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 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 know the people we love most?
A thought provoking novel, I was reminded how much heartache comes from the secrets we choose to keep.
Whilst not particularly fast-paced, the plot compelled me to keep reading and I did enjoy Sylvie’s journey as she searched for answers to her sisters death years earlier.
Unfortunately, and it’s a very personal comment, but I had a lot of trouble with the writer’s choice of name – Persephone. I respect the detail author’s work so hard to include so I am a careful reader. I do not skim. For this reason, I stumbled over the name Persephone, which seemed to be on every second Kindle page! Perhaps the name is very dear to the author. But if it was chosen because it was different/uncommon (and some authors seem to look for the unusual) it did impact on my enjoyment. I ended up calling her Percy, which probably annoyed me more, but I simply couldn’t get my tongue around Persephone that many times.
Thank you for the opportunity to read The Winter Sister. I would definitely recommend this book.
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Published by Simon and Schuster Australia