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Review: The Winter Sister by Megan Collins

Summary from Goodreads:

In this spellbinding and suspenseful debut, a young woman haunted by the past returns home to care for her ailing mother and begins to dig deeper into her sister’s unsolved murder.

Sixteen years ago, Sylvie’s sister Persephone never came home. Out too late with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, Persephone was missing for three days before her body was found—and years later, her murder remains unsolved.

In the present day, Sylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie, as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Prone to unexplained “Dark Days” even before Persephone’s death, Annie’s once-close bond with Sylvie dissolved in the weeks after their loss, making for an uncomfortable reunion all these years later. Worse, Persephone’s former boyfriend, Ben, is now a nurse at the cancer center where Annie is being treated. Sylvie’s always believed Ben was responsible for the murder—but she carries her own guilt about that night, guilt that traps her in the past while the world goes on around her.

As she navigates the complicated relationship with her mother, Sylvie begins to uncover the secrets that fill their house—and what really happened the night Persephone died. As it turns out, the truth really will set you free, once you can bear to look at it.

The Winter Sister is a mesmerizing portrayal of the complex bond between sisters, between mothers and daughters alike, and forces us to ask ourselves—how well do we really know the people we love most?


I went into the Winter Sister blind and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. It was a random library picked based off of the cover and the fact that it was one of the Book of the Month picks this month.

What I Liked:

Writing Style. I loved Collins writing style from page one. I kept reading until the end because of her beautiful prose.

Characters. Collins did a great job of creating the characters, the good, Sylvie and the bad, her mother and others. The novel is solely told from Sylvie’s point of view. I enjoyed reading from her point of view and as the novel progressed liked the character more and more. It was nice to read something without duel povs even if it would have been interesting to read from Persephone point of view. 

Ending/Twist. I guessed some of the reveals at the end but overall, I was surprised by the ending. Based on the way Collins wove her story, her well-done suspense, I cannot wait to see what she writes next. 

What I Disliked:

Romance. I felt that the whole romantic element could have been cut out. I was personally not a fan of it. It took away from the main mystery storyline.

I recommend checking out this well-crafted debut thriller. 


4 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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