The Winter Sister by Megan Collins.
Book of the Month Choice February 2019.
Finished May 4, 2020
Synopsis from GoodReads:
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?
When I started this book I wanted something substantial to read. I had just came out of a erotic reading binge (sometimes it be like that for me) and I was looking for something that stimulated my mind, rather than…well you know. So, I picked up THE WINTER SISTER from the shelf and it felt like the right book to dive into. It had been on my TBR since February 2019. I wanted murder, mystery, suspense, and maybe some violence.
The book starts out in the past, the morning after Persephone’s disappearance. We meet our MC, Sylvie, at the ripe and impressionable age of 13. We meet the mother, Aunt Jill, and cousin Misty. All four ladies know something terrible has happened but they need to convince the police. It has been less than 24 hours so no investigation is launch immediately. But,it soon become apparent to the police that something is amiss.
Once a full scale search is in place it doesn’t take long for someone to find Persephone’s body. The investigation turns from a search to who killed Persephone and why? Mother’s are questioned, boyfriends are accused, but can the police figure it out?
We then jump to the present and meet adult Sylvie. A young woman who has unresolved issues with herself, and her estranged mothers. When a tragedy hits home Sylvie is forced back home. She is immediately confronted with her past and launches her own investigation into her sister’s disappearance. Unprepared for what she will find about her sister and the people close to her, Sylvie finds truth within lies, lies within truths, and a blossoming love with the last person she ever expected.
This story is full of unresolved teenage angst, lies, mending broken relationships, learning to trust again, and opening up to the people you need the most. It’s about being vulnerable when you don’t want to be and being strong for people who you need you the most when it’s the last person you want to be strong for. It’s about learning to be a good person and accepting people for who they are at their heart, not at the surface.
Overall this book was a good read. It had more life developing and personal growth than it did about the actual crime and mystery that occurred but Collins’ does an excellent job of weaving the mystery into the revolving emotions and environment of the story to move it along. I can tell you the ending was something I did not see coming and I thought I knew who killed the winter sister up until the end!
A quick who-done-it with life lessons. I do recommend this one!!