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Wintertide: A Novel Paperback – February 22, 2013
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About the Author
Debra Doxer has always loved to write. She also loves to read, often finishing several books a week. Debra works as a writer in the network and software security field. For fun, she writes fiction novels.
Debra lives with her family outside of Boston and is currently working on her next book
Top customer reviews
For some, the hook might be the first three words, the first sentence: I killed someone.
While that certainly caught my attention, I was hooked by the conversational style, the voice of the author. The protagonist, Daniel Hiller, seems real and sympathetic. He is like "the sort of people you meet every day."
Hiller is a crime writer who carries the burden of a crime in his own past. He sees himself in "the mask of normalcy, a calm exterior that hides the truth within" that is revealed in one of the killers he has interviewed.
Daniel tells us about the Cape Cod he knows, his parents and friends. His experiences are unique and yet universal. Nothing out of the realm of possibility here. We see ourselves or someone we know. There is nothing outrageous or sensational in the details of his life. Yet, I was interested in his life and in him. Even if he hadn't introduced himself with those three words, I would have been interested in him. That is what I admire most about this author. Debra Doxer created a character that is compelling, not because he is bizarre, but because he is so ordinary. Even more, she involves the reader so that you are there next to Hiller in that "stark, naked, moment of choice" and "understand the pressures that can affect your sense of right and wrong, good and bad, in that instant that seems so pivotal."
I recommend this if you enjoy stories about real people who find themselves in unreal situations.
In the book Daniel Hiller, whose career is a true crime writer, looks back at his high school years, especially his long-time relationship with Seth Cooper and their relationship with the town bad boy, Eddie McKenna, whose abuse from his father was ignored by everyone.
Dan doesn't like living in South Seaport on Cape Cod. While it was a major tourist attraction in the summer, he found it very boring the other nine months of the year. His parents didn't seem to get along with each other.
His mother doted on her only child, treating him like a small child. His father was rarely there and didn't communicate much when he was. He decided to go to college in Boston, become a lawyer; and rarely come home for more than a day or so.
He didn't understand why his parents stayed married to each other. "If two people are unhappy with each other, they should get divorced rather than live the rest of their lives being miserable," he told his mother. She responded, "If you're not prepared to make a lifetime commitment, then you just shouldn't [get married]."
His plans (a place to stay and a job) for staying in Boston that Christmas fell apart at the last minute. He was able to get a job near his home so he went home instead. While there, he met up with Seth again, though their friendship had fallen apart during their senior year of high school. Through Seth, Eddie was back in the picture. The encounter would affect him the rest of his life.
During the story, he examines how the way people are treated by their parents influences how they treat other people and react to situations. His parents were supportive of him. Seth had to meet certain conditions to get anything he wanted. And Eddie was beaten. While the relationship between Seth and Eddie seems unrealistic, it may be very possible for boys at their age.
Dan also learns more about his parents' relationship with each other.
WINTERTIDE was well-written and kept my interest even though I figured out who he would kill and how he would do it rather early in the book.
This was a free Kindle download from Amazon.