Well, I tore through this book in no time flat. It would be a great read in October (or January, given its mostly wintry setting). You want mystery with a side of the undead and horror? The Winter People has it in spades.
In Vermont in 1908, Sara Harrison Shea first loses her young daughter, then--seemingly--her mind. When she's found dead, ostensibly at the hands of her husband, it's the stuff of small-town legends. But there's far more to Sara's story, as is revealed in diary excerpts. Most of the diary has been published and is the subject of both belief and skepticism. But key parts are missing, and some will go to great lengths to get them and access the power they're believed to hold.
Meanwhile, the current occupants of Sara's former home are a widow and two daughters. The daughters wake up one morning to find their mother inexplicably gone. Knowing her paranoia about keeping safely off the grid, they choose not to call the police, but to try and find her themselves. What they find as they search is far more than they expected.
Add in a grieving widow whose husband, also inexplicably, had had a secret meeting with the girls' missing mother right before crashing his car and dying, and you have a lot of questions that need to be answered.
And they are, in mostly satisfying ways. There were a couple of details that felt a bit strained, but you know what? This was a good enough romp of a read that I really didn't care. In fact, my biggest disappointment in the book is that, in spite of the Vermont cottage repeatedly being described as white with black shutters, the book's designer--inexplicably--has made the cottage a dark color. Lame.
Otherwise? Add this to your pre-Halloween reading list.