together or insert deeper meaning For this reader, the regurgitation of non pivotal information is nothing than a mood killer But and it s a pretty BIG but here, so hear me out despite my lengthy list of complaints, the flow of Megan Collins s words and likability of Sylvie s character make it easy to turn the pages Hence the three star rating.While I m not walking away from this experience feeling wowed in any capacity, I would certainly consider giving this author a second chance I m confident, with a creative idea in tow, Collins might deliver something truly fantastic Thank you to Atria for providing a review copy. flag 199 likesLike see review View all 45 comments PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps I got the ARC after reading your review Thanks 16 hours, 26 min ago Rebecca Thanks for saving me from Book of the Month choice disappointment with your review, Melissa 1 hour, 10 min ago Jan 24, 2019 Meredith rated it liked it Shelves netgalley Psychological thriller about a woman who returns to her hometown 16 years after her sister is murdered The murder has gone unsolved and the main character is tortured over her actions the night her sister died Estranged from her alcoholic mother, she finally faces her past and confronts her family s demons Sound familiar I have read this plot multiple times I am getting a little sick of the trope of a child or sibling returning home after several years distanced from family due to a murder. Psychological thriller about a woman who returns to her hometown 16 years after her sister is murdered The murder has gone unsolved and the main character is tortured over her actions the night her sister died Estranged from her alcoholic mother, she finally faces her past and confronts her family s demons Sound familiar I have read this plot multiple times I am getting a little sick of the trope of a child or sibling returning home after several years distanced from family due to a murder The plot feels recycled My review even feels recycled I even thought about copying and pasting an old review for another book and updating where appropriate, but I held off Despite the predictable and overused plot, the characterization is quite strong and keeps things interesting The tone is quite dark and never seems to ease up So, all in all, The Winter Sister is a decent, yet predictable, psychological thriller If you are a fan of the genre, it might feel like you have read this before I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review flag 159 likesLike see review View all 67 comments Meredith jendlo wrote Love this declarative review As I commented on a mutual s that I saw prior I m glad suspenseaholic I chose as my February BOTM the hi jendlo wrote Love this declarative review As I commented on a mutual s that I saw prior I m glad suspenseaholic I chose as my February BOTM the historical romance The Age of Light instead of this Thank you, jendlo You made the right choice 17 hours, 33 min ago Brittany In like it 17 hours, 32 min ago Jan 16, 2019 Chelsea Humphrey rated it liked it review of another edition Recommended to Chelsea by Irina Humphrey Shelves from publisher, netgalley I m between 3 3.5 stars on this one Demeter had an only daughter, Persephone the maiden of spring She lost her and in her terrible grief she withheld her gifts from the earth, which turned into a frozen desert The green and flowering land was icebound and lifeless because Persephone had disappeared Edith Hamilton, MythologyWhile this may, at first glance, appear to be a review of a book I found to be mediocre, I assure you it s not When you read hundreds upon hundreds of psychological I m between 3 3.5 stars on this one Demeter had an only daughter, Persephone the maiden of spring She lost her and in her terrible grief she withheld her gifts from the earth, which turned into a frozen desert The green and flowering land was icebound and lifeless because Persephone had disappeared Edith Hamilton, MythologyWhile this may, at first glance, appear to be a review of a book I found to be mediocre, I assure you it s not When you read hundreds upon hundreds of psychological thrillers and domestic dramas annually, it becomes excruciatingly difficult to be blown away by novels in this genre I ve found it to be nearly impossible to find a wholly original story, one that I haven t experienced recently and can t call the entire list of plot twists before the first 10% of the book has passed, so please keep that in mind while reading my thoughts here I did see every twist and turn before they appeared, but it seems I m in the minority here and could be due to the fact that I ve read a few books recently that seem intriguingly similar, right down to the view spoiler inclusion of a plot twist where one sister locks the window where the other is unable to enter back inside, thus resulting in that sister s death and the remaining sister s unquenchable guilt hide spoiler It wasn t until years later that I wondered why my mother didn t try to be strong for me, tell me that Persephone was just being Persephone and that she d be home before we knew it What did she know right then What does a mother feel in her bones when her daughter stops breathing I want to take the rest of this review to discuss the things I loved about this book Readers, the writing is exquisite, debut novel or not, and it was so easy to get lost in the atmospheric vibe that the author sets for us The cold, brutal temperature of the New England area enhanced the chilly, unsettling family relationships that are portrayed in The Winter Sister Typically, I struggle with a cast of nearly completely unlikeable characters, but somehow Collins made it work She drew me in with her compulsive dialogue, her unsettling past vs present narrative, and her raw, unflinching look at various forms of abuse I felt that the author really took a stand by the end of the book on making sure the reader knows how absolutely, positively not ok ANY type of abuse is, and how it s NEVER too late to remove yourself from a toxic relationship The ending was so satisfying, because we receive a realistic balance of redemption and heavy, traumatic background that needs to be worked through If this is the author s debut novel, I am beyond giddy to see what she throws our way next Her writing shows no limit to how far she can go, and Collins will stay on my list of up and coming authors to follow in the coming years Thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley. flag 133 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Jan 16, 2019 Debra rated it really liked it Shelves edelweiss There are secrets and then there are SECRETS Sylvie has returned home to care for her sick Mother A Mother who shut her and the rest of the world out after her daughter was murdered sixteen years ago As Sylvie attempts to care for her Mother, she must come to terms with the past, her sisters murder, her own guilt about that fateful night, the investigation and the reminders of her Mother s dark days, and her sisters secret romance.Dealing with her Mother is hard enough but then she comes face There are secrets and then there are SECRETS Sylvie has returned home to care for her sick Mother A Mother who shut her and the rest of the world out after her daughter was murdered sixteen years ago As Sylvie attempts to care for her Mother, she must come to terms with the past, her sisters murder, her own guilt about that fateful night, the investigation and the reminders of her Mother s dark days, and her sisters secret romance.Dealing with her Mother is hard enough but then she comes face to face with Ben, her sister s boyfriend at the time of her death The one person she believes may have killed her sister.Nothing makes us as lonely as our secrets Paul TournierBoy, secrets Who needs them You think you are protecting yourself, you think you are protecting someone else, you think no one will ever know, no one will ever find out We all know the saying What you don t know won t hurt youbut in this book, wellyou will need to read the book to find out I found this book to be quite enjoyable and was impressed that this was a debut book I enjoyed the complex family dynamics, the sisterly bonds of several characters, the effects of guilt, how grief affects not only individuals but relationships, unhealthy relationships, obsession, and learning the truth.A little past the half way mark, I figured out the one plot twist but the other still took me by surprise Well written and engaging debut which became a little predictable but didn t hinder my enjoyment at all After all, she still managed to surprise me in the end I look forward to reading books by Megan Collins.Thank you to Atria Touchstone and Edelweiss for providing me with my copy in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own flag 122 likesLike see review View all 36 comments Melissa Great review, Debra I agree, the writing was engaging, but the storyline seemed a little predictable to me I would certainly consider another of her Great review, Debra I agree, the writing was engaging, but the storyline seemed a little predictable to me I would certainly consider another of her books though Jan 29, 2019 03 08PM Debra Melissa wrote Great review, Debra I agree, the writing was engaging, but the storyline seemed a little predictable to me I would certainly conside Melissa wrote Great review, Debra I agree, the writing was engaging, but the storyline seemed a little predictable to me I would certainly consider another of her books though Thank you Melissa Jan 29, 2019 05 08PM Jan 19, 2019 Liz rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley A wonderful debut mystery, this one grabbed me from the get go Sylvie s sister died in high school and she carries the guilt of her role in the death around like a stone around her neck Years later, her mother, who had depression issues even before her sister s death, is an alcoholic dying of cancer Sylvie returns home to take care of her mother Sylvie is a wonderful character I loved that after college she became a tattoo artist It was creative, it required thought and skill, and it gene A wonderful debut mystery, this one grabbed me from the get go Sylvie s sister died in high school and she carries the guilt of her role in the death around like a stone around her neck Years later, her mother, who had depression issues even before her sister s death, is an alcoholic dying of cancer Sylvie returns home to take care of her mother Sylvie is a wonderful character I loved that after college she became a tattoo artist It was creative, it required thought and skill, and it generated a considerable feeling of power the tattoo artist, I soon learned, was not only the inflictor of pain, the drawer of blood, but also, on a good day, the fulfiller of dreams And I could totally relate to her Her mom hasn t been a mother to her, yet it still falls to her to return home and take care of her I totally get that guilt, that sense of forced obligation And the secrets Sylvie knows nothing of her mom s history The writing here is gorgeous, not at all typical for a psychological thriller She was a different person no longer the sun, as shed once seemed, but a cloud, one that always held the threat of a storm, and I knew very well how much it hurt to love somebody like that And the tension here is perfect I kept finding an excuse to read one chapter, just to see what the next twist would be There s lots going on here all the lies, the guilt, the overwhelming grief This book totally gets how we can make mistakes when we re too young to know better, but still find it so hard to forgive ourselves The mystery is easier to suss out than some But this book is really about the emotions than the crime My thanks to netgalley and Atria Books for an advance copy of this book flag 116 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Melissa Nice review, Liz That s a great way to describe this one this book is really about the emotions than the crime. Jan 29, 2019 03 09PM Liz Melissa wrote Nice review, Liz That s a great way to describe this one this book is really about the emotions than the crime Thanks Mel Melissa wrote Nice review, Liz That s a great way to describe this one this book is really about the emotions than the crime Thanks Melissa Jan 29, 2019 03 34PM Jan 22, 2019 Kaceey Traveling Sister rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves buddy read, netgalley, arc from publisher 3.5 Sylvia left her hometown just as soon as she could Rushing off to College and a new life Leave her past behind Years have slipped by and her mom Annie is quite sick It s time for Sylvie to face her past demons, return home and try to help No choice, really You see, she s now the only daughter He sister Persephone was murdered at the age of 18 The murderer never found, the case long ago dropping from everyone s radar When Sylvie returns home she immediately begins researching the det 3.5 Sylvia left her hometown just as soon as she could Rushing off to College and a new life Leave her past behind Years have slipped by and her mom Annie is quite sick It s time for Sylvie to face her past demons, return home and try to help No choice, really You see, she s now the only daughter He sister Persephone was murdered at the age of 18 The murderer never found, the case long ago dropping from everyone s radar When Sylvie returns home she immediately begins researching the details of her sister murder Along the way even running into Persephone s old boyfriend, Ben Are they able to unlock the secrets of the past to find a killer I have such mixed feelings about this book Where to start Well, it was very well written Had to remind myself it was a debut But it lacked something Depth Maybe simplyheart The story line itself was oh so familiar Been done several times with just slight variations of the same formula Teen girl murdered Sibling returns to small town and attempts to solve the decade old murder I just hoped for something a little or maybe different.Overall the writing saved this book for me and I will definitely be reaching for Ms.Collin s next release.A buddy read with Susanne Thank you to Isabel DaSilva at Atria Books via NetGalley, and Megan Collins for an ARC to read and review flag 100 likesLike see review View all 56 comments Deanna Terrific review 8 hours, 5 min ago Kaceey Traveling Sister Deanna wrote Terrific review Thank you Deanna 4 hours, 8 min ago Nov 25, 2018 Holly B rated it really liked it Shelves net galley, read in 2018, twists A gripping story that highlights the hidden past of the families involved A tangled web of family secrets may have bigger repercussions than anyone could ever have imagined.A suspenseful, character driven drama that explores a complicated relationship between a mother, Annie and her two daughters, Sylvie and Persephone.Sylvie has plenty of reasons to feel guilty at least in her mind about her sister s unsolved murder There is a reason she feels the guilt I loved the close bond the two si A gripping story that highlights the hidden past of the families involved A tangled web of family secrets may have bigger repercussions than anyone could ever have imagined.A suspenseful, character driven drama that explores a complicated relationship between a mother, Annie and her two daughters, Sylvie and Persephone.Sylvie has plenty of reasons to feel guilty at least in her mind about her sister s unsolved murder There is a reason she feels the guilt I loved the close bond the two sisters shared Sylvie did her best to watch over Persephone almost like she wanted to be her guardian angel The story line jumps between sixteen years ago on the night Persephone never came home to present day and her case is as cold as ever.Sylvie returns home years later, as an adult, to care for her ailing mother Her ever present guilt drives her to start asking questions about Persephone s murder Can she find the answers that the police failed to come up with Who has kept secrets for all these years She may have secrets of her own.A haunting story of love, obsession, and a search for redemption I was able to predict some things early on, but enjoyed the well developed characters and the emotional journey I ll be interested in what this author writes next Thanks to Atria Touchstone for my copy to read review flag 82 likesLike see review View all 38 comments Jan 12, 2019 Dorie Traveling Sister rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 netgalley challenge, mystery thriller This was really a 4 1 2 for me I really enjoyed this debut novel, my first mystery thriller novel of 2019 This book reminds me of why I do like this genre In this novel there is so much about about family interactions woven throughout There is the passage of time, from present to past which flowed beautifully and helped to give us incredible insight into the mystery of what happened to Persephone the night that she was murdered There are great characters whose true selves and past actions This was really a 4 1 2 for me I really enjoyed this debut novel, my first mystery thriller novel of 2019 This book reminds me of why I do like this genre In this novel there is so much about about family interactions woven throughout There is the passage of time, from present to past which flowed beautifully and helped to give us incredible insight into the mystery of what happened to Persephone the night that she was murdered There are great characters whose true selves and past actions are revealed This is a great mystery with a bit of a thriller added.This book started a bit quietly for me but it quickly picked up when Sylvie is called home to care for her ill mother The homecoming is barely acknowledged by her mother and instantly there is friction between Annie and Sylvie They each blame the other for Persephone s death Sylvie was just a young child but she knows what she did and it did result in her death, however not in the way that she thought Her sister s death has haunted her for 16 years.She finds that Persephone s boyfriend, whom Sylvie always thought murdered her, is working at the clinic where Sylvie must take her mother for chemotherapy After a horrible, and then awkward meeting, Persephone starts to trust Ben.Ultimately she doesn t believe that he killed her sister They begin to work together to research what all really happened on the night that Persephone was killed Believe me there is a lot that is revealed Ben has carried the death of Persephone in his mind and heart as he truly loved her He feels he never should have left her on the snow laden street just because she wanted him to I won t go through the rest of the plot, that is for you to discover I would recommend this to anyone who likes a mystery with a large mix of family dynamics, particularly mother daughter relationships.I received an arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss flag 80 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Dorie Traveling Sister Melissa wrote Great review, Dorrie Wasn t a new favorite for me, but I enjoyed reading your take on things Thanks Melissa, I wasn t sure at the be Melissa wrote Great review, Dorrie Wasn t a new favorite for me, but I enjoyed reading your take on things Thanks Melissa, I wasn t sure at the beginning but then it grew on me Jan 29, 2019 03 40PM Jennifer TarHeelReader Wonderful review, Dorie I loved the family dynamics aspects too Jan 31, 2019 03 05AM Jan 30, 2019 Jennifer TarHeelReader rated it really liked it Shelves kindle version, 2019 reads Not just another sister book As teens, Sylvie s sister, Persephone, was on a date with a forbidden boyfriend when she never returned home and was later found murdered The murder is still unsolved, over sixteen years later Sylvie and her mother, Annie, have not been in a good place since Persephone s death however, when Annie is set to undergo cancer treatment, Sylvie goes home to care for her Ben, the once bad news boyfriend of Persephone, is now a nurse at the cancer center where Not just another sister book As teens, Sylvie s sister, Persephone, was on a date with a forbidden boyfriend when she never returned home and was later found murdered The murder is still unsolved, over sixteen years later Sylvie and her mother, Annie, have not been in a good place since Persephone s death however, when Annie is set to undergo cancer treatment, Sylvie goes home to care for her Ben, the once bad news boyfriend of Persephone, is now a nurse at the cancer center where Sylvie must take Annie, and Sylvie has always thought he was guilty But why does Sylvie feel responsible for what happened that night What secrets is she carrying within herself The Winter Sister is much than a domestic thriller It s a study of the complex relationships between sisters and mothers and daughters I found the ending completely shocking in a fantastic way, and I enjoyed the emotionally dark tone of the book It always seemed like there was something sinister looming in the background thanks to the well drawn tension Overall, I found The Winter Sister to be an emotionally complex and thrilling domestic drama, and I m excited for Megan Collins next book Thank s to the publisher for the complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog jennifertarheelreader flag 76 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Mary Beth Traveling Sister Terrific review, Jennifer I enjoyed this one too Jan 31, 2019 03 14PM Jaline Fabulous review, Jennifer I wasn t going to add this one, but your review convinced me Jan 31, 2019 07 33PM Nov 19, 2018 Linda rated it really liked it Shelves mystery thrillers, net galley, psychological thriller, publisher Lying has dire consequences.Sylvie O Leary knows this first hand She s been covering up for her older sister, Persephone, for some time Persephone has been sneaking out to meet her boyfriend, Ben, at night when her mother thinks she s asleep in her room The girls agreed upon leaving the bedroom window open a crack so that Persephone can ease the window open later But this night, this fateful night, Sylvie takes it upon herself to stop the deceit by fully closing the window Her plan will for Lying has dire consequences.Sylvie O Leary knows this first hand She s been covering up for her older sister, Persephone, for some time Persephone has been sneaking out to meet her boyfriend, Ben, at night when her mother thinks she s asleep in her room The girls agreed upon leaving the bedroom window open a crack so that Persephone can ease the window open later But this night, this fateful night, Sylvie takes it upon herself to stop the deceit by fully closing the window Her plan will force Persephone to ring the front doorbell in order to get in A row will surely take place between mother and daughter, but the underhanded behavior will finally stop Sylvie will no longer be at the mercy of her sister s lies.There will be no mercy that night Persephone never comes home Her body is found along a lonely road buried in snow Years pass and the police are not even close to finding who murdered Persephone The impact of her death sends her mother, Annie, into a downward trajectory as she becomes a raging alcoholic who takes to a reclusive life Annie s sister, Jill, tries her best to keep Annie functioning somehow, but her efforts seem to go nowhere Sylvie moves out on her own Sixteen years have passed and a phone call reveals that Annie has cancer and must undergo chemo Jill begs Sylvie to come home to care for her mother Megan Collins has set the stage for the heavy duty consequences of a mountain of deceit The lies took root long before Persephone s death and they continue to wind their way through the lives of those caught in the bramble Collins twists the branches tighter and tighter as Annie s prior life becomes the focus The pace gains and momentum causing the reader to quickly flip pages The Winter Sister becomes a zigzag of a character study Individuals become and complicated as we walk around inside their heads You ll find yourself almost irritated by some of their questionable behaviors Obsession will sit in the front row It does finally get sorted out at the end Some will find it unexpected and some will already see the headlights coming from afar The predictability left me a tad disappointed Regardless, it still is an entertaining read.I received a copy of The Winter Sister through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Touchstone and to Megan Collins for the opportunity flag 75 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Melissa Great review, as always, Linda Unfortunately, I was one of the ones that saw the headlights coming from afar Jan 29, 2019 03 12PM Linda Yep I hear ya, Melissa, with those headlights Haha It was back and forth on many fronts Jan 29, 2019 06 44PM Nov 18, 2018 Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves mystery, favorites The Winter Sister wasn t something I planned on reading straight through, or even so long before release I read this back in November but after downloading I was in the mood for a mystery and I thought I d open it up and read a few pages I ended up reading straight through until 2am to finish I was pulled into Sylvie s story, the mystery of her sister s murder, and I had to find out what happened then and how it would all turn out in the present.Sixteen years ago, eighteen year old Persephon The Winter Sister wasn t something I planned on reading straight through, or even so long before release I read this back in November but after downloading I was in the mood for a mystery and I thought I d open it up and read a few pages I ended up reading straight through until 2am to finish I was pulled into Sylvie s story, the mystery of her sister s murder, and I had to find out what happened then and how it would all turn out in the present.Sixteen years ago, eighteen year old Persephone snuck out the window to meet her boyfriend, never came home and was found dead three days later, and fourteen year old Sylvie s world is turned upside down Their mother becomes a shell of her former self, retreating into her bedroom and staying drunk than she s sober The mother Sylvie used to have, one that snuggled and loved, disappeared and stopped caring Meanwhile, the murder of her sister goes unsolved even though Sylvie is sure Persephone s boyfriend, Ben, is guilty But not all is as it seems here, both Sylvie and her mother have secrets and guilt, casting a dark shadow over their lives Sixteen years later Sylvie must come back home to care for her ailing mother, and the anger and resentment she feels a palpable thing brewing between them Even worse is running into Ben, Persephone s old boyfriend who now works as a nurse at the clinic her mother must visit twice a week But meeting Ben, Sylvie discovers a few things about her sister s murder she didn t know, bringing up questions She discovers she wasn t the only one to keep secrets all these years, her mother has secrets of her own, and now Sylvie s determined to find answers Their dynamic was compelling and another interesting mystery to unravel I was glued to the pages to see how this all turned out, fascinated by the intense relationships, between Sylvie and her mother, Sylvie and Persephone and finally between Sylvie and Ben I m glad I took a chance on Megan Collins debut because The Winter Sister was fantastic A copy was kindly provided by Touchstone in exchange for an honest review. flag 66 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Jan 31, 2019 Carrie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley The Winter Sister by Megan Collins is a perfect example of a book that makes me want to continue to search out new authors for new stories The Winter Sister is a mystery suspense read that is a debut novel but you could never tell this is a debut.At fourteen Sylvie and her sister Persephone were very close and shared each other s secrets, whether they wanted to keep them or not Persephone being almost eighteen was at that rebellious stage and would sneak out to meet with her boyfriend her moth The Winter Sister by Megan Collins is a perfect example of a book that makes me want to continue to search out new authors for new stories The Winter Sister is a mystery suspense read that is a debut novel but you could never tell this is a debut.At fourteen Sylvie and her sister Persephone were very close and shared each other s secrets, whether they wanted to keep them or not Persephone being almost eighteen was at that rebellious stage and would sneak out to meet with her boyfriend her mother did not approve of until one night she failed to return home Not too long after the report was made to police Persephone s body was found.Now sixteen years later Sylvie has returned home to care for her ailing mother and begins to dig into her sister s past With the killer never having been caught Sylvie was always sure it was Persephone s boyfriend but now as an adult she begins to question just how well she knew her sister and the secrets around her.Picking this one up it really didn t take long at all to fall into the writing and get engaged in the story As the book goes on looking into the past and what happened that fateful night it s one of those slowly peeling back the layers until all the truth comes bubbling out kind of books Once beginning to piece together all of the clues it still was completely intriguing until the end.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit flag 72 likesLike see review Mischenko Wonderful review Feb 01, 2019 03 32AM Angela M Not my genre but I enjoyed your review and glad you enjoyed it, Carrie Feb 01, 2019 05 56AM Dec 06, 2018 Felicia rated it really liked it 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 for the imaginative drama and enjoyable prose While this book features an all too familiar plot, it does offer something that I wasn t expecting but very much enjoyed and that is a fascinating and novel family dynamic I would definitely categorize this one under family drama with a generous sprinkling of the thriller mystery genre I enjoyed the narrator, Sylvie, who has been suffering for 20 years with the guilt she carries over her sister s unsolved murder She bl 3.5 Stars rounded up to 4 for the imaginative drama and enjoyable prose While this book features an all too familiar plot, it does offer something that I wasn t expecting but very much enjoyed and that is a fascinating and novel family dynamic I would definitely categorize this one under family drama with a generous sprinkling of the thriller mystery genre I enjoyed the narrator, Sylvie, who has been suffering for 20 years with the guilt she carries over her sister s unsolved murder She blames herself for the death due to her inactions leading up to that tragic night Unlike a lot of characters of similar plots, Sylvie s feelings of guilt are completely founded leaving her in a crippling state of remorse.Although she reads younger than her 34 years, especially considering the hardships she has endured, Sylvie is without a doubt a likeable character that tugged at my heartstrings throughout Silvie s mother, Annie, is portrayed in a nonsensical manner, her actions and motives absurd and totally unbelievable.I figured out the plot twists, the murderer and the motive shortly before the halfway mark, which always sucks The motive for the murder is a bit ridiculous and baseless.Overall this is a fast, light and enjoyable debut, despite it s shortcomings I m definitely not deterred from reading offerings from this author I feel confident the best is yet to come.I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 66 likesLike see review View all 33 comments Jan 20, 2019 Susanne Strong rated it liked it Shelves buddy read, netgalley 3.5 Stars rounded down Family Dysfunction and Secrets Run Rampant Growing up together, Sylvie and her sister Persephone were close as they could be, thick as thieves if you must know One night, Persephone goes missing, and is then found murdered days later, her death remaining an unsolved mystery Thereafter, their family falls apart and Sylvie takes off, only to return when her mother is diagnosed with cancer Upon her return, Sylvie is determined to find her sister s killer and get justice 3.5 Stars rounded down Family Dysfunction and Secrets Run Rampant Growing up together, Sylvie and her sister Persephone were close as they could be, thick as thieves if you must know One night, Persephone goes missing, and is then found murdered days later, her death remaining an unsolved mystery Thereafter, their family falls apart and Sylvie takes off, only to return when her mother is diagnosed with cancer Upon her return, Sylvie is determined to find her sister s killer and get justice What Sylvie didn t plan for however, is the complexities of her relationship with dear old mom, whose secrets go beyond anything Sylvie could ever have imagined The truth is that Sylvie has quite a few secrets of her own, secrets she d rather keep hidden, if she had her druthers Is there a way for her to solve her sister s murder and keep these things hidden The Winter Sisters is a slow moving, well written novel with an intricate plot It is told both in the past and in the present, with the past storyline being my favorite While certain elements of this story are predictable, it is still an enjoyable read This is a fictional novel which showcases family dysfunction The secrets and the lies kept me gripped to the pages, wondering what they were and if and when they d come out Well done, Megan Collins This was a buddy read with Kaceey Thank you to Isabel DaSilva at Atria Books, NetGalley and to Megan Collins for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.Published on NetGalley and on 1.20.19 flag 56 likesLike see review View all 29 comments Susanne Strong Melissa wrote Nice review, Susanne Not a new favorite for me, but the author s writing was engaging enough to consider picking up her next one I c Melissa wrote Nice review, Susanne Not a new favorite for me, but the author s writing was engaging enough to consider picking up her next one I completely understand where you are coming from Melissa Jan 31, 2019 05 08AM Paula Kalin Great review, Susanne Jan 31, 2019 11 14PM Dec 20, 2018 Tammie rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery thriller A solid 4 stars A mystery thriller book, The Winter Sister centers around main character Sylvie As teens, Sylvie s older sister Persephone was murdered a crime that was never solved Sylvie always blamed herself for her sister s death locking her out of the house the night of the murder, helping her cover bruises caused by her boyfriend Ben, and never telling anyone about the suppose abuse that Persephone endured but never told Sylvie about Fast forward to present time Sylvie, now an adult, r A solid 4 stars A mystery thriller book, The Winter Sister centers around main character Sylvie As teens, Sylvie s older sister Persephone was murdered a crime that was never solved Sylvie always blamed herself for her sister s death locking her out of the house the night of the murder, helping her cover bruises caused by her boyfriend Ben, and never telling anyone about the suppose abuse that Persephone endured but never told Sylvie about Fast forward to present time Sylvie, now an adult, returns home to care for her ailing mother When Sylvie stumbles upon Ben at the hospital, who is now a nurse, she is determined to find out what really happened to her sister the night she was murdered The Winter Sister was an entertaining book and I would highly recommend this to fans of mystery thriller books Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to review this book flag 51 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Melissa Nice review, Tammie Wasn t a new favorite book for me, but I enjoyed reading your take on things Jan 29, 2019 03 16PM Tammie Thank you Melissa Jan 29, 2019 03 21PM Jan 27, 2019 Beata rated it liked it A decent thriller which seems to have the plot already sounding familiar, however, the writing style is good and it was a quite gripping read for me Some passages could be better edited in order to avoid some repetitions All in all, a good read for the fans of the genre Many thanks to Megan Collins, Simon Schuster and Edelweiss for providing me with ARC in exchange for my honest review flag 42 likesLike see review Julie Terrific review, Beata I ve seen several mixed reviews for this one I m still considering it Feb 01, 2019 11 12AM Beata Thank you, Julie Well, the novel is probably interesting for a reader who has read few books of the genre, I guess It reads well, but t Thank you, Julie Well, the novel is probably interesting for a reader who has read few books of the genre, I guess It reads well, but the framework is set and no surprises there Feb 01, 2019 11 29AM Jan 13, 2019 Kendall rated it really liked it review of another edition A gripping and emotional story about a family that has webbed deep and dark secrets.The Winter Sister by Megan Collins a strong debut that will leave you turning those pages up until the early hours in the morning Sylive returns home after many years following the murder of her sister Persephone to take care of her mother who is dying of cancer The relationship between Sylvie and her mother has been dysfunctional, strained, and unpredictable over the years especially take a turn when Persephon A gripping and emotional story about a family that has webbed deep and dark secrets.The Winter Sister by Megan Collins a strong debut that will leave you turning those pages up until the early hours in the morning Sylive returns home after many years following the murder of her sister Persephone to take care of her mother who is dying of cancer The relationship between Sylvie and her mother has been dysfunctional, strained, and unpredictable over the years especially take a turn when Persephone was murdered The story begins to unfold like an onion each layer that is pealed reveals darkness until the horrific underlying reasons to Sylvie s sister s murder is revealed This was a beautifully complex and emotional character study that Megan Collins has written I thought it was so fascinating behind the relationships and deep core dysfunctional roots of the daughters and their relationships with their mother The underlying reveal of Persephone s murder ties in so beautifully to the complex bonds of families and our pasts that we chose to cover up.I was impressed by Megan s Collin s writing style and the ease of grabbing her readers into this story of obsession, love, and loss I was able to predict early on some reveals with the story but this was still a thoroughly enjoyable family drama for me.4 stars Thank you so much to Touchstone Atria and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.Publication date 2 5 19Published to GR 1 13 19 flag 41 likesLike see review View all 20 comments Kendall Kaceey Thank you so much Mary Beth oh I hope you enjoy it I ll have to watch for your review Jan 18, 2019 08 35PM Melissa Nice review, Kendie I m glad you enjoyed this one so much One thing we can agree on, the author s writing style was great I just couldn t get on bo Nice review, Kendie I m glad you enjoyed this one so much One thing we can agree on, the author s writing style was great I just couldn t get on board with the predictable storyline Jan 29, 2019 03 31PM Dec 14, 2018 Shannon rated it it was amazing Thanks to Touchstone for gifting me a copy of The Winter Sister I really enjoyed this one Family secrets, lies and betrayal ohhh yes When Sylvie O Leary was fourteen, her sister, Persephone, snuck out of the house and was found dead three days later Their mother, Annie, took a turn for the worse She became an alcoholic and couldn t take care of Sylvie Sylvie ended up moving in with her Aunt and cousin and eventually leaving her hometown to start fresh, not as Persephone s sister The mur Thanks to Touchstone for gifting me a copy of The Winter Sister I really enjoyed this one Family secrets, lies and betrayal ohhh yes When Sylvie O Leary was fourteen, her sister, Persephone, snuck out of the house and was found dead three days later Their mother, Annie, took a turn for the worse She became an alcoholic and couldn t take care of Sylvie Sylvie ended up moving in with her Aunt and cousin and eventually leaving her hometown to start fresh, not as Persephone s sister The murder was never solved So years later when Sylvie is requested to come back home to take care of her sick mother, she starts to question the murder She was so sure her sister s boyfriend was the killer She knew it was him, had to be During one of Annie s treatments, Sylvie is shocked to see Ben, the boyfriend, working there as a nurse She s furious he s out on the streets, but in a hospital Sylvie knows what his hands can do Ooo yes, again, I really enjoyed this I had so many theories as to where this might go and I was surprised Thanks again Touchstone 4.5 flag 31 likesLike see review Dec 16, 2018 Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 publication, domestic suspense, fiction, mystery, read in 2018, from the publisher 4.5 Stars The Winter Sister is a stunning, suspense filled, edge of your seat debut by Megan Collins I was thoroughly captivated by this tale of domestic suspense and mystery surrounding the unsolved murder of a young girl and her younger sister s determination to see justice served sixteen years later Also, being a literature professor, I delighted in how Collins wrote such a passionate, discordant, disastrous family tragedy and so aptly named her murdered protagonist Persephone after the daug 4.5 Stars The Winter Sister is a stunning, suspense filled, edge of your seat debut by Megan Collins I was thoroughly captivated by this tale of domestic suspense and mystery surrounding the unsolved murder of a young girl and her younger sister s determination to see justice served sixteen years later Also, being a literature professor, I delighted in how Collins wrote such a passionate, discordant, disastrous family tragedy and so aptly named her murdered protagonist Persephone after the daughter of Zeus in Greek mythology to drive the storyline to its exhilarating and apt ending It was quite clever and showed from the beginning the stark differences between the two daughters sisters, who shared different fathers, one named Sylvie and the other named after the greatest of all the godsOne sister s unsolved murder, another sister s misplaced guilt and compulsion to solve her sister s murder, and a mother s desperate, heartwrenching grief over a daughter s loss that drives her toward madness make this novel than just a mystery It s a novel about mother, daughter, and sister bonds, and the strengths, complexities, and fragilities of those relationships Collins has written authentic, raw, and not always likable characters who have depth and substance, which is one reason I loved the book as much as I did since excellent and meticulous characterization is one of my top reasons for enjoying a novel.The storyline is captivating from page one and although I guessed the mystery of Persephone s murder midway, that in no way detracts from the book because the characters and their struggles to come to terms not only with Persephone s murder but also with the pain and hurts they ve caused one another since then and the guilt they ve carried makes for an utterly spellbinding and heartwrenching read Can I say that I ve already read some excellent suspense novels releasing in 2019, and The Winter Sister most definitely goes on that list I can already predict that 2019 is going to be an outstanding writing year for suspense and thrillers and am honestly thrilled to see so many debut authors already at the top of the list Without a doubt, I ll be watching for everything Collins writes from now on because I know it will be superb Collins debut is masterful, expressive writing and domestic suspense at its best This is one novel you don t want to miss The Winter Sister publishes February 5, 2019, so make sure you preorder your copy now Thank you Isabel at Atria Books for the ARC to read in exchange for my fair and honest review flag 29 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Melissa Great review, Stephanie Wasn t a new favorite for me unfortunately, but I liked your enthusiasm Jan 29, 2019 03 18PM Stephanie Melissa wrote Great review, Stephanie Wasn t a new favorite for me unfortunately, but I liked your enthusiasm Thank you, Melissa I m sorry it d Melissa wrote Great review, Stephanie Wasn t a new favorite for me unfortunately, but I liked your enthusiasm Thank you, Melissa I m sorry it didn t work for you Thank you Jan 29, 2019 08 20PM Jan 29, 2019 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Tl dr The Winter Sister may start off on familiar mystery thriller lines but veers deep and dark with its unflinching look at the devastation wrought by belief in all consuming love, grabbing you by the neck and forcing you to look at the wreckage it makes.The Winter Sister left me absolutely furious and despairing by the end and I think that s the point of this debut novel It doesn t want to soothe you with a happy ending or even a happy ish one It would rather punch you in the throat and h Tl dr The Winter Sister may start off on familiar mystery thriller lines but veers deep and dark with its unflinching look at the devastation wrought by belief in all consuming love, grabbing you by the neck and forcing you to look at the wreckage it makes.The Winter Sister left me absolutely furious and despairing by the end and I think that s the point of this debut novel It doesn t want to soothe you with a happy ending or even a happy ish one It would rather punch you in the throat and hiss Look To which I say, Yes, please It does start off on familiar ground thirty year old Sylvie, who lives in a careful bubble of nothingness with a job and life she s not that interested in, is summoned home by the aunt who basically raised her after Annie, Sylvie s mother, fell apart fourteen years ago when Sylvie s older sister, Persephone, was murdered It s for the reason you think Annie has esophageal cancer, and will most likely die.So Sylvie returns home, back to a mother who ceased to notice her or anyone or anything except vodka and pills after Persephone s murder Sylvie doesn t want anything to do with her mother or the town she left behind when she went to art school Upon her arrival, her mother is not interested in her or her cancer treatment Recently sober, she is, at best, sarcastic and rude At her worst, she continues to do what she s always done for as long as Sylvie can remember locks herself away in her bedroom and refuses to come out These periods of rejection and isolation used to occur every month, and Persephone had named them the Dark Days As for the town, it s still the same too small, insular, and there s still no real effort to find Persephone s murderer Sylvie isn t surprised by that either though She s convinced Persephone s then boyfriend, Ben, was the killer but that he will never be brought to justice because his family is the town family, storied, rich, and untouchable.Ben is, naturally, still in town and working as a nurse at the hospital where Sylvie takes her mother for chemotherapy In between hunting down a copy of Wuthering Heights for her mother to read, she deals with Ben, who insists he didn t kill Persephone, and thinks the creepy neighbor kid, Tommy, who lived nearby and was obsessed, did.Yes, this all seems pretty standard But here is also where Megan Collins goes deep and dark.Let s start with Ben He s not a bad guy who has secretly got a heart of gold and is really a big softie He s a deeply messed up man who drifted into being a nurse after returning home to live with his father on the family property for money after deciding impoverished life on his own wasn t cutting it.That doesn t sound so bad Ok Well, check this Sylvie drifted into her job as a tattoo artist because she used to paint designs onto Persephone s bruised body after she saw Ben Yeah, but Persephone s secret lover murderer was the one who really bruised her Right Right Nope No secret lover murderer in The Winter Sister, and Ben put those bruises on Persephone spoiler reason why he did it is interesting we ll get back to it Ben is one of the reasons The Winter Sister works he does want to be a decent guy but has no idea how A lifetime of being taken care of no matter what and messed up family dynamics have left him prone to feeling before thinking, and he s also never gotten over Persephone s death In short, he s a powder keg and Sylvie is the fuse.Speaking of Persephone, Annie can t even bear to say her name, much less discuss her with Sylvie Although when pushed, she reveals that she s done many of the many awful things she s done because she loved Persephone In fact, she even pushed Persephone away when she was alive and favored Sylvie because she loved Persephone the best.Yes She totally did it, totally believes it was for the best, and can t understand how destroyed that makes Sylvie feel Though, to be fair, it s clear to even Sylvie that she ceased to exist to her mother as soon as Persephone went missing And that s the tip of the iceberg where Annie is concerned Let s just say she puts the T in toxic parent, and could replace Narcissus as the picture for narcissism in the dictionary.I want to talk about so much about what happens, but I can t because spoiler and then spoiler and then spoiler and then the final showdown That last one is obvious but it still works, especially in light of how spoiler aka hi enormous and uncomfortable mess is going to result in whatever peace may have been found by a lot of freaking out followed by what should be 87,545, 543 years in therapy but, given the world Megan Collins has created, is unlikely to happen.But I can say this spoiler free where most authors would have taken the genre plot and made Persephone s killer be who it is, there are very few authors who would have had the murder be so horribly, terribly meaningless.Yes, I mean meaningless By the time Persephone is murdered, the reason why she is has already happened and often, and for months and isn t, in the end, even really about her at all, which is one of the reasons I finished The Winter Sister feeling hollowed out and reeling.Persephone dies because Annie is convinced she is part of a grand and tragic love story, one that caused her dark days, one that has, in fact, colored most of her life, ruined Persephone s, and has driven Sylvie s so far into the ground I don t think she ll ever see the sun again There s a reason Annie reads Wuthering Heights, and it s with Annie s belief that she s a modern day Cathy and spoiler is her Heathcliff that she manages to ruin her life and cause Persephone s death and ruin most of Sylvie s life.One of the things that I don t like about Wuthering Heights is that it s regarded as a love story I don t think it is It s about obsession, definitely It s also about two people behaving horribly to everyone around them and making the next generation suffer Persephone is the obvious sufferer, but in the end, I think the least damaged By the time The Winter Sister ends, the two main characters have already suffered and well I don t see an end to it in sight anytime soon Annie might not have killed Persephone, but she doomed her by loving herself and her twisted version of love than herself and her daughters Persephone of myth got to return to the living every year, but the Persephone of The Winter Sister never will and I m not sure Sylvie truly can herself Ditto for Ben Okay, that was long even for me but The Winter Sister really got to me A lot Highly recommended flag 25 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Elizabeth Felicia wrote Oh wow, Elizabeth you make this sound so much better than what I read wonderful review Ha You always make me smile with your rev Felicia wrote Oh wow, Elizabeth you make this sound so much better than what I read wonderful review Ha You always make me smile with your reviews and comments, Felicia And Yeah this one hit me in the feels very hard and I think that if it hadn t I d be in the three star camp But I think any book that gets to me like The Winter Sister did is aces Having said that, I hope she knocks it out of the park for everyone with her next book and I would love it if the plot was original in its origins 2 hours, 8 min ago Elizabeth Deanna wrote Great review, Elizabeth Thank you so much, Deanna 2 hours, 6 min ago Jan 20, 2019 Holly rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, netgalley When Sylvie s older sister, Persephone, was killed when she was 18 she blames herself Sixteen years after her death, Sylvie hasn t quite moved on but hasn t been back to her hometown since her sisters death Her mother became an reclusive alcoholic that hasn t been there for Sylvie since that awful day But when her mother becomes ill she moves in with her to help take care of her At the hospital Sylvie runs into Persephone s ex boyfriend and the one that Sylvie believes killed her sister Her When Sylvie s older sister, Persephone, was killed when she was 18 she blames herself Sixteen years after her death, Sylvie hasn t quite moved on but hasn t been back to her hometown since her sisters death Her mother became an reclusive alcoholic that hasn t been there for Sylvie since that awful day But when her mother becomes ill she moves in with her to help take care of her At the hospital Sylvie runs into Persephone s ex boyfriend and the one that Sylvie believes killed her sister Her mother refuses to talk to her, the police say they did everything they could to solve the crime, and the ex screams his innocence Somebody killed her sister and got away with it, so Sylvie sets out to learn the truthlly I did enjoy the mystery Everyone has secrets and a lot has been covered up So you never know who is telling the truth The only thing I really felt was kind of blah was when the murderer was revealed I didn t think that it should have happened the way it did After 16 years of being kept secret and the way it was just blurted out, well, it didn t seem to be realistic Overall, it was a good book and I would check out from this author Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 27 likesLike see review Melissa Nice review, Holly I agree with the blah reveal Jan 29, 2019 03 32PM sue I might find this blah too then Feb 01, 2019 02 16AM Holly Melissa I would have liked this a lot if it had a WOW reveal I agree with you that the constellation on the wall was overused and hearing Persep Melissa I would have liked this a lot if it had a WOW reveal I agree with you that the constellation on the wall was overused and hearing Persephone s name over and over again was a little annoying 22 hours, 40 min ago Dec 09, 2018 Jan rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc from publisher, mystery Pretty solid domestic thriller that kept me entertained I m still wavering between 3.5 to 4 starsthis was good, but not very memorable I made the mistake of waiting 2 weeks to write this review and I m paying the price now as I dig to remember the highs and lows What I remember I liked The mystery had me hooked There were some nice surprises that I didn t expectWhat I remember not being crazy about Sylvie s mother too much of a stretch for things to have gone like they did without any i Pretty solid domestic thriller that kept me entertained I m still wavering between 3.5 to 4 starsthis was good, but not very memorable I made the mistake of waiting 2 weeks to write this review and I m paying the price now as I dig to remember the highs and lows What I remember I liked The mystery had me hooked There were some nice surprises that I didn t expectWhat I remember not being crazy about Sylvie s mother too much of a stretch for things to have gone like they did without any intervention The ending was a bit too pat for me.Would I recommend Yes, especially since this is a debut novel While it didn t knock my socks off, it held my interest and I will definitely be watching to see what she comes up with nextC provided by NetGalley flag 23 likesLike see review Bern Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas Glad you enjoyed this one I have it coming up Jan 05, 2019 11 46AM Melissa Nice review, Jan I agree not a very memorable book Jan 29, 2019 03 31PM Jan Melissa wrote Nice review, Jan I agree not a very memorable book Thanks Melissa hope your next one is better Jan 29, 2019 07 28PM Jan 30, 2019 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it liked it Shelves read 2019 I was looking forward to reading The Winter Sister I love books about cold cases and this book about a young woman s unsolved murder intrigued me I love reading thrillers and I found this book to be very easy to read In fact, I breezed through it on a single evening, with even impressed myself I m a fast reader, but in this case and in other cases is it just that the story isn t overly complex so that I pretty much can skim the text quickly and still without any problem get the gist It s pr I was looking forward to reading The Winter Sister I love books about cold cases and this book about a young woman s unsolved murder intrigued me I love reading thrillers and I found this book to be very easy to read In fact, I breezed through it on a single evening, with even impressed myself I m a fast reader, but in this case and in other cases is it just that the story isn t overly complex so that I pretty much can skim the text quickly and still without any problem get the gist It s probably a gift that I acquired since my days of studying LOLAnyhow, as I stated before isn t it an overly complex story We have Sylvie the surviving sister, guilt ridden who travels home to take of her sick mother Her mother hasn t truly been the same person since Persephone was murdered and their relationship is not what it used to Sylvie starts to unravel the mystery surrounding her sister s death There are not many suspects, and the red herrings were pretty easy to spot and the book just doesn t have that many surprises It s simply a decent thriller Hence, the rating If the story had grabbed me , the character moved me had I been able to give a higher rating As it is, it s just an OK thriller, the story kept my interest up all the way to the end and I felt that the ending was if not that surprising at least satisfying I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review flag 23 likesLike see review Jan 02, 2019 Patricia Romero rated it it was amazing At 14, Sylvie s older sister, Persephone sneaks out of their bedroom window to meet a boy Sylvie saw her sister get into her boyfriend, Ben s, car Three days later her dead body is found in the snow And no one has been charged with her murder.Her once close bond with her mother disappeared the same day She crawled into a bottle of Vodka and Sylvie went to live with her aunt At age 30, Sylvie has an art degree but is working as a tattoo artist and living with crippling guilt and a lot of que At 14, Sylvie s older sister, Persephone sneaks out of their bedroom window to meet a boy Sylvie saw her sister get into her boyfriend, Ben s, car Three days later her dead body is found in the snow And no one has been charged with her murder.Her once close bond with her mother disappeared the same day She crawled into a bottle of Vodka and Sylvie went to live with her aunt At age 30, Sylvie has an art degree but is working as a tattoo artist and living with crippling guilt and a lot of questions.As if getting laid off isn t enough drama, a phone call from her Aunt Jill puts her right back into her childhood home with a mother now stricken with cancer, but sober Things are tense Sylvie is frustrated and haunted by the murder of her sister and no one being held responsible Meeting up with Persephone s old boyfriend at the cancer center shocks her to her core She has always believed he killed her sister, but now she isn t so sure.Digging into the past she will find shocking secrets kept by her mother and her sister She will come face to face with a killer but she isn t about to back away from getting answers.Even after I had my own suspicions about what was going on the writing was just so good I barely came up for air This story asks the question exactly how well do we know our mothers, our sisters And how one decision can shape so many lives over so many years The writing is so smooth, it carries you right along through the good, the bad and the really ugly The characters are real and deeply flawed in some cases As a debut novel, I don t think you can get much better Well Done Netgalley February 5th 2019 by Touchstone Atria Books flag 17 likesLike see review Melissa Great review, Patricia Jan 29, 2019 03 31PM Patricia Romero Thanks Jan 30, 2019 12 32PM Jan 05, 2019 Wendy Walker rated it it was amazing Awesome loved Here is my official review.Atmospheric and tragic, The Winter Sister brilliantly weaves together a gripping, suspenseful plot with a compelling character study of a grieving family From the mysterious mother with a hidden past, to the guilt ridden sister who now must solve her sister s murder years ago, these characters will stay with you long after you ve turned the final page Wonderful flag 15 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Karen rated it liked it Shelves comp copy from publisher, netgalley, 5000 books, read in 2018 After feeling pretty lukewarm about this story, then seeing all the 5 star ratings it has received, I know I am the outlier here The whole story felt forced to me, had a very young adult vibe, and the solving of the murder of Persephone Really Persephone didn t make a lot of sense.So I guess this just wasn t for me It obviously is a hit with most readers, however Thank you to Atria Books Simon Schuster for inviting me to read and review this through NetGalley flag 13 likesLike see review Dale Harcombe We can t always agree Hope your next read is satisfying, Karen Dec 20, 2018 09 01PM Karen Thanks Dale Dec 21, 2018 03 34PM Melissa I felt the same Nice review Jan 29, 2019 03 32PM Sep 15, 2018 Donna Hines rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley The cycle of abuse runs deep between a father and son and perhaps the father and his secret lover.Well, I ll tell you this is the edge of the seat thriller that had me up till wee hours of the morn.Sylvie s sister Persephone never came back home after a night with her boyfriend Ben roughly sixteen years ago.Now her sister is searching for answers and Sylvie won t stop till she unscrambles this web of lies and deceit that has gone on long enough.Sylvie is tending to her ailing and estranged mothe The cycle of abuse runs deep between a father and son and perhaps the father and his secret lover.Well, I ll tell you this is the edge of the seat thriller that had me up till wee hours of the morn.Sylvie s sister Persephone never came back home after a night with her boyfriend Ben roughly sixteen years ago.Now her sister is searching for answers and Sylvie won t stop till she unscrambles this web of lies and deceit that has gone on long enough.Sylvie is tending to her ailing and estranged mother Annie who is undergoing cancer treatment ironically Ben is a nurse at the same cancer center.Ben Emory isn t as peachy clean as we d hope but it goes like this, Like Father Like Son.He had a rough upbringing and while that s not an excuse for abuse of any kind it does lead one to stray from the norm.Ben has shown signs of deception about Persephone s disappearance but has kept hush.Now we learn he s not the only one keeping secrets as Annie is also on the hot seat.As the information trickles out and the twists start arriving the power players are set into action.What if the biological parent has his her own secrets that could tear an entire family apart Holy smokes get this and quickLoved it Thank you to Megan, her publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review flag 13 likesLike see review Melissa Great review, Donna Jan 29, 2019 03 32PM Nov 21, 2018 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it The Winter Sister is a beautifully written family drama and psychological thriller that has a cast of highly intriguing characters, an emotionally resonant storyline and an edgy literary vibe that really involves the reader in this intricate familial web.Sylvie returns home years after her Sister s murder, to look after her Mother who is battling cancer The relationship between these two is strained and unpredictable, both are hiding things surrounding the killing of Persephone, the once loving The Winter Sister is a beautifully written family drama and psychological thriller that has a cast of highly intriguing characters, an emotionally resonant storyline and an edgy literary vibe that really involves the reader in this intricate familial web.Sylvie returns home years after her Sister s murder, to look after her Mother who is battling cancer The relationship between these two is strained and unpredictable, both are hiding things surrounding the killing of Persephone, the once loving mother daughter bond dissolved As the story unfolds, layer upon layer of secrets fall away until Sylvie is left with the stark, horrific truth.This was a complex character study, extraordinarily fascinating especially in the very different perceptions of the Sisters when it comes to their Mother Annie is hugely secretive and obviously damaged, Sylvie in her childhood memories gets that across even as she struggles to understand it herself.The mystery element is very much secondary to the exploration of parent child relationships and the events that can form a personality Who killed Persephone is all tied up in the forming of bonds, the choices we make and the different ways we define love.It was excellent Disturbing, intelligent and hugely addictive, with a strong emotional sense, The Winter Sister works on many levels.Recommended flag 12 likesLike see review Melissa Nice review, Liz Jan 29, 2019 03 32PM Dec 19, 2018 Crystal King rated it it was amazing Shelves contemporary, thriller, women s fiction I could NOT put this book down Sylvie has escaped her messed up family life and left it in the past She s been struggling to make a go of it on her own when she gets the call from her aunt that her mother is ill, and it s Sylvie s responsibility to come back and care from her She does, but in doing so opens up a Pandora s Box of memories as she tries to come to grips with the death of her sister sixteen years past When she runs into Ben, her sister s ex, who is a nurse at the cancer center w I could NOT put this book down Sylvie has escaped her messed up family life and left it in the past She s been struggling to make a go of it on her own when she gets the call from her aunt that her mother is ill, and it s Sylvie s responsibility to come back and care from her She does, but in doing so opens up a Pandora s Box of memories as she tries to come to grips with the death of her sister sixteen years past When she runs into Ben, her sister s ex, who is a nurse at the cancer center where her mother is receiving treatment, Sylvie realizes that there are too many questions that need answers What she uncovers is a dark wound at the center of the horrible family mystery that will change all their lives forever Collins is a brilliant strategist when it comes to plot layering truths and untruths in a way that keeps the reader guessing A truly mesmerizing debut I can t wait to see what Collins is going to write next Thanks Atria and Netgalley for the early read flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 29, 2018 Kris Waldherr rated it it was amazing THE WINTER SISTER is one of those books that cut close to the bone for me First off, there s that gorgeous mysterious cover, which suggests an exploration into the dark, forbidden corners of the feminine psyche which is where this emotionally resonant debut takes us by way of the Persephone myth, one of the most powerful stories created by humanity It s also a myth that has served as a keystone throughout my life as an artist and as a daughter and mother Yep, it s potent stuff For those of THE WINTER SISTER is one of those books that cut close to the bone for me First off, there s that gorgeous mysterious cover, which suggests an exploration into the dark, forbidden corners of the feminine psyche which is where this emotionally resonant debut takes us by way of the Persephone myth, one of the most powerful stories created by humanity It s also a myth that has served as a keystone throughout my life as an artist and as a daughter and mother Yep, it s potent stuff For those of you not up to speed on your Greek mythology, Persephone is the beloved daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest When she reaches puberty, Persephone is abducted by Pluto, god of death and the Underworld, to be his bride, leading Demeter to mourn her daughter so greatly that the earth refuses to bloom, creating winter for the first time While there are numerous ways to interpret the Persephone myth it can be seen as parable about the seasons, sexual violence, feminine awakening, and maternal loss THE WINTER SISTER reinvents the myth by setting it in a snow laden modern day New England More impressively, the myth is retold through the grief stricken eyes of Persephone s surviving sister years later, showing how loss threads through the lives of the survivors, reweaving their destinies in unexpected ways Psychologically suspenseful and emotionally intense, THE WINTER SISTER is a page turner that kept me in its thrall until the very last page If that s not enough enticement, there s even a WUTHERING HEIGHTS Easter egg in it for the sharp eyed Many thanks to the author and publisher for the advance reading copy flag 11 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Book of The Month The Winter Sister 1 8 Jan 31, 2019 05 01AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Megan Collins has taught creative writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Central Connecticut State University, and she is the managing editor of 3Elements Review A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Off the Coast, Spillway, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Rattle THE WINTER SISTER is her debut novel She li Megan Collins has taught creative writing at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and Central Connecticut State University, and she is the managing editor of 3Elements Review A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, her work has appeared in many print and online journals, including Off the Coast, Spillway, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Rattle THE WINTER SISTER is her debut novel She lives in Connecticut


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    1. Is the engaging flow of an author s words enough to overcome a tired storyline Chances are, readers who frequent the suspense genre with any regularity will find this plot all too familiar It s a storyline that s been done, redone and overdone making this anything but memorable.The story opens with one family s devastation, 18 year old Persephone never making it home after a clandestine night out with her boyfriend Her mother and 14 year old sister, Sylvie, in shambles when the missing pe [...]


    2. Psychological thriller about a woman who returns to her hometown 16 years after her sister is murdered The murder has gone unsolved and the main character is tortured over her actions the night her sister died Estranged from her alcoholic mother, she finally faces her past and confronts her family s demons Sound familiar I have read this plot multiple times I am getting a little sick of the trope of a child or sibling returning home after several years distanced from family due to a murder.


    3. I m between 3 3.5 stars on this one Demeter had an only daughter, Persephone the maiden of spring She lost her and in her terrible grief she withheld her gifts from the earth, which turned into a frozen desert The green and flowering land was icebound and lifeless because Persephone had disappeared Edith Hamilton, MythologyWhile this may, at first glance, appear to be a review of a book I found to be mediocre, I assure you it s not When you read hundreds upon hundreds of psychological I [...]


    4. There are secrets and then there are SECRETS Sylvie has returned home to care for her sick Mother A Mother who shut her and the rest of the world out after her daughter was murdered sixteen years ago As Sylvie attempts to care for her Mother, she must come to terms with the past, her sisters murder, her own guilt about that fateful night, the investigation and the reminders of her Mother s dark days, and her sisters secret romance.Dealing with her Mother is hard enough but then she comes [...]


    5. A wonderful debut mystery, this one grabbed me from the get go Sylvie s sister died in high school and she carries the guilt of her role in the death around like a stone around her neck Years later, her mother, who had depression issues even before her sister s death, is an alcoholic dying of cancer Sylvie returns home to take care of her mother Sylvie is a wonderful character I loved that after college she became a tattoo artist It was creative, it required thought and skill, and it gene A wond [...]


    6. 3.5 Sylvia left her hometown just as soon as she could Rushing off to College and a new life Leave her past behind Years have slipped by and her mom Annie is quite sick It s time for Sylvie to face her past demons, return home and try to help No choice, really You see, she s now the only daughter He sister Persephone was murdered at the age of 18 The murderer never found, the case long ago dropping from everyone s radar When Sylvie returns home she immediately begins researching the det 3.5 Sylv [...]


    7. A gripping story that highlights the hidden past of the families involved A tangled web of family secrets may have bigger repercussions than anyone could ever have imagined.A suspenseful, character driven drama that explores a complicated relationship between a mother, Annie and her two daughters, Sylvie and Persephone.Sylvie has plenty of reasons to feel guilty at least in her mind about her sister s unsolved murder There is a reason she feels the guilt I loved the close bond the two si A gripp [...]


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