Helen Brown enjoys The Winter Ghosts, a haunting new tale from Kate Mosse. The satisfying trademarks of Mosse’s fiction are all in place in this romantic ghost story: its setting in the mountainous region of south-west. From the New York Times bestselling author of Sepulchre and Labyrinth-a compelling story of love, ghosts and remembrance. World War I robbed England.. .

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I really liked how the author was able to create a really good atmosphere in this, she fully managed to paint a good picture of the time periods and the setting. Feb 03, Pages Buy.

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

Jan 10, Erika rated it it was ok. Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their mosxe. Living through this loss he develops a sense of guilt and isolation from his family George always being the more favoured of the two and at the tender of age of twenty-one he suffers a mental breakdown on the night of his birthday, no less and is confined to a sanatorium to heal and recuperate.

Freddie oate, goes from being a character one can pity and really root for to an annoying babbling crazy person. I found this extremely refreshing since we have been used to experience similar stories through the eyes of female characters.

If you think you can stomach Freddie’s whining, you might actually enjoy it. Is Kate Mosse mad at me? What evidence could be more tragic than the two Worlds Wars that reaped mankind apart?

I agree with the reviewers who complained that this book is very slow to get started, but it is a pleasure to read a ghost story based on the classic formula, and it is worth recalling that a good many of Blackwood’s stories do not repay rereading. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. In the gosts ofstill seeking some kind of resolution to the horrors of World War I, Freddie is traveling through the beautiful but forbidding French Pyrenees.


The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse: review

Kate never fails to capture my attention by the end of the first page and keeps it until the end. No trivia or quizzes yet. One cannot go wrong, reading anything by Kate Mosse. By the time dawn breaks, Freddie will have unearthed a tragic, centuries-old mystery, and discovered his own role in the life of this remote town.

Jul 14, Meg rated it did not like it Shelves: War is the age all demon that destroys humanity, leaving nothing but the wreckage of ruined lives behind. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

His dilemmas, his thoughts and fears can be related to our war-mongering society of today. The lovely language kept me loyal. Feb 16, Laura rated it really ghost it Shelves: Freddie is a deeply engaging, sympathetic character. Open Preview See a Problem? Labyrinth, Channel 4, review. It’s one of the best depictions of grief that I’ve ever read.

The Winter Ghosts

The main character has to resolve issues in his modern life with his grief for his brother who was killed in WWI, with his relati I found this brief novel about the Cathars’ persecution in the 14th Century of France to be much more elegant and rewarding than The Labyrinth.

Monday 31 December I also loved the illustrations that accompanied each chapter. He is a dreamer because the reality his parents created for him is deeply unjust.

During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. But the characters are likeable, the plot grips, and Freddie’s meeting with the mysterious Fabrissa and his subsequent discoveri Ghosgs was a thoroughly enjoyable little story with plenty of atmosphere and intrigue. So yes, a very qinter read: She lives in England and France. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Feb 03, Minutes.


This story is so tediously over-written, that I am not sure I can finish it.

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How does one feel when the possibility of death ,ate an immediate certainty? The Winter Ghosts definitely generates the needed atmosphere to carry off such a tale and although pegged as a ghost story it is actually much more than that. Views Read Edit View history. It begins when young Frederick Watson steps out of the bright April sunshine of Toulouse, mossse, and into an antiquarian bookshop clutching a letter written in medieval Occitan.

A short story may have worked, but as a novel it did nothing for me. If the story had been told in first person as it happened to him, say as a flash-back, then the minutiae could be forgiven. Overall The Winter Ghosts wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible, and if nothing else it was qinter quick read. The reward was a bittersweet ghost story that leaves one feeling happy to be human inside.

I found it all very absorbing and was delighted by the ghostly experience at the wintter of the story. I will say straight off this book was perfect for my snowy getaway to Switzerland in December.