Book Review Of “The Winter Sister” By Megan Collins @TouchstoneBooks @AtriaBooks @SimonSchuster @ImMeganCollins


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

Thank you to Atria and Touchstone Books for both inviting me to read this book, and Atria for gifting me an E-ARC. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.

“When they found my sister’s body, the flyers we’d hung around town were still crisp against the telephone poles

Probably one of the most epic first lines in a book that I have ever read. No joke, I was addicted to this story, from that one line. I just knew that I was in for one stupendous ride. For me, the momentum of that first line didn’t fade, it kept pace the entire book, there was not one lagging moment.

I love the baroque prose, the intricately woven history of Sylvie, Persephone, and Annie. I ached with Sylvie regarding the loss of her sister, and the guilt that she had felt regarding the part she played the night her sister went missing. I devoured everything related to Persephone, I wanted to know what caused her to be so angry, what secrets she was hiding, who murdered her, and a plethora of other things.

Megan Collins writes this book in a way, that points a finger to one person, but I knew better than to believe that. What made this book so devourable, was the game, the whodunnit and my complete distaste for Annie. Although, I kind of had it figured out halfway through the book, I still loved every twist and turn. There are more characters in this book, than the ones listed in the synopsis. Some I really enjoyed (Jill) and some, I think added extra depth to the mystery.

If you guys haven’t read this one, I highly suggest it.

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