Dealing with Death: A Book Review of “The Winter Sister”

Well, hello there! You may be wondering why I didn’t post a review this past week and I have a great answer for that! It’s because I was gathering some pretty awesome content for you guys for Monday! So be looking forward to that. Anywho, I tend to read way more books than I review but I definitely wanted to share with all my lovely bookish family my thoughts on The Winter Sister by Megan Collins.

The Winter Sister focuses on Sylvie O’Leary, a young woman whose past has never stopped haunting her. Her elder sister murdered, her mother an alcoholic, her father unknown. She moved to free herself, even lying to her closest friend about the real reason she doesn’t bring family up much. But when her mother is diagnosed with cancer and her aunt has other obligations, it is up to Sylvie to see that she stays sober and goes to her radiation treatments. Being at home is hard at first, the memories, the bitterness. Her mother, even sober, is a complete stranger and time seems to have moved on in the small town. And Ben, her sister’s boyfriend, the man she is sure to be the reason why she no longer has Persephone, is a nurse at the same hospital she is required to drive her mother to twice a week.

Angry and uncertain, Sylvie begins demanding answers. From the police who gave up, Ben who was the last to see her sister and even from her mother, foregoing any chance of reconciliation for the knowledge of truth. What happened to Persephone sixteen years ago? And who is really to blame?

Overall Score: 4/5⭐

My favorite component of this novel was the relationships between Sylvie and the other characters, particularly her mother. Collins give us a clear picture of how it was before Persephone died and the stark contrast in their relationship is very compelling. A loving mother turned alcoholic…and then to find out that loving mother has a lot of secrets. Secrets that may have more to do with your sister’s death than you ever thought possible. Sylvie is no longer a child and now that she’s demanding answers, she’s putting any chance of reconciliation on the line and while that pains her, she knows it is something she must do. Collins definitely knows how to raise the stakes.

I really enjoyed this read and am looking forward to diving into my TBR. Have you read it? After reading this review, do you think it sounds like an interesting book? Let me know in the comments. If you haven’t already, I would greatly appreciate you following this blog and be sure to look me up on Goodreads and Instagram to stay up on my latest adventures (more likely to be misadventures) and here about all the wonderful books I’ve discovered.

Happy reading!

Chyina

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