Top critical review
Lacked tension, complex characters and general oomph
January 12, 2019
2.5 STARS - Touted as 'spellbindingly suspenseful', The Winters is a retelling of Daphne de Maurier's Gothic suspense novel, Rebecca. I went into this book without previously reading the original book and, from other reviewers’ comments, that may have been a good thing.
While this was a quick read, it wasn't a great read. I wanted a suspense story with a creepy Gothic setting, a cast of characters that would provide loads of secrets and some amazing twists. Unfortunately, this book lacks depth to its plot, characters and a great ending (the Unfortunate Bookish Hat Trick).
I found the characters to be superficial and rather dull (I didn't connect with a'one!), the dialogue sophomoric and a plot that too slooooowly brings readers to a rather lackluster and rushed, much-too-peachy-keen ending. I will say that there were a couple of scenes that made me question what exactly was going on at Asherley, but those weren't enough to make me a fan.
Was it a bad read? No. Did it need more tension, complex characters and an infusion of oomph? Yes, most definitely. Oddly enough, I'm now interested in reading de Maurier's original to see what all the fuss was about.