Jennifer McMahon was born in 1968 and grew up with her grandmother in Connecticut. She graduated with a BA from Goddard College in 1991 and then studied poetry for a year in the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College.
She has worked a wide variety of jobs deciding to write full time in 2000. She is living with her family in Vermont.
Stories about strange disappearances surrounded by legends always catch my interest. Reading one McMahons other books a while ago I knew her writing style was great and this made me very curious about this book.
During the first fifty pages I was confused. I could not keep the characters separate and it really took me a while to separate Gertie and Ruthie (maybe the ie sound at the end of the name). The atmosphere is set very well though. In a few pages you can feel the dark surroundings filled with scary things.
Eventually all the characters did fall in place and it was easier to follow the story. The story is told from multiple points of view switching between the now and 1908 and there are diary entries added too. You get a lot of information and not always in the right order. It does add to the mystery and the atmosphere but for me it as frustrating. The moment I thought I was coming close to a next clue to puzzle the subject or person changed and I got lost. Some of the situation felt forced to give the story a certain turn. But the story does have a great atmosphere which kept me reading till the end.
The Winter People
Author: Jennifer McMahon