The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011. (Published February 3)
The Winter Ghosts opens with the main character, Freddie, arriving at a Toulouse bookseller hoping to have a letter translated. In response to the bookseller’s query of how he came to possess the letter, Freddie recounts his experience of being stranded in a small, remote village in the French Pyrenees and his encounter with the lovely Fabrissa several years before. He and Fabrissa shared their life stories, which were sad and eerily haunting. Freddie’s story is bookended by the end of his visit to the bookseller where the letter is finally translated.
As I read, I kept returning to a comment made by one of my Twitter friends. She thought of the book as an extended short story and thus enjoyed it as such. I have to agree with her. The structure is somewhat formulaic and the truth about Fabrissa is fairly obvious, but The Winter Ghosts is short and engaging enough that it doesn’t become tiresome.
The Winter Ghosts is definitely not one of my favorite reads of the year, but it was a fun read for a gloomy Sunday afternoon. If you are looking for a quick read and enjoy ghost stories, you may want to pick up The Winter Ghosts. Just don’t expect a puzzling mystery to try and unravel.
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