Review: Mind of Winter, Laura Kasischke

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
Mind of Winter, Laura Kasischke
On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens, the fragments of a nightmare-something she must write down-floating on the edge of her consciousness.
Something followed them from Russia.
On another Christmas morning thirteen years ago, she and her husband Eric were in Siberia to meet the sweet, dark-haired Rapunzel they desperately wanted. How they laughed at the nurses of Pokrovka Orphanage #2 with their garlic and their superstitions, and ignored their gentle warnings. After all, their fairy princess Tatiana-baby Tatty-was perfect.
As the snow falls, enveloping the world in its white silence, Holly senses that something is not right, has not been right in the years since they brought their daughter-now a dangerously beautiful, petulant, sometimes erratic teenager-home. There is something evil inside this house. Inside themselves. How else to explain the accidents, the seemingly random and banal misfortunes. Trixie, the cat. The growth on Eric's hand. Sally the hen, their favorite, how the other chickens turned on her. The housekeeper, that ice, a bad fall. The CDs scratched, every one.
But Holly must not think of these things. She and Tatiana are all alone. Eric is stuck on the roads and none of their guests will be able to make it through the snow. With each passing hour, the blizzard rages and Tatiana's mood darkens, her behavior becoming increasingly disturbing and frightening. Until, in every mother's worst nightmare, Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.

Laura Kasischke (born 1961) is an American fiction writer and American poet with poetry awards and multiple well reviewed works of fiction. Her work has received the Juniper Prize, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Prize, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, and the Beatrice Hawley Award. She is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as several Pushcart Prizes.
Kasischke attended the University of Michigan and Columbia University. She is also currently a Professor of English Language and of the Residential College at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan, with her husband and son

The combination of the cover and synopsis gave me the scares. As I love a great horror, mystery story I could not stop myself from picking it yp.
At first I was not sure where the story was taking me. It is clear something is wrong with Holly but does not become clear what exactly what. This made it difficult to connect to the story. Apart from the questions that are raised there is a lot of repeating. Holly keeps explaining how beautiful Tatiana is and how happy they are with her. The atmosphere and all the questions raised did keep me reading but in the end I did not connect to any of the characters.

Mind of Winter

Author: Laura Kasischke
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
ISBN-10: 0062284398
ISBN-13: 9780062284396
Harper: various
Mind of Winter
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23 March, 2014 delete

Hmm, doesn't sound brilliant. I have a copy which I will read next month. Hope I like it better than you!

25 March, 2014 delete

The girl on the cover is scary... the eyes!