Mind of Winter

Mind of Winter


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Trapped inside the house during a blizzard, Holly Judge awakens to her worst nightmare when she no longer recognizes her daughter Tatiana, whose behavior has become increasingly erratic and disturbing.


Laura Kasischke, the critically acclaimed and nationally bestselling poet and author of The Raising, returns Mind of Winter, a dark and chilling thriller that combines domestic drama with elements of psychological suspense and horror—an addictive tale of denial and guilt that is part Joyce Carol Oates and part Chris Bohjalian.

On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens with the fragments of a nightmare floating on the edge of her consciousness. Something followed them from Russia. Thirteen years ago, she and her husband Eric adopted baby Tatty, their pretty, black-haired Rapunzel, from the Pokrovka Orphanage #2. Now, at fifteen, Tatiana is more beautiful than ever—and disturbingly erratic.

As a blizzard rages outside, Holly and Tatiana are alone. With each passing hour, Tatiana’s mood darkens, and her behavior becomes increasingly frightening . . . until Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.

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"On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens, the fragments of a nightmare--something she must write down--floating on the edge of her consciousness. Something followed them from Russia. On another Christmas morning thirteen years ago, she and her husband Eric were in Siberia to meet the sweet, dark-haired Rapunzel they desperately wanted. How they laughed at the nurses of Pokrovka Orphanage #2 with their garlic and their superstitions, and ignored their gentle warnings. After all, their fairy princess Tatiana--baby Tatty--was perfect. As the snow falls, enveloping the world in its white silence, Holly senses that something is not right, has not been right in the years since they brought their daughter--now a dangerously beautiful, petulant, sometimes erratic teenager--home. There is something evil inside this house. Inside themselves. How else to explain the accidents, the seemingly random and banal misfortunes. Trixie, the cat. The growth on Eric's hand. Sally the hen, their favorite, how the other chickens turned on her. The housekeeper, that ice, a bad fall. The CDs scratched, every one. But Holly must not think of these things. She and Tatiana are all alone. Eric is stuck on the roads and none of their guests will be able to make it through the snow. With each passing hour, the blizzard rages and Tatiana's mood darkens, her behavior becoming increasingly disturbing and frightening. Until, in every mother's worst nightmare, Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter"--
Trapped inside the house during a blizzard, Holly Judge awakens to her worst nightmare when she no longer recognizes her daughter Tatiana whose behavior has become increasingly erratic and disturbing. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062284396
Branch Call Number: FIC KAS
Characteristics: 276 p. ;,22 cm.


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Nov 28, 2016

not my cup of tea. I expected more from this book what with all the reviews and hoopla. i suppose I am one of the few who thought this book was disappointing. I did not empathize with holly, I thought she was erratic, kind of an ass. she saw what happened and buried it, just wanted to have her idea of a perfect dark haired Rapunzel no matter what the cost. well the fairy tale turned into a nightmare and holly has herself to blame. what a nut. what was the matter with the husband. was he an ostrich as well, just bury your head in the sand and maybe the problem will disappear on its own?

Jan 09, 2016

Hard to believe that this entire book encompassed only one day - Christmas Day. I found some of the writing a bit repetitive. But while reading it, I was reminded a lot of the movie "The Ring". The storyline would certainly make for a very creepy movie. The whole time you feel something isn't quite right but you can't pin down what is actually happening.

Oct 16, 2015

Psychological thriller about an insecure woman who, not being able to have a child of her own, goes to Russia to adopt in a not so quite reputable orphange.
The plot line had me engrossed throughout ; the prose concentrated on the workings of the mind of the mother and leaves you clueless until the end. Well written - very good.

kbo90 Feb 21, 2015

gripping, unsettling mindbender, in hindsight gives you all the hints but never betrays the ending. Nice job Kasischke!

Sep 28, 2014

I don't know about this book; there was something kind of off putting about it. I did like the writing style; sometimes her thoughts were as if I'd written them, but I just didn't feel the build up led to a very surprising ending; I saw it coming about half way through. I think I expected a more horror/paranormal type book. I did finish reading, but I almost didn't.

multcolib_susannel Sep 23, 2014

Something had followed them home from Russia...
With an opener like that, you can bet that it isn't going to be good...
No chapters just short breath-taking paragraphs that push you into reading page after page untill BANG- you get to the climax.

grandquilter Jul 28, 2014

Thriller with an ending I didn't see coming. Good fast read.

ChristchurchLib May 11, 2014

"It's Christmas morning, and Holly Judge has woken hungover and blearily convinced that the trip she and her husband took to Russia years ago to adopt their daughter (now 15) is to blame for countless troubling and discomfiting events in the time since. Trapped by a blizzard at home with her daughter (once a beautiful, happy toddler, now a beautiful, sullen -- evil? -- teenager), Holly begins attributing sinister meanings to even commonplace activities. Is she delusional? Tired and over-anxious? Or is Tatiana truly... not right? Told entirely from Holly's own scattered, possibly unreliable point of view, this dark, eerie read ramps up the suspense in a way that may appeal to readers of spine-tingling psychological horror." Thrillers and Suspense May 2014 newslettter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/f09d9224-1fc2-401e-887b-1c31cbdd17e1?postId=0957ed89-d774-412f-a98c-556cca0ddbb5

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