The Winter Sister

The Winter Sister


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 will set you free, once you can bear to look at it.

Our Review

I knew within a few chapters of starting The Winter Sister that this wasn’t a book I wasn’t going to finish. I struggled to the end, but I wish I had stopped sooner. It was ok but not for me and I should have trusted my instincts.

The Winter Sister is about two sisters. Sylvie’s sister Persephone disappeared sixteen years ago after sneaking out to meet a boyfriend she wasn’t supposed to have. Her murder remains unsolved.

In the present day, Sylvia returns to her home town to look after her estranged mother whilst she is receiving treatment for cancer at a centre where Persephone’s former boyfriend now works.

Whilst she is home Sylvie decides to look again at the mystery of her sister’s disappearance.

The big twist reminded me of the twist in Last Time I Lied and I had an inkling whilst reading it that this might be the case.

The reason I struggled with this may just be that I have read too many other books that were written along a similar line so if you are fairly new to the genre you will probably enjoy this book.

One thing I did like about The Winter Sister was the dysfunctional relationship between mother and daughter. Neither character was likeable, but I did enjoy the description of their bond.

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