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The Winter Sister av Megan Collins
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The Winter Sister (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2019)

av Megan Collins (Författare)

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Book of the Month Club Selection "A haunting debut: suspenseful, atmospheric, and completely riveting." --Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls "I love a good family-driven suspense novel, and this one doesn't disappoint." --Marie Claire 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?… (mer)
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Titel:The Winter Sister
Författare:Megan Collins (Författare)
Info:Atria Books (2019), 336 pages
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A little slow in parts but good story line. ( )
  LeslieWilding | Jul 12, 2020 |
Sylvie O'Leary's older sister Persephone, seventeen at the time, never came home one night. When Persephone was out she was with a boyfriend that her mother forbade her to see. It was three torturous days before her body was discovered. It is now sixteen years later and her murderer was never found.

Sylvie has been estranged from their mother for several years. When she does return home to care for her other, Annie, as she is undergoing cancer, Sylvie runs into Persephone's former boyfriend Ben. The reason Sylvie is caring for her mother is she is in cancer treatment. Ben is now a nurse at the cancer center. Shocked, Sylvie doesn't know what to do because for all of those years she was completely convinced that Ben is the one that killed her sister and then got away with it.

On the one hand, she still blames Ben, although the police never had enough to charge him. However, she also has her own guilt about her sister's death, so at the very least, she is desperate to find answers, and these answers go a long way to revealing secrets. It takes a lot of work, questions and angst, but things eventually begin to come clear about that dreadful night.

As mentioned, Sylvie was estranged from Annie. Their relationship is painstakingly examined all the while Sylvie thinks hard about her relationship with Persephone while they were teens. Presently she must deal with being around Ben and exploring any connection he had to the murder.

Along with the connections made between Sylvie and Annie, and even Sylvie and Ben, there were some surprising twists and turns, as well as other suspects. No doubt I was desperately intrigued while reading this book. I was shocked at some of the reveals, but especially as to what actually happened to Persephone. This debut novel by Megan Collins proved to be an excellent read.

Many thanks to Atria and to Edelweiss for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion. ( )
  RobinLovesReading | Oct 25, 2019 |
There's nothing too terribly surprising in the plot of THE WINTER SISTER, but as any romance reader will tell you, you don't need a surprising plot to make a good book. Sylvie O'Leary has spent the past sixteen years of her life thinking about her sister Persephone's murder and the culprit who went free--who she is sure is Persephone's then-boyfriend, Ben Emory. But for a case this cold, it's going to take a lot more than a few questions asked to solve the mystery...it's going to uproot lives.

While some things were utterly predictable (like Sylvie and Ben hooking up because OF COURSE THEY WOULD) I still wasn't entirely sure of the answer until the very end. Not necessarily surprised by it, but not sure it was the right answer. There's some real depth to these characters, and they don't always immediately act how you expect them to. It's the little things that make the difference.

All in all, a good read, well worth the time spent on it. Would recommend. ( )
  KOrionFray | Oct 5, 2019 |
The Winter Sister by Megan Collins

Pub date: February 2019
Rating: 4/5
Simon and Schuster
Fiction

I received this digital ARC from NetGalley and Touchstone Simon & Schuster in exchange for an unbiased review.

“Demeter had an only daughter, Persephone . . . the maiden of the 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, Mythology”

It had been sixteen years since Sylvie’s sister Persephone snuck out to see her boyfriend and never returned. Her body was found but years later her murder still remained unsolved. There were several suspects but no clear evidence which exacerbated the guilt of those who loved her.

It has always been Sylvie and Persephone. Their mother Annie claimed to not need a man in her life. She raised them herself on her meager salary as a waitress in the local diner. Through the years they notice Annie becoming more bitter and acerbic, drinking and locking herself in her room for days.

Annie’s sister Jill is the consistent stable person in their lives. She takes care of Sylvie until she goes away to college and tries to forget the tragedies of her past. It’s only when her aunt begs her to come home to help care for her ailing mother that truths of the past start to unravel.

This is a powerful story about family, lies told to protect, destructive behavior and redemption. It is well written and hard to put down. It pulls you into the story wanting to know how it ends.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2610791039

https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-winter-sister-by-megan-collins

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-winter-sister-megan-collins/1128864328#revi... ( )
  marquis784 | Aug 12, 2019 |
I was looking forward to reading The Winter Sister. I love books about cold cases and this book about a young woman's unsolved murder intrigued me. I love reading thrillers and I found this book to be very easy to read. In fact, I breezed through it on a single evening, with even impressed myself. I'm a fast reader, but in this case and in other cases is it just that the story isn't overly complex so that I pretty much can skim the text quickly and still without any problem get the gist. It's probably a gift that I acquired since my days of studying. LOL

Anyhow, as I stated before isn't it an overly complex story. We have Sylvie the surviving sister, guilt-ridden who travels home to take of her sick mother. Her mother hasn't truly been the same person since Persephone was murdered and their relationship is not what it used to. Sylvie starts to unravel the mystery surrounding her sister's death. There are not many suspects, and the red herrings were pretty easy to spot and the book just doesn't have that many surprises. It's simply a decent thriller. Hence, the rating. If the story had grabbed me more, the character moved me more had I been able to give a higher rating. As it is, it's just an OK thriller, the story kept my interest up all the way to the end and I felt that the ending was if not that surprising at least satisfying.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
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Book of the Month Club Selection "A haunting debut: suspenseful, atmospheric, and completely riveting." --Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls "I love a good family-driven suspense novel, and this one doesn't disappoint." --Marie Claire 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?

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