Review: The Winter Ghosts

The Winter Ghosts
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the third Kate Mosse book I’ve read, following Labyrinth and Sepulchre. It’s much smaller than these two and was a very quick read. It has it’s historical roots in the persecution of the Cathars, like Labyrinth, and in the post war period. As before she utilizes a way of writing continually slips between both time periods. She isn’t merely working to the same formula, however, but introduces the exploration of recovery after emotional upheaval and bereavement as well as ghosts. Yes this is a ghost story – not a horror story but a romance, yet still a little unsettling. I came away wanting to know more and to experience a further development of the interaction between ghost and living, but this is no bad thing. I’ve grown to enjoy her writing style and will definitely look out for more by her. I would love to see her turn her hand at writing a fuller ghost story; she certainly has the knack of getting the mood and colour just right.

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