The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
If there is another snow storm (perish the thought!) you may want to make sure you have this book on hand. Then again, if you are even slightly creeped out by things that go bump in the night you may want to read this one in the middle of summer, on a beach, anywhere but near woods, especially those of Vermont.
This is the story of Sara Harrison Shea who was found brutally murdered in 1908 behind her farmhouse in West Hall, Vermont. Many suspected her husband, who committed suicide soon after being discovered covered with his wife’s blood, killed his wife. Many others think that someone, or something else, was responsible.
The rock formation behind the Shea farmstead known as the Devil’s Hand has spawned rumors of sleepers, creatures, and aliens for a hundred years. The number of people who vanished over the years add fuel to the fire. Could there be any truth to the rumors?
Add Sara Harrison Shea’s journal and the belief that there are missing pages. Pages with detailed instructions on how to create a sleeper; making a dead loved one walk the earth again for seven days, information that is worth everything to a lot of people.
In the present day Ruthie and Fawn awaken in the Shea farmhouse alone. Where is their mother? What are those items found under the floorboards? And why is her closet door nailed shut?
I devoured this book despite being thoroughly disturbed by it. It has all the elements of an old fashioned campfire story complete with twists, turns and jumps. If you like being scared a bit, and a story that unfolds layer by layer, do not miss The Winter People.