Title: Dead of Wynter
Author: Spencer Seidel
Release Date: May 17, 2011
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Alice Wynter has tried to hide her background for most of her adult life. With an alcoholic father and brother and ghosts in her past she wants to forget, she has run as far as she can from the place she once called home. But when Alice receives a desperate phone call from her mother telling her that her father is dead – apparently by suicide – she knows she can’t hide any longer and reluctantly returns home to face the place and the people she left behind.
Dead of Wynter is a gripping mystery set in a small, rural town. It’s clear from the beginning that there are ghosts from Alice’s past she doesn’t want to to face, bigger than the fact that she has two alcoholics in her immediate family. As events begin to unfold and the cause of her father’s death becomes more clear, the police begin digging into the Wynter family’s past in order to help their investigation. What is eventually revealed is sad and shocking, to say the least.
Seidel is a talented writer, developing his characters well. I really felt for Alice and could understood why she fled from her hometown at the first opportunity. However, the story was a little choppy. There isn’t a lot of description, and the book could have been fleshed out more. As a reader, I was left wanting to know more about the family and their situation, as well as the past that had been so carefully hidden.
I enjoyed Dead of Wynter and found it to be an entertaining mystery. I was intrigued enough to read the entire book in one sitting; Seidel provides a suspenseful story with carefully crafted characters. I look forward to seeing what the author does next.