The Winters
“From the brilliant first line to the shattering conclusion, The Winters will draw you in and leave you breathless. . . . A must read.” —Liv Constantine, author of The Last Mrs. ParrishInspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a spellbindingly suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that can’t be escapedAfter a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman—alive or dead—to interfere.As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets—the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.

The Winters Details

TitleThe Winters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 16th, 2018
PublisherViking
ISBN-139780525559702
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense

The Winters Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars"Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again."Now that is how you grip a reader from the very first sentence!A young woman, who shall remain nameless, meets Max, a wealthy politician and widower when he charters a boat form the company where she is employed in the Cayman Islands. After a whirlwind romance, she decides to turn down a job promotion and travels with Max to his home on Long Island. The home, Asherley, is opulent and the grounds are lush. She and Max are engaged, and she hop 4.5 Stars"Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again."Now that is how you grip a reader from the very first sentence!A young woman, who shall remain nameless, meets Max, a wealthy politician and widower when he charters a boat form the company where she is employed in the Cayman Islands. After a whirlwind romance, she decides to turn down a job promotion and travels with Max to his home on Long Island. The home, Asherley, is opulent and the grounds are lush. She and Max are engaged, and she hopes to embrace a new life as Mrs. Winters with her new husband. But of course, there are obstacles - his teenage daughter, Dani who is less than impressed that her father is engaged and the presence of Rebekah, Max's ex-wife. No, there are no ghosts in this novel, but Rebekah's presence is felt all over the house. Rebekah decorated the home, her clothes are still there, Dani keeps her Mother's pictures up and even the staff keep bringing up the first Mrs. Winters in conversation.Soon it becomes obvious that there is some tension between Dani and her Max. Is Dani just a rebellious teenager who is still dealing with the shock and loss of her Mother? Is Max the perfect loving father he appears to be? Max is often busy pursuing his political aspirations which leaves Dani and the soon to be (new)Mrs. Winters alone to interact with each other. Family secrets, tension, rebellion, lies, political aspirations run throughout this book. I realized at the very end that the new Mrs. Winters is never given a name. I do not want to say too much about this book or the plot as I feel readers should go into this book knowing as little as possible. The description is correct, this book is riveting. I LOVED that I could not figure this book out!!! The Author does a brilliant job of giving the reader little bits and pieces of information which are not only riveting but also are there so the reader comes up with what he/she believes is happening in this book.... but will those assumptions and guesses be correct?? Mine were not!! I LOVE when a book surprises me. I read most of this book in one sitting - or shall I say, I devoured it. After the new, second, Mrs. Winters moved into Asherley Estate things really kicked into high gear for me. Dani alone is a very interesting character! As the revelations began to unfold, I was on the edge of my seat, flipping the pages as fast as I could to learn all the dirty secrets of the Winters's family.Thank you to Viking and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions in this review are my own!See more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Lisa Gabriele writes an enjoyable psychological thriller based on Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel Rebecca. This is a modern American version set in the wealthy Hamptons, Long Island. A naive unnamed young woman from the Cayman Islands is swept up in a surprisingly whirlwind romance with ambitious widower, senator Max Winter. They return to his secluded mansion, Asherley, a place where the ghost of Max's first wife, Rebekah, looms inescapably large and ever present. The young woman is like a fi Lisa Gabriele writes an enjoyable psychological thriller based on Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel Rebecca. This is a modern American version set in the wealthy Hamptons, Long Island. A naive unnamed young woman from the Cayman Islands is swept up in a surprisingly whirlwind romance with ambitious widower, senator Max Winter. They return to his secluded mansion, Asherley, a place where the ghost of Max's first wife, Rebekah, looms inescapably large and ever present. The young woman is like a fish out of water, having to adjust to remarkably different circumstances than those she is familiar with. Max and Rebekah's adopted daughter, the dark and manipulative teenage Dani, is less than welcoming and hellbent on making life as difficult as possible with wedding preparations underway. Desperately in love with her fiance Max who spends much time away absorbed by his political career, the young woman grows increasingly insecure and unsettled, feeling she cannot compete with the dead Rebekah, killed in a car crash. What lies behind the disturbing relationship between Max and Dani? As the swirling waters of danger edge nearer, family secrets and lies begin to surface. In a story of twists, there are numerous nods to the original and many differences too. My love for the original is absolutely undiminished, this a different kettle of fish with its intrigue and underlying menace. Nevertheless, Gabriele gives us a novel that is light, suspenseful and entertaining which I found an engrossing read with characters that captured my interest with ease. Many thanks to Random House Vintage for an ARC.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    "Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again." The Winters is a modern day re-telling of the classic novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I am apparently one of the only people in the world that hasn't read this classic novel but I intend to especially after reading this gem of a book. Our unnamed narrator is swept off her feet while she's working at a boat charter company in the Cayman Islands. His name is Max Winter and he's a prominent New York Senator. She can't believe it when he actually "Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again." The Winters is a modern day re-telling of the classic novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I am apparently one of the only people in the world that hasn't read this classic novel but I intend to especially after reading this gem of a book. Our unnamed narrator is swept off her feet while she's working at a boat charter company in the Cayman Islands. His name is Max Winter and he's a prominent New York Senator. She can't believe it when he actually proposes to her after only a months time. What could he possibly see in her? Besotted as she is, she accepts, and is then whisked away to Asherley his grand home on Long Island. Max has a rebellious teenage daughter, Dani, and to say that she makes the soon-to-be Mrs. Winters life difficult is an understatement. She has never come to terms with the death of her mother, Rebekah. It seems that Rebekah's grip has never left Asherley and our narrator becomes suffocated in memories of her. This book and the secrets held within had me flipping the pages and the ending was just ... WOW. I didn't expect things to turn out as they did. That being said this was a bit of a slower read for me. At just over 300 pages it took me awhile to read this one but I savored it all along the way. 4 solid stars! Thank you to Edelweiss and Viking for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    This is a nice, light riff on Rebecca. There are enough changes to make it an interesting update yet retain the Gothic elements of the classic novel. Well done but not riveting.
  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    The Winters by Lisa Gabriele is a thriller that was inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel Rebecca. What the author has done with this retelling is bring the story into the present time in America and give her own little twist on the tale.A young woman who was working in the Cayman Islands met Max Winter at her job catering to rich clients. Max was different than other men she’d met in her lifetime and before she knew it she was falling in love. However there was not supposed to be any fr The Winters by Lisa Gabriele is a thriller that was inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel Rebecca. What the author has done with this retelling is bring the story into the present time in America and give her own little twist on the tale.A young woman who was working in the Cayman Islands met Max Winter at her job catering to rich clients. Max was different than other men she’d met in her lifetime and before she knew it she was falling in love. However there was not supposed to be any fraternizing between guests and staff and after a threat from the boss to be sent to another island Max proposes she join him at his estate in America.With the promise of an upcoming marriage our naive young and in love lady finds herself surrounded by secrets in the Asherley estate. Around every corner and in every nook and cranny there are reminders of the first Mrs. Winters, Rebekah. And with a teenage daughter also to deal with before her marriage can even take place the soon to be bride finds herself falling deeper and deeper into those secrets of the past.The Winters is one of those thrillers that is just oozing with family drama once our nameless main character tries to join the Winter’s family. There’s always a back and forth going between the three as readers start to also uncover the secrets of the past to keep a reader on the edge then a few twists and turns to wrap it all up. Definitely one I’d recommend checking out.I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    I wouldn't say there is anything significantly wrong with this book. I guess my main issue is it didn't feel like it was something new and different. Supposedly this is a modern day re-telling of Rebecca. I haven't read the book but enjoyed the Alfred Hitchcock movie when I saw it years ago. There have been so many adaptations or re-tellings throughout the years that this one just blends in with the rest of them and doesn't stand out. I wish this could have been more than just an average read.Th I wouldn't say there is anything significantly wrong with this book. I guess my main issue is it didn't feel like it was something new and different. Supposedly this is a modern day re-telling of Rebecca. I haven't read the book but enjoyed the Alfred Hitchcock movie when I saw it years ago. There have been so many adaptations or re-tellings throughout the years that this one just blends in with the rest of them and doesn't stand out. I wish this could have been more than just an average read.Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    The Winters by Lisa Gabriele is the story of a woman who after a whirlwind romance marries Max Winters she then travels to his house Asherley to live. She is feeling that she has to compete with his dead wife Rebekah to fit into the household.This book is a modern rebelling of Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier and as I have read that book several times, I felt this modern version lacked the charm of the original story. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Uk for my e-copy in exchange for The Winters by Lisa Gabriele is the story of a woman who after a whirlwind romance marries Max Winters she then travels to his house Asherley to live. She is feeling that she has to compete with his dead wife Rebekah to fit into the household.This book is a modern rebelling of Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier and as I have read that book several times, I felt this modern version lacked the charm of the original story. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House Uk for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Roman Clodia
    January 1, 1970
    Some of these things I learned firsthand, some through bits and pieces I read online, because ours was a story that had captured the world's attention. Like du Maurier's Rebecca with a Mean Girls makeover, this is a fun light read that certainly keeps the pages turning. It would be an ideal beach or commute read when you want something engrossing but easy and unchallenging. The story is Rebecca updated and switched to Long Island, and part of the fun is watching Gabriele's deft re-positionings Some of these things I learned firsthand, some through bits and pieces I read online, because ours was a story that had captured the world's attention. Like du Maurier's Rebecca with a Mean Girls makeover, this is a fun light read that certainly keeps the pages turning. It would be an ideal beach or commute read when you want something engrossing but easy and unchallenging. The story is Rebecca updated and switched to Long Island, and part of the fun is watching Gabriele's deft re-positionings of key plot movements and big scenes. While the denouement is taken from a sub-text of Rebecca, it does become overly melodramatic here and involves key characters having a major personality transplant from earlier in the book. A last minute deluge of information about secret identities contributes to the rush to the end feel - a bit more pacing would have been better.While this doesn't have the atmosphere of either Rebecca or its antecedent, Jane Eyre, it still recycles those tropes of the first wife, the big house, lies and secrets in an enticing way. It's not necessary to know Rebecca but if you do, it adds to the comapare-and-contrast aspect of this re-telling. Thanks to Vintage for an ARC via NetGalley
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book - just could not get enough! It was so beautifully written and at times I felt like I was actually there in the Hamptons with the characters. With a cast of characters all hiding secrets from each other it was hard to know how was to be trusted. And I had it all wrong in the end - which was fantastic!The story of an orphaned girl whose only life is work. She meets the rich senator Max Winter who whisks her away to his secluded mansion in the Hamptons to become the se I absolutely loved this book - just could not get enough! It was so beautifully written and at times I felt like I was actually there in the Hamptons with the characters. With a cast of characters all hiding secrets from each other it was hard to know how was to be trusted. And I had it all wrong in the end - which was fantastic!The story of an orphaned girl whose only life is work. She meets the rich senator Max Winter who whisks her away to his secluded mansion in the Hamptons to become the second Mrs Winters and step mother to his teenage daughter Dani. The house is a shrine to his first wife, the deceased Rebekah. Dani is completely devoted to her mother and makes life tough for her new mum. The longer she is there the more secrets are unveiled -and she begins to fear for her life. The ending of this book is one shock after another - brilliant!!!Many thanks to Random House UK, Vintage Publishing for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Ova - Excuse My Reading
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty good considering it's almost a retelling of Rebecca, a story every book or movie lover knows of. I can't help to think it could have been a tiny bit shorter but the ending was perfect.I really loved this modern, twisted Rebecca retelling.Full review soon!
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this up far too soon after finishing Du Maurier's version and unfortunately it doesn't hold up well in comparison.
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    A modern retelling of Daphne du Maurier's, Rebecca, set in the Hamptons of New York. I'll be up front and say that I've yet to read Rebecca (though I do have a copy on my shelf... why do I do this to myself?!). I now wish I had read the classic first just to see what had been changed to make this a more modern retelling.This novel builds - starts off innocently enough and then slowly unravels as you turn each page. I was so intrigued and consumed by the story that I didn't even realize until jus A modern retelling of Daphne du Maurier's, Rebecca, set in the Hamptons of New York. I'll be up front and say that I've yet to read Rebecca (though I do have a copy on my shelf... why do I do this to myself?!). I now wish I had read the classic first just to see what had been changed to make this a more modern retelling.This novel builds - starts off innocently enough and then slowly unravels as you turn each page. I was so intrigued and consumed by the story that I didn't even realize until just now that the narrator who is the incoming Mrs. Winters, never has a first name. Genius! I even just fanned through the book trying to find and it and thought "Wow, that's book amnesia at its finest - I JUST turned the last page!" I really did enjoy how she would play out a scenario in her head of how she thought something would play out. I do this ALL the time and it never plays out the way I imagine it!Gabriele does such a fantastic job of weaving everything together and you really get the full on WTF just happened moments right at the end. I'm floored you guys. I mean, I had an inkling about one part but I definitely didn't see it going in this and that direction and I LOVE it when a book does that to me! Secrets never stay buried... not forever anyways. Love can make you blind. Kids can be atrocious. Money doesn't solve anything. Just remember to trust your instincts... especially if your instinct tells you to pick up this amazing novel. The hardest thing about reading review copies is not wanting to spoil anything for a reader... and not having anyone else to really discuss this with! So please, if you plan to read this, make a note and come back and speak with me!Lovers of domestic suspense, psychological thrillers and an atmospheric (almost gothic type) read will absolutely fall in love with this book.Thanks so much to Viking Books for this gifted copy!! <3
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  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is the first retelling I've seen where the blurb doesn't gleefully announce that it's a retelling.Odd, considering that Daphne DuMaurier's REBECCA is such a beloved book and the idea of a modern retelling would intrigue many.
  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    The Winters was hugely addictive and I thoroughly enjoyed this homage to Daphne Du Maurier and Rebecca- a novel I’ve read a few times over the years.The Winters is atmospheric and clever, with nods to the original inspiration dotted about within which enhanced the read for me beautifully. In its own right though it is also a well paced, intriguing psychological thriller with engaging and fascinating characters.I was very drawn to Dani, with her dark nature and random twists of mood. The second M The Winters was hugely addictive and I thoroughly enjoyed this homage to Daphne Du Maurier and Rebecca- a novel I’ve read a few times over the years.The Winters is atmospheric and clever, with nods to the original inspiration dotted about within which enhanced the read for me beautifully. In its own right though it is also a well paced, intriguing psychological thriller with engaging and fascinating characters.I was very drawn to Dani, with her dark nature and random twists of mood. The second Mrs Winter to be  traverses the waters of her new home with wide eyed innocence before she feels that dangerous undertow pulling her down. Then there is Max Winter – charming, enigmatic and seemingly determined to make it all work.The setting comes to life and it is a proper page turner, overall an excellent read that draws from the original work but is very much it’s own thing.Yep. Recommended.
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  • Jamie Rosenblit
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 - review to comeThe Winters was definitely a slow burn type of book, which made the beginning a bit tough for me to get into, given that I'm a fairly impatient person (oops). The other factor here is that this is a modern retelling of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - a classic that I have never read. I wonder if maybe I would have appreciated more had I done so. Once the story picked up, I was interested and enjoyed the twisty outcome ending. I think those of you that enjoy a slow burn with a 3.5 - review to comeThe Winters was definitely a slow burn type of book, which made the beginning a bit tough for me to get into, given that I'm a fairly impatient person (oops). The other factor here is that this is a modern retelling of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - a classic that I have never read. I wonder if maybe I would have appreciated more had I done so. Once the story picked up, I was interested and enjoyed the twisty outcome ending. I think those of you that enjoy a slow burn with a solid payoff will definitely enjoy this one!I received an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    January 1, 1970
    Good, but not great. Worth a read, but do not expect riveting fare. 3/5
  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    If I could sum up The Winters in just two words, I would say: “great entertainment!” For me, this was just such a fun thriller to read – as far as “fun” and “thriller” go together in one sentence. To be totally honest, the book started off very slow, and I imagined a run-of-the mill story that has been done a hundred times before. Young woman meets older rich man, gets married, finds that life as a trophy wife is not as glamorous as expected. I have read a few of those in my time, and most barel If I could sum up The Winters in just two words, I would say: “great entertainment!” For me, this was just such a fun thriller to read – as far as “fun” and “thriller” go together in one sentence. To be totally honest, the book started off very slow, and I imagined a run-of-the mill story that has been done a hundred times before. Young woman meets older rich man, gets married, finds that life as a trophy wife is not as glamorous as expected. I have read a few of those in my time, and most barely held my interest. To my surprise though I found that I soon came to like the young “new” Mrs Winters – who, I discovered, is never mentioned by her first name in the entire book! Slowly but steadily, Gabriele managed to draw me into her tale, until I was thoroughly hooked!True, the general premise is one that has been done many times in the past, and the book has been touted as the modern day “Rebecca”. However, I felt Gabriele did really well to steer away from stereotypes, giving the new Mrs Winter the personality of a free spirit who somehow manages to stay true to herself for the entirety of the book. Even Dani, the rebellious stepchild, is portrayed in a way where I could see the young vulnerable girl grieving for her mother underneath her facade. I loved the way the ghost of the deceased Rebekah and old family secrets overshadowed the story, giving it a sinister feel. And just as the story was gently meandering along, sweeping me with it into the opulence of the Long Island mansion – BAM! – the rug was pulled from under my feet. I love it when a book surprises me. Which is why I will say not more about the story here, as it is best delved into blindly.If I had to be picky, I would say that I thought the ominous presence of the house could have been used even more for a more sinister undertone – it nearly got there for me, but not quite! Especially some of the outbuildings never lived up to their full spook-potential (I mean, what is more creepier than an old boat shed?).If you haven’t read Rebecca, don’t despair, as this psychological thriller holds its own. Sometimes I wonder if comparisons to old classics do a book any favours, as one is tempted to compare them and not take each on its own merit. For me, The Winters perhaps lacked the eerie brooding atmosphere of Du Maurier’s classic tale, but made up for it in its many little plot twists I absolutely did not see coming. In summary, this was a fun, fast-paced read for me, which I devoured on a sunny weekend off. It made for good entertainment and the perfect undemanding beach read!3.5 stars Thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK for the free electronic copy of this novel and for giving me the opportunity to provide an honest review. *blog* *facebook* *instagram*
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  • Melanie Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    This is a re-telling of REBECCA and it is so good!Max, a Real Rich Guy, goes to the Cayman Islands, where he does rich man stuff and meets a young woman who works for a marina. She toils and struggles to make ends meet until one day Max walks in and needs to rent a boat. Of course this “Cinderella” has met the man of her dreams, amIright? Poor Max has lost his wife, Rebekah (get it?) in a horrible car crash. They spend a month in the Caymens while she is “working” on the boat with Max “renting” This is a re-telling of REBECCA and it is so good!Max, a Real Rich Guy, goes to the Cayman Islands, where he does rich man stuff and meets a young woman who works for a marina. She toils and struggles to make ends meet until one day Max walks in and needs to rent a boat. Of course this “Cinderella” has met the man of her dreams, amIright? Poor Max has lost his wife, Rebekah (get it?) in a horrible car crash. They spend a month in the Caymens while she is “working” on the boat with Max “renting” the boat out every day and eventually they fall in love. He decides to take her back to his huge mansion in NY, where he lives with his bratty teenaged daughter. Now all the drama ensues because no rich folks like it when Cinderella shows up and the book races to the finish. I finished this in one day because it was just so good. I am putting this one the recommends list for sure. Thanks to First to Read for the ARC!
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  • Fen Koeswanto
    January 1, 1970
    I finished THE WINTERS yesterday and I loved it! I've never read the classic "Rebecca" nor watched its movie adaptation by Hitchcock, so I have nothing to compare to. But I'm fine with that. THE WINTER is absolutely fun to read.The plot is opened by introducing characters to readers, followed by the development of a romantic relationship between the narrator and Max Winter. That part is a bit slow. Then our narrator moved to Max's mansion on a secluded island. That's when the plot is starting to I finished THE WINTERS yesterday and I loved it! I've never read the classic "Rebecca" nor watched its movie adaptation by Hitchcock, so I have nothing to compare to. But I'm fine with that. THE WINTER is absolutely fun to read.The plot is opened by introducing characters to readers, followed by the development of a romantic relationship between the narrator and Max Winter. That part is a bit slow. Then our narrator moved to Max's mansion on a secluded island. That's when the plot is starting to get interesting. All suspense is leading up to a bizarre ending. Overall THE WINTERS is highly ENTERTAINING!Thanks to @vikingbooks and @penguinrandomhouse for providing me with an advance copy of #TheWinters
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  • Kelly Blakely
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of this book and I absolutely loved it! So many twists and turns, I honestly could not put it down! Also, I will add that I have never read the original Rebecca, but that didn’t affect my enjoyment of it. It’s FANTASTIC!!
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  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This book is probably one of my favourites of the year! It had major Jane Eyre vibes... Read my full review here:https://readwithsam.com/2018/10/10/bo...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThe Winters by Lisa Gabriele is a modern day retelling of the classic story, Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier. So much happens in this short psychological thriller. The engaging characters and descriptive writing will keep you intrigued, and the conclusion is sure to shock you.Full review on The Candid Cover
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  • Carol***BeautyandtheBeastlyBooks
    January 1, 1970
    ***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***The Winters is Lisa Gabriele's take on Rebecca by Dauphne DuMaurier. It has a modern feeling and some very interesting changes.We're introduced to new characters and new dynamics and even some new and unexpected mysteries.What I liked more about it is that even though it's a re-telling of sorts you can still see the author's touches and the differences, it became a whole new story and I kept looking forward to see the next scene, so I could see ***ARC received in exchange of an honest opinion***The Winters is Lisa Gabriele's take on Rebecca by Dauphne DuMaurier. It has a modern feeling and some very interesting changes.We're introduced to new characters and new dynamics and even some new and unexpected mysteries.What I liked more about it is that even though it's a re-telling of sorts you can still see the author's touches and the differences, it became a whole new story and I kept looking forward to see the next scene, so I could see how it would play off on the author's take of the original story.That being said, although it's an interesting new version and I liked, I didn't love it, not nearly as much as the original story (which is one of my favorites), but also not as new one either.It's a good story with some plot twists, but not one that will stay in my head for a long time. I'd recommend it though, specially if you've read the original book.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    The soon to be second Mrs. Winter has left her home and her job in the Cayman Islands after a whirlwind romance with a much older man, Max Winter. Max has a gorgeous home, Asherley on Long Island, NY and is apparently quite wealthy. He also has a teenage daughter Dani who wastes no time voicing her negative opinion of her father's fiancee. Dani still mourns the death of her mother Rebekah and if we didn't know she had died, you would think she might walk through the door at any moment. Her cloth The soon to be second Mrs. Winter has left her home and her job in the Cayman Islands after a whirlwind romance with a much older man, Max Winter. Max has a gorgeous home, Asherley on Long Island, NY and is apparently quite wealthy. He also has a teenage daughter Dani who wastes no time voicing her negative opinion of her father's fiancee. Dani still mourns the death of her mother Rebekah and if we didn't know she had died, you would think she might walk through the door at any moment. Her clothes, her pictures, her staff, and her presence are everywhere in the house and Dani is not about to let the soon to be second Mrs. Winter change one single thing. The fact that Max is a politician who is often away doesn't help and even when he is home, his relationship with Dani is strained. Lots of secrets, lots of lies and I found myself yelling at the soon to be Mrs. Winter to just 'get out'(a lot). This is one of those books that if I say much more, will ruin the enjoyment of the plot and its many twists and turns. Since I grew up on the east end of Long Island, I always enjoy stories set there or on the south shore. This was a beach read and it kept me flipping pages until the last one.I received a digital advance readers' edition of The Winters from Viking through Edelweiss +.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. The beginning was hard to get into, but the plot really picked up about 1/3 of the way in. I loved the characters and the plot twists! The cover is gorgeous.
  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the setting and doubts that the narrator created as she recounted a story that had already happened to her.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and Doubleday Books Canada for sending me a beautiful ARC copy of The Winters by Lisa Gabriele to read and share my review with my followers. The book cover is beautiful.ABOUT THE BOOK: A young woman is living on the Cayman Islands. She is living in housing that is provided by her employer – an Australian named Laureen. The young woman works for Laureen and her boating company, t Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress...Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and Doubleday Books Canada for sending me a beautiful ARC copy of The Winters by Lisa Gabriele to read and share my review with my followers. The book cover is beautiful.ABOUT THE BOOK: A young woman is living on the Cayman Islands. She is living in housing that is provided by her employer – an Australian named Laureen. The young woman works for Laureen and her boating company, to pay off some debts that were left behind after her own father had passed away.One day at work she meets an older, wealthy and successful man named Max Winters. He is good looking, rich, lives in a mansion on Long Island, and is a widower. Before long they are spending time together as he hires her to take him out on the boats belonging to the boating company. They have a whirlwind romance, and very soon Max Winters asks her to marry him and move with him back to the USA. Excited to start this new chapter of her life, she says yes and makes the move with Max back to Long Island. She is anxious though, as Max has a teenage daughter named Dani. She can be upfront, rude, crude and sassy and does not take to her father’s new girlfriend at all. In fact, Dani seems intent on making her life a living hell and will stop at nothing to ruin the relationship.Slowly, she learns things about her fiance and his past marriage. Things that Max has kept from her. Did he simply forget to mention such things to her or did he deliberately lie and withhold things from her? She finds herself beginning to question if she truly knows her fiance at all. MY REVIEW: I enjoyed this book and the story line of it all. It was a bit slow paced in some parts, but overall I found the plot interesting and enjoyed reading about this twisted whirlwind of a romance. What started off as a seemingly beautiful love story ended up dark and sinister…Are we to believe Max Winters, the handsome rich man or seems to have it all, or do we believe his troubled teenage daughter who seems to stop at nothing to destroy her father’s new relationship and stop the marriage before it happens?Dani is all messed up. She clearly has issues, acting hot and cold towards her father’s new fiance. One day she seems nice and sweet and interested in building a relationship with her soon to be step-mother, and the next day she is out to embarrass and destroy her. I felt myself sorry for her at times throughout the book. She did lose her mother after all, in a tragic accident that claimed her mother’s life. She was really close with her mother. Dani was easy to dislike in this book after all the stunts she pulled to try to ruin her father’s new relationship. Max seemed like the perfect man who had it all. A great job, he was handsome, rich, lived in a mansion, had a daughter and was engaged to be married. Is he truly the perfect man his fiance thinks he is, or is he more dark and sinister?Overall I enjoyed reading this book and there are a few shocking twists and turns in the book that I didn’t see coming.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again...Something about Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca has inspired numerous sequels, prequels and reimaginings. The Winters definitely falls into the reimagining category, with strong similarities of theme although this modern day version also has significant differences of story and character. The narrator (“the second Mrs Winter”) is of course unnamed (her “exotic” name never revealed, and how I always long to know what it is - I’m guessing something Spanish Last night Rebekah tried to murder me again...Something about Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca has inspired numerous sequels, prequels and reimaginings. The Winters definitely falls into the reimagining category, with strong similarities of theme although this modern day version also has significant differences of story and character. The narrator (“the second Mrs Winter”) is of course unnamed (her “exotic” name never revealed, and how I always long to know what it is - I’m guessing something Spanish) meets wealthy senator Max Winter while she is at work - living hand to mouth after the death of both her parents - for a boat charter company in the Cayman Islands, and after a whirlwind romance moves with him to his home, Asherley, on Long Island, where the shadow of his late wife Rebekah still looms large. There’s no Mrs Danvers - housekeeper Katya has a relatively minor role - and “Dani” here is Max’s fifteen year old daughter, who’s, to put it mildly, less than thrilled with her father’s new fiancée. (“Dani was cruel, and it was now clear that her happiness was achievable only in direct proportion to my sadness.”) As wedding plans move ahead there’s a growing sense of threat, but where is the danger hiding, and why?The Winters is extremely well written and really does build a sinister atmosphere. It’s a long time since I’ve read Rebecca, and this book could certainly be enjoyed without a knowledge of that book, but I think it does add something if you have a certain familiarity with its key moments. On the other hand it did make certain elements more predictable than they might otherwise have been - though I didn’t necessarily guess the reasons behind certain events. It’s most definitely a modern telling - Dani’s Instagram account plays a significant role - but it works very well. The story did take a while to get going for me but once it did, it became a very addictive read.
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  • Paula Sealey
    January 1, 1970
    A modern day reworking of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, I had high expectations for this book. Probably too high, as compared to the original it fell rather flat for me. The twists on the storyline, setting and characters was clever, but I just didn't feel any empathy with the people involved or their situations. I'd recommend this if you've never read the original and are not comparing it, as it would no doubt pass as a good thriller then. However, I found myself searching for the tension and at A modern day reworking of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, I had high expectations for this book. Probably too high, as compared to the original it fell rather flat for me. The twists on the storyline, setting and characters was clever, but I just didn't feel any empathy with the people involved or their situations. I'd recommend this if you've never read the original and are not comparing it, as it would no doubt pass as a good thriller then. However, I found myself searching for the tension and atmosphere abundant in the original and found it lacking here.*I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Danny
    January 1, 1970
    So I found out through Goodreads that this is a retelling of the a classic called "Rebecca". I've never heard of it before picking this book up, so I can't speak on how accurate it is to the original, and what changes were made.This ones definitely a slow burner. It kept me intrigued, and I love the setting. In terms of thrillers it isn't one of the best I've read, however I would still say its a solid read. I'd recommend it as a good commute book, or beach read! I really enjoyed the authors wri So I found out through Goodreads that this is a retelling of the a classic called "Rebecca". I've never heard of it before picking this book up, so I can't speak on how accurate it is to the original, and what changes were made.This ones definitely a slow burner. It kept me intrigued, and I love the setting. In terms of thrillers it isn't one of the best I've read, however I would still say its a solid read. I'd recommend it as a good commute book, or beach read! I really enjoyed the authors writing, so I'm excited to see what she writes next.
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