Thank you to Viking Books for sending me a free copy of The Winters in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis from Amazon:
After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman—alive or dead—to interfere.
As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets—the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.
When I heard that this book was a modern retelling of the classic Rebecca, I couldn’t wait to pick it up and boy did it deliver. The Winters has all of the same uneasy vibes as it’s classic inspiration and I felt like the modern aspects of this new novel were well done. There are a lot of nice ‘vintage touches’ such as the stylings of the Asherley mansion and even with the interactions between Mr. and Mrs. Winters. Their meeting and courtship seemed very retro in comparison to relationships today. However, much of the drama with Mr. Winter’s teen daughter Dani ensued via social media outlets like Instagram. So basically, this novel is a modern retelling that pays homage to some of the vintage aspects of the original book while adding just the right amount of a modern touch.
When I read the original Rebecca a few years ago, I remember guessing until the end about what was going on. Du Maurier did a great job of throwing suspicion to all of the characters. I honestly felt the same way about The Winters. I went back and forth trying to figure out who was the person responsible for the instability and was surprised in the end. I felt that the writing was well balance and I enjoyed this novel very much. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.