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, 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?

The Winter Sister Details

TitleThe Winter Sister
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherTouchstone
ISBN-139781982100148
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

The Winter Sister Review

  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    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 as 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 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 more 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 more creative idea in tow, Collins might deliver something truly fantastic. *Thank you to Atria for providing a review copy.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsSylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Sylvie is also dealing with her past. Sixteen years ago her sister, Persephone was murdered and she wants to find out who killed her. Her sister was missing for less than seventy-two hours until a jogger caught a glimpse of her red coat through the snow. While her Aunt Jill was on the phone with the police, Sylvia tells her Aunt to tell them to check with her boyfriend. Persephone was not 3.5 starsSylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Sylvie is also dealing with her past. Sixteen years ago her sister, Persephone was murdered and she wants to find out who killed her. Her sister was missing for less than seventy-two hours until a jogger caught a glimpse of her red coat through the snow. While her Aunt Jill was on the phone with the police, Sylvia tells her Aunt to tell them to check with her boyfriend. Persephone was not allowed to have a boyfriend. Ben was a secret -our secret, Persephone loved to remind Sylvie. Ben would park his car a couple houses down from her house and Persephone would open their window in their room and straddled the sill until one foot touched the ground. It was a secret between the two sisters. Sylvie would keep the window open, just enough for Persephone to slip her fingers under and pull it up when she returned. She was seeing Ben Emory, the mayor's son. When detective Falley checked into it, Ben said that he didn't know where she was. He said that they were driving around and then they got into a fight and she told him to let her out of the car, so she could walk home. He let her out and then waited out the storm at his friends house overnight. The detectives then checked with the friends Mom and she confirmed that Ben arrived around 11 pm. and stayed the night and left around 10 am. the next morning.Sylvie always believed that Ben was responsible for the murder. She carried a lot of guilt about that night. Sylvie begins to uncover the secrets that fill the house and what really happened that night when Persephone died.I wasn't immediately drawn into the story. It had a slow burn to it, but then it became a gripping suspenseful read. I thought this was a very simple read but I thought it was beautifully written. This was a great debut novel. I thought it was very entertaining. There are lots and lots of secrets and they are slowly revealed. I thought it was a sad emotional book toward the end. I found this to be a very predictable read. There were not many characters so I was able to guess who the killer was and why the killer killed Persephone. I am usually a bad detective and usually don't guess how it's going to end so I was actually excited that I got it right. The book kept my interest and close to the end it was a page turner for me.This was a Traveling Sister read.I want to thank NetGalley, Touchstone/Atria for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    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 you...but in this book, well......you 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 more 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.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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 more than the crime. My thanks to netgalley and Atria Books for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    January 1, 1970
    ***NOW AVAILABLE***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 selv ***NOW AVAILABLE***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.
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  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.Life changed completely when Sylvie was 14 years old. Her older sister, Persephone, disappeared one night, after sneaking out to meet her boyfriend, whom her mother forbade her to date. Sylvie kept lots of Persephone's secrets—because that's what sisters do—and she keeps hoping that Persephone will come home. It seems even more unfathomable when Persephone's body is found just a few days later.Sylvie is wracked with grief and guilt, and she tries to get the police to focus on whom she 3.5 stars.Life changed completely when Sylvie was 14 years old. Her older sister, Persephone, disappeared one night, after sneaking out to meet her boyfriend, whom her mother forbade her to date. Sylvie kept lots of Persephone's secrets—because that's what sisters do—and she keeps hoping that Persephone will come home. It seems even more unfathomable when Persephone's body is found just a few days later.Sylvie is wracked with grief and guilt, and she tries to get the police to focus on whom she believes the suspect is. She's unprepared when they really don't share her suspicions, but she's even more unprepared for the depth of her mother's anger and guilt. Her mother takes to violent expressions of grief, and long bouts of drinking, and Sylvie can't handle it any longer, so she leaves town and moves in with her aunt and cousin.Sixteen years later, Sylvie's aunt summons her home to care for her mother, who has been diagnosed with cancer. The last thing she wants to do is return to the memories of Persephone's murder, especially since the crime was never solved, and her feelings about it, as well as her mother, who changed so drastically after Persephone's death."I couldn't pretend that, just by turning thirty, I was old enough now to have outgrown my feelings of motherlessness."As she tries to negotiate her relationship with her mother and her always-mercurial moods, Sylvie finds it difficult to dwell on anything other than Persephone, especially when she encounters her sister's ex-boyfriend Ben, who now works as a nurse at her mother's cancer center. Sylvie has always believed Ben had something to do with Persephone's death, and tries to convince the police they should still consider him a suspect after all these years, but little by little, she comes to understand that the situation regarding her sister's death was more complicated than she could imagine.She feels like she owes it to her sister to figure out what happened to her. It may resolve her own feelings of guilt, but at the same time, it could further destroy her mother and their relationship. Sometimes secrets are kept for a reason, and sometimes unearthing them only causes more heartache than good. The Winter Sister is more of a mystery than a thriller, but along with the whodunit comes a healthy dose of family dysfunction. It's an interesting story about how the simplest of actions can scar us in ways we never realize, and how those scars affect us and our actions for the rest of our lives. It's also a look at how one secret can lead to a tangled web of them, a web that it is often difficult to escape.This is Megan Collins' debut novel, and its strengths definitely show that she has a terrific future ahead of her. I thought at times the pacing of the book was a little slower than I would have liked, and some of the characters needed a little more complexity. But I thought she showed restraint where she could have taken the book down a very melodramatic path, and I definitely appreciated this.Maybe reading a book called The Winter Sister made me feel even colder these last few days, but Collins' storytelling was worth the extra blanket!See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Check out my list of the best books I read in 2018 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2019/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2018.html. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yrralh/.
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  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    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 simply...heart? 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 more...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.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    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 more and more momentum causing the reader to quickly flip pages. The Winter Sister becomes a zigzag of a character study. Individuals become more and more 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.
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    A beautifully told story packed with secrets, grief, and guilt! Megan Collins has crafted an entertaining tale with an effortless flow. Another exquisite debut, this year seems to be oozing with amazing debuts!Sylvie has come back home after being gone for many years to take care of her estranged mother who is suffering from cancer. Over a decade ago Sylvie’s older sister Persephone went missing only to be found a few days later dead in a pile of snow. The killer is never found, Sylvie is burie A beautifully told story packed with secrets, grief, and guilt! Megan Collins has crafted an entertaining tale with an effortless flow. Another exquisite debut, this year seems to be oozing with amazing debuts!Sylvie has come back home after being gone for many years to take care of her estranged mother who is suffering from cancer. Over a decade ago Sylvie’s older sister Persephone went missing only to be found a few days later dead in a pile of snow. The killer is never found, Sylvie is buried in grief, and her mother Annie retreats into a world of darkness. Now Sylvie is back home forced to face her past, her guilt, her secrets, and the man she is convinced killed her sister. What happened all those years ago? Will the truth set Sylvie free? Will it bring her mother out of the darkness? So many secrets so long buried what will happen when they all come to light? Well you will need to read this book to find all this out!You may have read this trope before, however I thought it was extremely well executed in this story. Sylvie is an incredibly likable and engaging character someone you could see yourself as friends with. The twists and reveals were cleverly done with the perfect amount of clues sprinkled throughout the story. The ending was unquestionably fraught with tension. I was absolutely glued to those pages, needing to know what the story behind everything was, and I truly was almost more interested in Sylvie’ss mom’s backstory then the murder. There was also a nice dose of romance in this book a little unexpected and a little unsettling. Cannot wait to see what Megan Collins has in store for us next, absolutely recommend!🎧🎧🎧 Rebecca Ross narrates this book bringing the perfect voice to Sylvie. Rebecca Ross is such an amazing narrator she really breathes life into the books she narrates. If you have not listen to a book narrated by her this is a good place to start! Just saying! 🎵🎵🎵Song Running Through My Head Hello?Is there anybody in there?Just nod if you can hear meIs there anyone at home?Come on, nowI hear you're feeling downWell I can ease your painGet you on your feet againRelaxI'll need some information firstJust the basic factsCan you show me where it hurts?There is no pain you are recedingA distant ship's smoke on the horizonYou are the only coming through in wavesYour lips move but I can't hear what you're sayingWhen I was a child I had a feverMy hands felt just like two balloonsNow I've got that feeling once againI can't explain you would not understandThis is not how I amI have become comfortably numbI have become comfortably numbOkayJust a little pinprickThere'll be no moreBut you may feel a little sickCan you stand up?I do…https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hECRtLZ...*** many thanks to Atria and Simon and Schuster Audio for my copy of this book ***
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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: www.jennifertarheelreader.com
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  • Carrie
    January 1, 1970
    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 more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/
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  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    Obsessive love and major dysfunction. Sylvie returns home after an absence of sixteen tears to take care of her mother who has cancer. When she was a pre teen her older sister disappeared and was found murdered. Sylvie has always believed the boyfriend Persophone snuck out to meet was her murderer. The case never solved, Sylvie finds herself once again on the trail of a killer.Family secrets abound here, and the pace and constant revelations keep the pages turning. A good story about the repercu Obsessive love and major dysfunction. Sylvie returns home after an absence of sixteen tears to take care of her mother who has cancer. When she was a pre teen her older sister disappeared and was found murdered. Sylvie has always believed the boyfriend Persophone snuck out to meet was her murderer. The case never solved, Sylvie finds herself once again on the trail of a killer.Family secrets abound here, and the pace and constant revelations keep the pages turning. A good story about the repercussions of an obsessive love, and the grief that swallows when a child is gone. The ending however, I found both rushed and implausible.ARC from Netgalley.
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  • Felicia
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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.
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  • ♥Rachel♥
    January 1, 1970
    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 more 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 more 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.
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  • Beata
    January 1, 1970
    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.*
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  • Kendall
    January 1, 1970
    Happy pub day <3 <3.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 Happy pub day <3 <3.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 more 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
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  • Susanne Strong
    January 1, 1970
    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 Goodreads on 1.20.19.
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  • Tammie
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    It is such a shame when a book that showed so much promise crashed and slowly burned after the fifty percent point.I realize with the glut of thrillers on the market today, that authors seemed to think they need to outdo one another and therefore stretch reality creating implausible scenarios to make a book different and perhaps appealing to the reading public. It's a shame really, because in the end it is usually a simply told story with fine writing that is a winner in my estimation. Jan and I It is such a shame when a book that showed so much promise crashed and slowly burned after the fifty percent point.I realize with the glut of thrillers on the market today, that authors seemed to think they need to outdo one another and therefore stretch reality creating implausible scenarios to make a book different and perhaps appealing to the reading public. It's a shame really, because in the end it is usually a simply told story with fine writing that is a winner in my estimation. Jan and I read this book together and were both disappointed.
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  • Gabby
    January 1, 1970
    Really enjoyed this thriller!This is my February BOTM pick and it's an adult thriller that follows this girl named Sylvie. Her sister Persephone was murdered sixteen years ago and they never found out who was responsible for it, but Sylvie has always believed it was Persephone's boyfriend at the time Ben. Now, sixteen years later Sylvie moves back into her old town temporarily and uncovers many secrets from the past, and she finally discovers the truth about what happened to her sister. I though Really enjoyed this thriller!This is my February BOTM pick and it's an adult thriller that follows this girl named Sylvie. Her sister Persephone was murdered sixteen years ago and they never found out who was responsible for it, but Sylvie has always believed it was Persephone's boyfriend at the time Ben. Now, sixteen years later Sylvie moves back into her old town temporarily and uncovers many secrets from the past, and she finally discovers the truth about what happened to her sister. I thought this book started off really slow, I didn't find myself invested in the story till about 100 pages in, but once it gets going it really gets going and I was so hooked I stayed up late just to finish it. The narcissistic mother who plays favorites with her daughters totally reminded me of another thriller I loved Emma in the Night. I enjoyed the toxic and strange relationships between their Mom and her daughters, it kind of also reminded me of Sharp Objects, even though I haven't read the book I've only seen the show. I thought the ending of this book kind of fell apart, which is why I ended up knocking off a star, there was a major plot twist that I saw coming from a mile away and I actually thought it was pretty obvious. From that point on you can pretty much see where the rest of it is going, but I loved this book because I loved the complex characters and their family drama, and I was so sucked into the mystery and writing style - it's very fast-paced with short chapters that end with cliff hangers and it's hard to put down! So for that reason alone I really enjoyed it!
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  • marilyn
    January 1, 1970
    Fourteen year old Sylvie and her older sister Persephone were the daughters of Annie, a single mom, who would have have Dark Days (as the girls named those days) on the 15th of each month. Annie showed open affection for Sylvie while holding Persephone at arms length, which caused Persephone to resent her mom and to act out in more ways than were obvious to most onlookers. When Persephone would sneak out of the house at night to be with her boyfriend Ben, Sylvie had to keep a window unlocked so Fourteen year old Sylvie and her older sister Persephone were the daughters of Annie, a single mom, who would have have Dark Days (as the girls named those days) on the 15th of each month. Annie showed open affection for Sylvie while holding Persephone at arms length, which caused Persephone to resent her mom and to act out in more ways than were obvious to most onlookers. When Persephone would sneak out of the house at night to be with her boyfriend Ben, Sylvie had to keep a window unlocked so Persephone could sneak back into the house afterwards, because their mom wouldn't let either girl date yet, despite Persephone being a senior in high school. Sylvie also had to paint over bruises on Persephone's body after each time she had been with Ben. Then, one night, Persephone disappeared and her body was found three days later. For several reasons, Sylvie feels like it's her fault that her sister lost her life and she is sure that Persephone's boyfriend killed her although officially the murderer is never found. Annie, retreats into a perpetual drunken stupor for the next fifteen years, abandoning Sylvie to live with her aunt Jill. Sixteen years later Sylvie must return home from where she is living in Boston because her mom has been diagnosed with cancer. Sylvie is still haunted by what happened to her sister and her mom's reaction to her sister's death and dreads walking back into her old home and seeing her mother. Having feelings stirred up about past events, Sylvie prods the police department to start investigating Persephone's death while talking with others and working on discovering what she can on her own. Secrets began to be revealed...almost everyone close to Persephone and Ben had secrets and Sylvie has to face her own actions the night of Persephone's death. I think the book got better the farther into it that I read. At first I thought Sylvie and Persephone were too unlikable for me to care about them but as I learned more about their childhood and more about their mom, I could feel compassion for them. There are so many secrets and so many guilt feelings from so many people that it becomes a guessing game as to who might have the biggest motive to murder Persephone. Thank you to Touchstone, Atria Books, and NetGalley for this ARC.
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  • JanB
    January 1, 1970
    There was a lot about this book that was promising. I flew through the first half and read it quickly, anxious to see where the story was going. An unsolved murder, estranged dysfunctional family, obsessive love, family secrets...nothing new here but there’s only so many plots to plumb within the genre. I like family dramas and I thought the author did a terrific job conveying the emotional toll of guilt and grief that accompanies the death of a child and sister. The complicated mother-daughter There was a lot about this book that was promising. I flew through the first half and read it quickly, anxious to see where the story was going. An unsolved murder, estranged dysfunctional family, obsessive love, family secrets...nothing new here but there’s only so many plots to plumb within the genre. I like family dramas and I thought the author did a terrific job conveying the emotional toll of guilt and grief that accompanies the death of a child and sister. The complicated mother-daughter and sibling relationships were enjoyable and well-done. But the motivations behind many of the actions did not ring true.And then I got to the last half....why did the writing turning so flowery? ....”his black hole eyes with all their gravitational pull and imprisoned light, looking deeply, imploringly, into mine.” My eyes started to roll.🙄🙄🙄I was unsatisfied with the resolution and not enough background was given to make the relationships among the characters plausible. There was one character in particular whose motivations were absurd unless the person was certifiably insane. This was a buddy read with Marialyce, and we were both underwhelmed.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars for this is debut! I really enjoyed the Winter Sister, part mystery / suspense, part domestic drama. Told in a straight forward, singular timeline, we slowly start to unravel the mystery of Persephone’s death. While the plot was nothing new (unsolved murder of a sister), the storytelling was exceptional and pulled me right in from the very beginning. Collins does a great job conjuring up all the feels for Sylvie and even makes secondary characters (Jill & Missy) seem developed even t 4 stars for this is debut! I really enjoyed the Winter Sister, part mystery / suspense, part domestic drama. Told in a straight forward, singular timeline, we slowly start to unravel the mystery of Persephone’s death. While the plot was nothing new (unsolved murder of a sister), the storytelling was exceptional and pulled me right in from the very beginning. Collins does a great job conjuring up all the feels for Sylvie and even makes secondary characters (Jill & Missy) seem developed even though they are not the main focus. In a very unusual fashion, I allowed myself to be along for the ride and didn’t once try to figure this one out. While the plot twists weren’t anything new, it didn’t matter to me. I was so caught up in the story and so invested in Sylvie that I just kept turning the pages and enjoying it. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to more to come by Collins. Thank you to Atria Books for my copy of this book via Edelweiss
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  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    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 ⭐️
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars rounded up. This novel is comprised of a lot of little mysteries that have to be revealed to uncover the main mystery: Who killed 18-year-old Persephone 16 years ago, when her sister, Sylvie, was just 14 years old?After the death of her oldest daughter, Annie fell into self-medicating with alcohol. Sylvie leaves town as soon as she graduates high school—it’s never easy being a poor kid in a rich community, but it’s really not easy when you’re the sister of a murdered girl and the daugh 4.5 stars rounded up. This novel is comprised of a lot of little mysteries that have to be revealed to uncover the main mystery: Who killed 18-year-old Persephone 16 years ago, when her sister, Sylvie, was just 14 years old?After the death of her oldest daughter, Annie fell into self-medicating with alcohol. Sylvie leaves town as soon as she graduates high school—it’s never easy being a poor kid in a rich community, but it’s really not easy when you’re the sister of a murdered girl and the daughter of an alcoholic mother. She can move geographically, but she can’t escape her own feelings of how she played a part in her sister’s death. Sylvie returns home only when her mother is dying of cancer and has no one else. Between the day-to-day caring for a woman she has a tense relationship with, Sylvie is compelled to unravel the mysteries she’s uncovering now that she’s back in town. That’s the enjoyable part of the book—watching the little clues revealed one by one. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.
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  • Jan
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty solid domestic thriller that kept me entertained. I'm still wavering between 3.5 to 4 stars...this 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 stars...this 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 next.ARC provided by NetGalley
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    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 truth.....finally. 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 more from this author.*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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