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Great writing, inplausible details
on May 9, 2014
The Winter People is overall a well written, intricate, tightly woven story. It held me throughout every page, so you might say to yourself, why only three stars? The three stars isn't because it wasn't well written, isn't because the characters were not well developed and not because it didn't hold my attention to the point of my reading with burning eyes late into the night. It's because toward the end, while the story is being brought to a close, details revolving around the actions of some main characters were just to inplausible for words. I don't want to give anything away, so I won't go into detail, however I will say that the decisions of Alice and her husband (Fawn & Ruthie's parents) were just too far fetched for me. It was too unbelievable, even for a story that in itself is unbelievable. Obviously, it's fiction and of the horror genre to boot, so one might say, what sort of realism can you expect to find in a story like that? Well, I expect that the fantastical will occur, however, the decisions and actions of characters should be believable in their response to the fantastical, at least in my opinion.
Am I unhappy that I read the book....no, I'm not. It was a real page turner and I enjoyed becoming engrossed in a story in that way, however, I do feel a bit let down by the unbelievable nature of the explanations given by one of the characters at the end of the book. Do I think that it's worth your time....I think you should be the judge of that. The suspence, the plot twists and turns, the unexpected and horrifying might just make it worth it to you, too.