The Winters by Lisa Gabriele Review

I had to reread the first chapters twice for some reason, I wasn’t quite understanding and wasn’t getting into it. However, when I pushed through It got way better. The story started with a love story of the main character and Max Winters, which if you know me, you know how much I love romance. Bonus when it’s mixed with mystery!

Once they get engaged, the book starts taking a creepy turn. I just knew something was going to happen I just didn’t know what. It was a slow burning story, but it was beautifully written, described and very atmospheric!

I noticed that the author didn’t describe the main character, and never mentioned her name. I thought that was very creative.

The ending tied up the novel very well and loved how everything ended. I was surprised which was another added bonus!

Thank you to Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC of this book. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician 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 Rebekah, 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 he harbors 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, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.

The Winters was my second buddy read with An Introvert Reads this year and I remember thinking when I first started reading, that it would not be an easy read and would require a lot of concentration. I had to re-read the first 2 chapters in order to get a feel for the book and understand what was happening. It ended up being not as bad as I originally thought and was quickly absorbed by the story and the characters. 

The atmosphere, the rich characters - Dani especially -, the pace of the book, which could of had a little bit more action at times, were all great. The last 70 or so pages being the best! It left me with only one word when turning the last page: wow! 

Then, as I was taking the story in, I realized that the new Mrs. Winter is not given a name. This book is riveting! I loved that I could not figure out how it would all unfold. The author did a phenomenal job at giving the reader little pieces of information here and there to have the reader come up with his/her beliefs of what's happening. I love when a book surprises me!

If you are still short on a Christmas gift for an avid reader, this one would definitely be a great choice!

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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