Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke audiobook

Mind of Winter: A Novel

By Laura Kasischke
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HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062284396
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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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Summary

Summary

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, March 2014

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“If I could stand on a mountaintop and shout over the land, I would do it now: This book is magnificent! It’s a gripping psychological thriller, at once both charmingly domestic and flat-out terrifying. Laura Kasischke writes so well that she leaves me inspired and very, very jealous.” Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author
“A genuinely disturbing tale, each layer perfectly crafted, stacked together like a set of Russian nesting dolls, the tiniest one at the center, the horrific secret that everything else depends upon…Both a masterwork of evocative prose and a bone-chilling page-turner.” Jennifer McMahon, New York Times bestselling author
“Thought provoking and chilling, Mind of Winter will have you looking over your shoulder as you tear through the pages to the shocking and heartbreaking conclusion. It will leave you questioning not only what is real but also what it means to be a good mother.” Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author
“A book that will haunt you for days and long, long nights after reading.” Booklist (starred review)
Mind of Winter is a tightly coiled story of suffocating love and undeniable horror. Its grip is remarkably chilling, masterfully poetic, and psychologically unrelenting.” Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street
“It is not enough to say that Kasischke’s language is ‘poetic’…The language catapults us into another plane of existence, one of facade and reflection.” New York Times Book Review on My So-Called Death

Reviews

Reviews

by K 9/13/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

"Eh" story, awful narration

This book was the first audiobook in 7 years of listening where I considered asking for a refund. Because of the short running time (~6 hours) I soldiered on, but the long awaited conclusion/twist did not do much to redeem everything that came before it. The story itself, to agree with a review I read on another site, is like a short story stretched painfully to novel-length. Many of the scenes feel redundant and the main character is incredibly annoying--many of her actions and reactions simply feel false. In one scene she says that she's never taken care of an injury and she has only vaguely heard of Neosporin. I mean, what? The writing feels plodding and the slow march to the ending is not worth it. There are a few inspired passages and pieces of imagery scattered throughout, but not nearly enough. What really sunk this book for me, though, was the narration. The narrator speaks in a low, monotone whisper, weirdly dragging out the last sound of some of her words. "She had to wonderrrrrr who was comingggg to dinnerrrrr." I've encountered a handful of narrators who read books this way, and it is simply the worst. All of the inflections feel wrong and it feels like there is an attempt to build suspense by whispering things that should not be whispered. There were times that I could barely hear the narration even with my volume turned all the way up--just the sound of my car engine was enough to completely drown it out (I listen to all my books in the car). This is the first audiobook where I've felt that I have to strongly not recommend it. Reading the physical book might be worth it for fans of psychological thrillers, though even there I'd only have to give it a barely passing grade.

Author

Author Bio: Laura Kasischke

Author Bio: Laura Kasischke

Laura Kasischke is the author of a number of novels and collections of poetry. Her numerous awards include the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.56
Audience: Adult
Language: English