Title: The Winters
Author: Lisa Gabriele
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
Page Count: 320
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a spellbindingly suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that can’t be escaped
After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman—alive or dead—to interfere.
As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets—the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.
The Winters by Lisa Gabriele is a thriller that was inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel Rebecca. What the author has done with this retelling is bring the story into the present time in America and give her own little twist on the tale.
A young woman who was working in the Cayman Islands met Max Winter at her job catering to rich clients. Max was different than other men she’d met in her lifetime and before she knew it she was falling in love. However there was not supposed to be any fraternizing between guests and staff and after a threat from the boss to be sent to another island Max proposes she join him at his estate in America.
With the promise of an upcoming marriage our naive young and in love lady finds herself surrounded by secrets in the Asherley estate. Around every corner and in every nook and cranny there are reminders of the first Mrs. Winters, Rebekah. And with a teenage daughter also to deal with before her marriage can even take place the soon to be bride finds herself falling deeper and deeper into those secrets of the past.
The Winters is one of those thrillers that is just oozing with family drama once our nameless main character tries to join the Winter’s family. There’s always a back and forth going between the three as readers start to also uncover the secrets of the past to keep a reader on the edge then a few twists and turns to wrap it all up. Definitely one I’d recommend checking out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.
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About the author:
Lisa Gabriele is the author of two literary novels. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, Vice, and Salon as well as various anthologies, including The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She lives in Toronto, where she is an award-winning television producer.