The Winter Sea

Susanna Kearsley

A Reader's Opinion

Originally reviewed

on and by:

06.15.2017

MK McClintock

Powerful, engrossing, and wonderfully spectacular! In THE WINTER SEA, bestselling author Carrie McClelland departs her original plans to research her next book in France. Instead, she finds herself in Cruden Bay on the shores of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The cottage she lets is as fascinating as Slains Castle, a place with which she feels an undeniable and haunting pull. Two interesting sons, their charming father, a doctor eager to offer historical insight, and a setting so beautifully depicted I felt as though I walked along the shore with Carrie. THE WINTER SEA is essentially two stories in one, one historical and one contemporary. It's a bit of a marathon compared to her other books I've read thus far, and it's worth every second and page. The historical part of the story is in third person and follows one of Carrie's ancestors. The contemporary is in first person from Carrie's point of view, and as I've said before, this author writes first-person narrative better than anyone I've ever read . . . in my opinion. There's so much to share about this book, yet to reveal anything would almost be to reveal too much. I'm working my way through Susanna Kearsley's impressive work of fiction, books that don't fit neatly into any one genre, something I love about her work. I know what to expect, yet there are always surprises. Mariana and The Shadowy Horses are by far my favorites, though THE WINTER SEA is just as marvelous in how it's written and the superb use of detail. Susanna Kearsley continues to impress.

The Winter Sea
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