Posted for reader Kaye:
Mysterious disappearances of people in town - over decades of time. Gruesome murders and badly battered bodies. Superstitions and old legends whispered among the villagers. A killer that evades capture. Warnings to stay out of the woods taught to the children from birth.
An old diary is found hidden away that tells of a portal from which a grieving loved one might call a dead person back for seven days if they perform a ritual. But sometimes this dead person, called "a sleeper," doesn't leave at the end of their seven days.
The story of The Winter People is set in West Hall, Vermont, and author Jennifer McMahon does a great job describing the hills and countryside. She makes you feel like you know the characters and keeps you reading to see what is going to happen next. I look forward to reading Promise Not to Tell, which is another of her books.
[The Winter People and other books by Jennifer McMahon can be found at the Galesburg Public Library under the author's last name in the adult Fiction section.]