The Winter Ghosts

I was EXTREMELY lucky to read an advance copy of THE WINTER GHOSTS by Kate Mosse. From the second I picked up and started reading The Winter Ghosts I was hooked. Kate Mosse has a way of bringing you into her story and making the world that she’s creating through her words seem so tangible, there were numerous times where something would startle me and I’d be surprised to find myself on my couch – and not inside the world of The Winter Ghosts.

The story follows the journey, both physically and mentally of Freddie, a young man traveling through the France trying to make sense of the horror that was World War I. Freddie’s journey takes us inside his head, through his torment of losing a brother (I’m not spoiling anything, don’t worry!), his skills of coping with a family that he doesn’t quite fit in with, and with finding and healing himself.

On the way to a weekend get away with friends, a wicked snowstorm causes Freddie’s car to careen off of the road. He manages to find a way through the woods to small village; and little does Freddie know that more than shelter is waiting for him at the small inn.

His purpose in the town (and in his own life) are soon revealed, and through the brilliant writing of Mosse, the reader gets the opportunity to experience this first hand.

The title can be a little deceiving – The Winter Ghosts isn’t a scary story. While there are some unnerving parts, it isn’t a book to pick up if you’re in the mood to be scared. The Winter Ghosts is more the tale of finding your place, and realizing what your life is worth, even in the bleakest of situations.

There is a note from the author at the end of the book that revels portions of the story to be based in fact. This makes those events that are depicted through the pages all the more sad and tragic; but at the same time makes the story all the more perfect.

I would recommend The Winter Ghosts to anyone who is in the mood for an AMAZING story. Read this now!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons | Pages: 288 | Source: Publisher | Buy on Amazon

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