The Winters

The Winters

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"A spellbindingly suspenseful new novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that cannot be escaped. After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to Asherley, the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé, Max Winter, a wealthy senator and recent widower, and a life of luxury she's never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max's beautiful first wife, Rebecca, who haunts the young woman's imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter, Dani, makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her. And Max harbours political ambitions with which he will allow no woman--alive or dead--to interfere. As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family's dark secrets--the kind of secrets that could kill her. A vivid reimagining of Daphne du Maurier's trailblazing gothic classic Rebecca with a modern twist, The Winters is a page-turning story about what happens when a family's ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything."--
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780385690768
Characteristics: 275 pages ;,23 cm.


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ArapahoeKati Feb 21, 2019

A great gothic homage to Rebecca. You certainly don't need to have read Rebecca but readers who have will be especially intrigued by this retelling. I read it in a single night.

IndyPL_CarriG Jan 07, 2019

This new take on the classic novel Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier evokes the Gothic suspense feel of the original with some twists that bring it into the modern era.

The second Mrs. Winter, who is never given a name of her own, is again a naive and idealistic young woman employed by a brash, overbearing American. Early on in the novel she meets and falls in love with the widower Max Winter, whose first wife, Rebekah, died in a car accident two years previously. Max's daughter, Dani, is spoiled and impetuous; and NOT ready for a stepmother. Our protagonist tries to make a home at Max's ancestral estate Asherley, but with the erratic and often cruel behavior of Dani and the specter of the impossibly perfect Rebekah shadowing her efforts she finds it difficult to carve out a space for herself. As more and more twisted events unfold at Asherley, our leading lady has to unravel layer upon layer of deceit to finally find out the truth of what happened to Rebekah, and what is happening to her.

The characters are not as complex as they could be – but the self-doubt and wavering of the main character rings true for me. I often found myself angry at the characters in this book – either for their spinelessness or poor decision making, but even when I didn’t like the characters I still wanted to know what happened next! This is a fast and easy read with lots of suspense. Definitely worth your time, especially if you are a fan of du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Jan 03, 2019

I was drawn to this because of the seemingly obvious use of the plot in Rebecca the book and the movie, both of which are favourites of mine. Well there’s really not much there, I didn’t finish it, although it probably is an ok read. I will read, and watch again, the two originals.

Nov 13, 2018

Arlene Dickinson ( Dragon's Den) , using Twitter, is highly recommending this novel.
I say...just a story, well written....nothing to rave about.

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