Putnum Adult, 288 pages
February, 2011, $24.95
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse is a story of love, ghosts, war and memories. It tells of Freddie Watson, who still carries the battle scars of The Great War and the emotional lingering ghosts that continue to haunt him. When Freddie's car careens off the icy and snow covered roads while traveling through the Pyrenees, he's forced to stay in the tiny, crumbling village of Nulle. It's there that he has a chance meeting with Fabrissa, a woman who is also haunted by the past. And also the woman who now also haunts Freddie.
I had looked forward to receiving this book and was so prepared to love it as I had loved Mosse's Labyrinth and Sepulchre. But I didn’t. I all but abandoned it. I couldn’t get involved in the story or the characters and just didn’t care if I turned the page or not. I was so disappointed. Then I did a bit of research about The Winter Ghosts and found that this book started as a novella supporting adult literacy. That explained to me why the characters didn't seem fleshed out and gave me the feeling that I was reading a short story that had fallen flat and been stretched beyond its limits.
If I gave a "star" rating, this one would sadly get 2 out of 5.
This book was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected by review.