The Winter Ghosts

by Kate Mosse

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LoveReading View on The Winter Ghosts

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.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Winter Ghosts Synopsis

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.

The Good Book Guide Review

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. Haunted by the death of his brother George in the Great War twelve years earlier, Freddie Watson travels to the south of France, hoping to find peace in the clear air of the Pyrenees. But when a car accident in a snowstorm leads him to a remote village deep in Cathar country, and a chance encounter with mysterious, tragic Fabrissa, Freddie begins to uncover a terrible secret that has lain dormant for centuries.

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ISBN: 9781409156406
Publication date: 28/10/2010
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409156406
Publication date: 28th October 2010
Author: Kate Mosse
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Kate Mosse

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 three non-fiction books, three plays and six novels, including her multi-million selling international No 1 bestselling Languedoc Trilogy. Translated into 38 languages and published in 40 countries, the first of the series, Labyrinth, was the bestselling book in the UK in 2006, named as one of Waterstone's best novels of the past twenty five years and was made into a feature film for Channel 4 television by Ridley Scott staring John Hurt, Jessica Brown-Findlay and Tom Felton. The ...

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