Author: John Marsden
Genre: YA Mystery
Blurb: For twelve years Winter has been haunted. Her past, her memories, her feelings, will not leave her alone. And now, at sixteen, the time has come for her to act. She must head back to her old home, where a pair of family tragedies forever altered her life. What she discovers is powerful and shocking — but must be dealt with in order for life to go on.
My Thoughts: I haven’t picked up any John Marsden books since I finished reading the ‘Tomorrow’ series. I was aware he had written other YA books but had just not got around to them. I needed a book with ‘winter’ in the title for a reading challenge and this book fitted the criteria perfectly. The bonus was that I really enjoyed it and was sucked in from the very first page. Winter’s parent’s died when she was four. She always thought they had died together in a yacht race but it turns out that her mother died quite a few months later at their property Warriewood. Winter is now 16 and she has returned to the property to find that it is utterly run down and in the house the furniture is all gone. The property has caretakers who are being paid for out of Winter’s trust fund so Winter is angry to find out that they have not been taking care of the house and property. She is also angry at her aunt’s refusal to talk to her. Winter is an edgy but strong character; she is blunt, rude and totally focussed on finding out the truth. She has questions about her mother’s death and now has questions about her caretakers and aunt. The end throws a curveball that I was half expecting but not really thinking that it would turn out like that. WINTER is a short book so a quick read. The story is believable and also enjoyable because there is plenty of humour amongst the drama. I really liked Winter as a character and found that I empathised with her search for truth, and as with many of Marsden’s books it leaves you thinking “What would I do in the same situation?”
Rating: B – Great. I really enjoyed reading it.
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