In this spellbinding and suspenseful debut, a young woman haunted by the past returns home to care for her ailing mother and begins to dig deeper into her sister’s unsolved murder.
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 really will set you free, once you can bear to look at it.
I didn’t know what to expect with this one. I saw it on book of the month as one of there February choices and the synopsis sounded interesting so I figured I’d give it a shot.
This book was amazing, the writing and overall story were well done. The beginning was slow but intriguing and I couldn’t help but want to know what happened. Even though it is slow starting out, but once it starts to pick up I really could not put this book down. I read it in two sittings, I loved every minute of the mystery and wondering what happened to Persephone.
The story starts out when Sylvie is fourteen years old and her sister has gone missing and is later found to be murdered. Sylvie struggles with not only losing her sister but feeling like shes lost her mother too. Her mother meant the world to her and it Crushed Sylvie when she was shut out. Years later now when Sylvie is Thirty, her aunt calls to tell her that her mother is sick and Sylvie needs to come home and take care of her. Once there though everything Sylvie thinks she knows falls apart and shes left wondering what really happened.
Sylvie thinks that Ben is responsible for her sister’s murder, but once a bit of communication happened things just started to unravel and your left wondering what really happened to Persephone. Your thrown into this whirlwind of suspects and trying to figure out exactly what happened that night.
I loved the scenes between Sylvie and her mother the most. Her mother shut her and the rest of the world out and became an alcoholic after her sister’s murder and to see the issues and sadness confronted was really good and helped them to heal. They both thought they had each other figured out. I love the toxic mother-daughter relationship in a thriller/mystery. I think it adds a bit to the story for me personally.
I gave this 4.5 because I saw one plot twist coming but I never expected the other and I just felt the ending just weakened as it went on. I still enjoyed this book and it will go on my favorites shelf and will definitely be a re-read in the future.
The one lesson I took away from this book is communication is key to everything. So much in this book happened because of no communication, no telling the truth or explain to anyone the reasons behind their actions. Learn to communicate, even if it hurts.
Have you read Winter sister? What did you think?