Review: The Winter Sister

Review: The Winter Sister

The Winter Sister by Megan Collins

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Official synopsis

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 was absolutely consumed by this story. There are so many secrets that just kept unraveling and surprising me, I couldn't put it down. I had to read it in one sitting in order to move on with my day because I just had to know.

This was so beautifully written. I experienced the pain, frustrations and guilt trips of literally all of the characters, and for that, I applaud the author because it's rare for me to read something in which all of the main characters have so much depth and weight. I loved seeing how their stories were woven together as they all experienced the burden of carrying guilt for what happened to Persephone and how everyone coped with that said guilt differently.

This reminded me of another book I recently read and absolutely loved called The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald. The Winter Sister has a lot of similarities to it but enough differences to make it feel like an entirely different reading experience. To be honest, the basic plot and premise of the story are very similar to many other recent books, but the story, characters, and the hardships they experience throughout are so well done and unique to themselves.

A great find, an impressive debut novel and a great read to feed my mystery-loving soul.

I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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