Sarah Broadhurst's view...
Because the word ‘ghosts’ appears in the title we know what they are when they turn up but our protagonist doesn’t. How he comes to realise this and cope with it is cleverly done in a creepy tale of persecution, war, loss and love very reminiscent of Susan Hill’s creepy tales. It’s short and atmospheric, a one-sitting read, highly recommended.
Comparison: Susan Hill, Alexandra Sololoff, Jennifer Egan.
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The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. Unable to cope with his grief, Freddie has spent much of the time since in a sanatorium. In the winter of 1928, still seeking resolution, Freddie is travelling through the French Pyrenees - another region that has seen too much bloodshed over the years. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Shaken, he stumbles into the woods, emerging by a tiny village. There he meets Fabrissa, a beautiful local woman, also mourning a lost generation. Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories of remembrance and loss. By the time dawn breaks, he will have stumbled across a tragic mystery that goes back through the centuries. By turns thrilling, poignant and haunting, this is a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage.
'contains all the classic ingredients of a spectral yarn...Readers can enjoy being spooked, while deeper emotions are being subtly stirred underneath.'
Helen Brown DAILY TELEGRAPH
'readable, affecting and nicely done'
Natalie Young TIMES
'The writing is highly charged, and the story poignant'
Elizabeth Buchan SUNDAY TIMES
'An absolutely charming book -- I loved it!'
'Mosse has created a chilling tale with a warm ending. The perfect winter buy.'
'A ghost story...whose power comes from its haunting portrait of Freddie and a life stalled by bereavement.'
'Haunting and heartbreaking.'
Charlotte Vowden DAILY EXPRESS
'The Winter Ghosts sees Mosse writing at her most taut and succinct.'
Emma Hagestadt INDEPENDENT
'Mosse weaves her engaging tale with a delicate touch, dropping clues to her mystery in the form of colours and sounds.'
Jane Housham GUARDIAN
'Poignant and haunting'
'Draw the curtains, snuggle by the fire - this captivating ghost story is perfect company for the long winter nights ahead.'
SOUTH WALES ARGUS
'Perfect for reading by the fire on chill winter evenings, this bewitching tale of love, loss, and the ghosts of the past will hold the reader spellbound.'
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About the Author
Kate Mosse was our Guest Editor in November 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.
Kate Mosse is the author of the number one bestsellers, Labyrinth, Sepulchre and The Winter Ghosts. Her other writing includes two non-fiction books, two further novels and a play. The multi-million selling international number one bestseller, Labyrinth, has been translated into thirty-five languages and published in forty countries. It won ‘Richard & Judy’s Best Read’ at the 2006 British Book Awards and was chosen as one of Waterstone’s Top 100 novels of the past twenty-five years. The co-founder and honorary director of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, Kate was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University of Chichester in 2006. Kate lives with her family in West Sussex and Carcassonne.
Author photo © Roderick Field
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