The Winter Ghosts

Kate Mosse

The Winter Ghosts

The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. In the winter of 1928, still seeking resolution, Freddie is travelling through the French Pyrenees. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. He stumbles through woods, emerging in a tiny village. There he meets Fabrissa, a beautiful woman also mourning a lost generation. Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories. By the time dawn breaks, he will have stumbled across a tragic mystery that goes back through the centuries. 3.5 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
The Winter Ghosts

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Horror & Ghost Stories
Format Hardback
Pages 272
RRP £14.99
Date of Publication October 2009
ISBN 978-1409112273
Publisher Orion
 

The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. In the winter of 1928, still seeking resolution, Freddie is travelling through the French Pyrenees. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. He stumbles through woods, emerging in a tiny village. There he meets Fabrissa, a beautiful woman also mourning a lost generation. Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories. By the time dawn breaks, he will have stumbled across a tragic mystery that goes back through the centuries.

Reviews

The Daily Telegraph

Helen Brown

For those of us who don’t believe in ghosts as they appear on the surface of this story, there’s meat for analysis in the psychology behind their manifestations. And as Mosse presses the slices of her story together – one medieval and the other 20th century – her readers can enjoy the familiar skin-deep frisson of being spooked, while deeper emotions are being subtly stirred beneath.

17/11/2009

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The Daily Mail

Wendy Holden

I rumbled the big mystery almost immediately, and I expect you will as well. It doesn't really matter - even if you've guessed what's going on, this is a great read… Mosse writes movingly about loss and atmospherically about France, although I could have done without italics for boulanger and so on.

10/11/2009

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The Independent

Emma Hagestadt

The Winter Ghosts, which began life as a novella for the Quick Reads campaign to encourage adult literacy, sees Mosse engaged in a more succinct mode of storytelling. This works particularly well in the opening chapters, when the taut narrative suggests unspecified depths. It's only when Mosse's interest in spirits, rather than spirituality, takes the upper hand that the link between the fallen of the Somme and long-ago heretics starts to feel a little far-fetched.

22/10/2009

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