Publication Date 15th November from Harvill Secker.
After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter – a wealthy senator 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.
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.
Inspired by the classic novel Rebecca, The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.
The Winters was hugely addictive and I thoroughly enjoyed this homage to Daphne Du Maurier and Rebecca- a novel I’ve read a few times over the years.
The Winters is atmospheric and clever, with nods to the original inspiration dotted about within which enhanced the read for me beautifully. In its own right though it is also a well paced, intriguing psychological thriller with engaging and fascinating characters.
I was very drawn to Dani, with her dark nature and random twists of mood. The second Mrs Winter to be traverses the waters of her new home with wide eyed innocence before she feels that dangerous undertow pulling her down. Then there is Max Winter – charming, enigmatic and seemingly determined to make it all work.
The setting comes to life and it is a proper page turner, overall an excellent read that draws from the original work but is very much it’s own thing.