The Winter Sister

The Winter Sister

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?

Title:The Winter Sister
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982100148
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  • Melissa

    Is the engaging flow of an author’s words enough to overcome a tired storyline?Chances are, readers who frequent the suspense genre with any regularity will find this plot all too familiar. It's a s...

  • Meredith

    Psychological thriller about a woman who returns to her hometown 16 years after her sister is murdered. The murder has gone unsolved and the main character is tortured over her actions the night her s...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    I'm between 3-3.5 stars on this one."Demeter had an only daughter, Persephone... the maiden of spring. She lost her and in her terrible grief she withheld her gifts from the earth, which turned into a...

  • Mary Beth

    3.5 starsSylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Sylvie is also dealing with her past. Sixteen years ago her sister, Persephone was murdered ...

  • Debra

    There are secrets and then there are SECRETS!Sylvie has returned home to care for her sick Mother. A Mother who shut her and the rest of the world out after her daughter was murdered sixteen years ago...

  • Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

    ***NOW AVAILABLE***This was really a 4/1/2 * for me. I really enjoyed this debut novel, my first mystery/thriller novel of 2019. This book reminds me of why I do like this genre. In this novel there i...

  • Liz

    A wonderful debut mystery, this one grabbed me from the get go. Sylvie’s sister died in high school and she carries the guilt of her role in the death around like a stone around her neck. Years late...

  • Larry H

    3.5 stars.Life changed completely when Sylvie was 14 years old. Her older sister, Persephone, disappeared one night, after sneaking out to meet her boyfriend, whom her mother forbade her to date. Sylv...

  • Kaceey

    3.5*Sylvia left her hometown just as soon as she could. Rushing off to College and a new life! Leave her past behind. Years have slipped by and her mom Annie is quite sick. It’s time for Sylvie to f...

  • Linda

    Lying has dire consequences.Sylvie O'Leary knows this first hand. She's been covering up for her older sister, Persephone, for some time. Persephone has been sneaking out to meet her boyfriend, Ben, a...