The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The perfect read as a lead up to the Hallowe'en season, with chills coming from a long-ago murder, a missing mother and a woman's search for why her recently deceased husband lied about where he was going rather than from obvious paranormal devices. The "flashback device" is the 1908 diary of Sara, a wife and mother who ends up flayed by her husband, who then kills himself - but did Sara learn from her childhood caregiver, Auntie, how to raise the dead? The final pages of her diary should have the answer... but where are those pages?
There are tinges of other scary novels (early Stephen King, I'm looking at you) but the mix is enough to keep me up past my bedtime to finish.
ARC provided by publisher.