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Mind of Winter

A Novel

Kasischke, Laura

(Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Mind of Winter
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"On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens, the fragments of a nightmare--something she must write down--floating on the edge of her consciousness. Something followed them from Russia. On another Christmas morning thirteen years ago, she and her husband Eric were in Siberia to meet the sweet, dark-haired Rapunzel they desperately wanted. How they laughed at the nurses of Pokrovka Orphanage #2 with their garlic and their superstitions, and ignored their gentle warnings. After all, their fairy princess Tatiana--baby Tatty--was perfect. As the snow falls, enveloping the world in its white silence, Holly senses that something is not right, has not been right in the years since they brought their daughter--now a dangerously beautiful, petulant, sometimes erratic teenager--home. There is something evil inside this house. Inside themselves. How else to explain the accidents, the seemingly random and banal misfortunes. Trixie, the cat. The growth on Eric's hand. Sally the hen, their favorite, how the other chickens turned on her. The housekeeper, that ice, a bad fall. The CDs scratched, every one. But Holly must not think of these things. She and Tatiana are all alone. Eric is stuck on the roads and none of their guests will be able to make it through the snow. With each passing hour, the blizzard rages and Tatiana's mood darkens, her behavior becoming increasingly disturbing and frightening. Until, in every mother's worst nightmare, Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperCollins,, [2014]
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 0062284401
9780062284402
0062284398
9780062284396
Branch Call Number: FICTION KASISCHKE 2014
Characteristics: 276 pages ;,22 cm

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Creepy page-turner thriller of a book! It's a psychological thriller, no, it's a ghost story, no, it's a psychological thriller. Chilling!

Comment by: multcolib_susannel Sep 23, 2014

Something had followed them home from Russia...
With an opener like that, you can bet that it isn't going to be good...
No chapters just short breath-taking paragraphs that push you into reading page after page untill BANG- you get to the climax.

I read this in one day. . .well, actually I was reading it during the day but had to stop reading it once the sun set because it was so-o-o creepy, but good creepy. And then I woke up at 3 am and had to finish reading it.
It's a psychological thriller, no, it's a ghost story, no, it's a psycholo... Read More »


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Sep 28, 2014
  • bayougal rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I don't know about this book; there was something kind of off putting about it. I did like the writing style; sometimes her thoughts were as if I'd written them, but I just didn't feel the build up led to a very surprising ending; I saw it coming about half way through. I think I expected a more horror/paranormal type book. I did finish reading, but I almost didn't.

Something had followed them home from Russia...
With an opener like that, you can bet that it isn't going to be good...
No chapters just short breath-taking paragraphs that push you into reading page after page untill BANG- you get to the climax.

Jul 28, 2014
  • grandquilter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thriller with an ending I didn't see coming. Good fast read.

"It's Christmas morning, and Holly Judge has woken hungover and blearily convinced that the trip she and her husband took to Russia years ago to adopt their daughter (now 15) is to blame for countless troubling and discomfiting events in the time since. Trapped by a blizzard at home with her daughter (once a beautiful, happy toddler, now a beautiful, sullen -- evil? -- teenager), Holly begins attributing sinister meanings to even commonplace activities. Is she delusional? Tired and over-anxious? Or is Tatiana truly... not right? Told entirely from Holly's own scattered, possibly unreliable point of view, this dark, eerie read ramps up the suspense in a way that may appeal to readers of spine-tingling psychological horror." Thrillers and Suspense May 2014 newslettter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/f09d9224-1fc2-401e-887b-1c31cbdd17e1?postId=0957ed89-d774-412f-a98c-556cca0ddbb5

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