|The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich|
Their one simple transgression quickly sends husband and wife down a deliriously wicked spiral of bad decisions, infidelities, escalating violence, and absolutely shocking revelations.
Matt Marinovich makes a strong statement with this novel. The Winter Girl is the psychological thriller done to absolute perfection (from Netgalley)
Elise and Matt have gone to the Hamptons to sit with Elise’s terminally ill dad, Victor. While Scott stays back at his father-in-laws house, he notices strange things going on in the house next door. With nothing but time to kill, he decides to go check it out. What he finds starts a whole downward spiral for everyone involved.
There is no way to sugar coat that the characters in this story are pretty screwed up. Matt on his own probably not so much, but because he follows his wife’s lead, he ends up doing some pretty twisted thing. Elise? Elise is one hot mess. Initially, she hides it pretty well, but by the end of the story, we’ve met the real Elise and it’s not pretty. Don’t even get me started on Victor!
This story starts out slow, but as each secret is reveled, the suspense really builds. I’ll admit that the characters did some pretty bizarre things that I often found unbelievable. But then I just tell myself - hey, it’s a book, just go with it! There were plenty of twists that kept me reading and the author saved the biggest one for the end.
I’d like to read more from this author.
Thanks to Doubleday, via Netgalley, for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.