Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Winter Chill by Joanne Fluke

This is a very cold tale and it's not just the weather in story...

Kensington Books sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.

One of the worst horrors that could happen to a parent has.  Dan and Marian have lost their young daughter in a snowmobiling accident and Dan is paralyzed.  Their normal life has disappeared, the grief is overwhelming and they are both trying to become functional again.  The pain is almost overwhelming and neither one is good at expressing themselves.  They become almost strangers as they try to hide feelings from each other.

Dan tells her Laura is in heaven waiting for her and she takes heart from that.  She begins to find notes from her daughter around the house.  One was one written before her death, one Dan wrote to help her heal, and the rest just keep appearing.  Dan suspects Marian is writing them in her sleep; that's happened before.  Dan also dreams of walking.  The doctor says it's hysterical paralysis; he could get well at any time.  So is it a dream or is it true? Then Laura's classmates begin to die.  Marian says that Laura is happy to have the company.  

Ms. Fluke writes a twisted tale that gives you the creeps.  I couldn't decide who I thought was guilty, but I knew it had to be one of them.

The last line in this book is a real chiller.  It's ironic, answers the question of who the killer was, and it made me gasp.  Why don't you give the story a read and see what you think?  Just remember a perfectly normal person can be driven crazy by grief...

Happy reading.

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