My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Book Details from Goodreads
In the winter of 1928, still seeking some kind of resolution to the horrors of World War I, Freddie is traveling through the beautiful but forbidding French Pyrenees.
During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Dazed, he stumbles through the woods, emerging in a tiny village, where he finds an inn to wait out the blizzard. There he meets Fabrissa, a lovely young woman also mourning a lost generation.
Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories. By the time dawn breaks, Freddie will have unearthed a tragic, centuries-old mystery, and discovered his own role in the life of this remote town.
What I thought of it
Right from the start of The Winter Ghosts, Mosse delivers mystery and unanswered questions. Who is Freddie? Why has he returned to Toulouse, and what caused him to leave in the first place? The document found in the mountains – what is it, and why is it significant?
From the first chapter, the descriptions are imaginative, at times exquisite. The medieval past sleeping beneath the streets; the stonework blushing in spring sunlight; the detail of Freddie’s shadow being dragged behind him as he walks, almost as though the spirit of his lost brother clings to him.
As the story evolves, Freddie finds himself in a village deep in the mountains, and inexorably drawn into the past. Likewise, the reader is drawn into a world of secrets and shadows, mists and hidden places. Who is Fabrissa? How does her story fit with that told by the villagers of Nulle? Are Freddie’s visions simply the result of his fractured heart and his unremitting grief?
There is a quiet inevitability as the story tightens its hold and takes its winter-softened steps toward the final chapters.
Classic Kate Mosse – a tale of mystery, history, loss and remembrance – The Winter Ghosts will weave a spell around you and remain in your mind long after you’ve read the last page.
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