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Mind of Winter [Format Kindle]

Laura Kasischke
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Revue de presse

“It is not enough to say that Kasischke’s language is ‘poetic’ . . . [T]he language catapults us into another plane of existence, one of facade and reflection.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Leave-the-lights-on-tonight frightening, with a quiet edge of horror that is much more effective than gore.” (NPR)

“A terrifying brew of family drama and horror...The awesome ending doesn’t disappoint.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Shocking.” (Vogue.com)

“Impossible to put down.” (BookPage)

“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)

“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, author of Beautiful Day)

“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 of Reconstructing Amelia)

“An unknown horror hovers just out of reach in this gripping psychological thriller...Kasischke skillfully mixes an insightful look at a damaged woman with a twisty plot that builds to a shocking ending.” (Publishers Weekly)

“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 of The Winter People)

“A book that will haunt you for days and long, long nights after reading.” (Booklist (starred review))

“A nightmare-inducing domestic mystery...Kasischke knows that what lurks hidden in the shadows is scarier than any monster we can see. She also knows that, scared as we may be, we can’t resist a peek.” (Boston Globe)

Présentation de l'éditeur

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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 697 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 293 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0062284398
  • Editeur : Harper (25 mars 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00DB3D424
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 1.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Laura Kasischke a étudié à l'Université du Michigan, elle a gagné de nombreux prix littéraires pour ses ouvrages de poésie ainsi que le Hopwood Awards ; elle a également reçu la Bourse MacDowell.
Ses poèmes ont été publiés dans de nombreuses revues. Ses romans La Vie devant ses yeux et À suspicious river ont été adaptés au cinéma.
Elle vit dans le Michigan avec son mari et son fils, et est professeur d'anglais à l'université de Ann Arbor.

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 trop de longueurs 11 mai 2014
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Longueurs et répétitions , seule le dernière page apporte un dénouement et le temps paraît bien long pour arriver à cette dernière page.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Tranquilly dark, hauntingly portrayed, and ultimately, completely mind-bending 26 avril 2014
Par Karielle @ Books à la Mode - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Christmas morning, Holly Judge comes to with a startling message from a foggy dream she's just awaken from: something had followed them home from Russia.

Something had followed them home from Russia! These words, in the context of her daughter, Tatiana's adoption from Pokrovka Orphanage #2 in Siberia 13 years ago, should send chills up your spine. As Holly deals with the domestic mishaps of stressful Christmas dinner preparations, readers tap into the reflective, wistful dusty corners of Holly's mind. Her thoughts drift from her troubled childhood, to her hardest battles, to Baby Tatty's excruciating but worthwhile adoption, to Tatiana's adolescence; these flashbacks are what make up the secure, nostalgic portion of the book.

In the present, however, Holly must face something far more frightening than her personal tragedies and memories: her daughter. The frustration of motherhood is really well captured through Holly's third person narrative. She's excessively sensitive—paranoid, easily startled, a bit overbearing—but her egocentric way of thought is forgiven solely because of how relatable she is, how easy to sympathize with.

Tatiana and Holly's relationship is slightly morbid, a bit eerie to begin with. There's something lurkingly alarming about Holly being trapped inside the house in a snowstorm with a daughter that isn't acting like herself anymore, and although their interactions only occur within a span of eight hours (or so), they take up the entire novel, which should be an indication of just how scrutinizingly—just how comprehensively—Holly's life story unravels.

No matter how much you reflect, the past will always catch up with you, Holly realizes when her reminiscences culminate with a jarring, unexpected revelation that tilts her perspective, sense, and reality a several degrees. The ending of the book—which I won't give away—will make your mind reel and have you rethinking the virtues of destiny, sanity, and delusion of perfection.

Laura Kasischke is a clear poet, with smooth and imaginative style that sets a perfectly chilling and increasingly distressing mood. I noticed a lot of readers on Goodreads complaining about the repetition of certain lines and the exaggerated alarm with which Holly perceives the world, but—hello?—that's the entire POINT of her writing style! Kasischke's merit isn't quite literary, but it's sensuous, it's poetic, and it needs to be read like a movie script would: dramatically, frenetically.

I know the cover is really creepy, and while I can definitely vouch for a disturbing quality to this novel, I also have to say it isn't all blood and guts and gore; I wouldn't call this a horror novel, exactly. It's more about horror of the mind; Mind of Winter is a shadowy psychological thriller that won't only have your heart leaping up in your chest, but will also make you consider the limitations of a solitary perspective, and what it means to truly understand a story.

Pros: Completely absorbing... it was hard for me to stop reading! // Mind-blowing turn of events // Structurally and stylistically bizarre, but that much more impressive // Nothing violent or explicit, but as a trigger warning, there is definitely some emotionally disturbing content // Poetic, repetitive flow to Kasischke's voice // Vivid, detailed style // Introspective // Presents accurate remarks about the joys and dangers of what's inside of us // One of those books that will make you double-take and think hard

Cons: No chapters or clear structure to the book, which I understand is intentional, but it made it hard to find stopping points while reading (not that I wanted to stop reading) // Creeped out the living s*** out of me (which is actually pretty cool, now that I think about it)

Verdict: Tranquilly dark, hauntingly portrayed, and ultimately, completely mind-bending, Laura Kasischke's latest novel is a hair-raising glimpse at not only a repressive household's mother-daughter relationship, but also into the scariest place possible: the human mind. While not explicit or particularly horrific, Mind of Winter has some disturbing content that keeps me from recommending it to the average Jane. However, if, like me, you can stomach that kind of psychological manipulation from the author, and if you're a fan of unreliable narrators, macabre portraits of repression and denial, and characters that come with no baggage or legacy, then this is your next must-read. Buy yourself a copy now.

Rating: 9 out of 10 hearts (5 stars): Loved it! This book has a spot on my favorites shelf.

Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Harper Collins and TLC!).
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Hard To Put Down! 7 février 2014
Par Yolanda S. Bean - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This novel opens on Christmas Day - but it is hardly a heartwarming tale of Yuletide cheer! Holly, an ex-poet, wakes up after sleeping late with an eggnog hangover and an immediate sense that she must write down that something has followed her family home from adopting their now fifteen year old daughter in Russia. The stream-of-consciousness novel flows throughout Christmas preparations and memories as a blizzard isolates Holly and Tatiana inside their Michigan home.

As a poet (both the narrator and the author), the turns of phrase are surprisingly lovely even as the eerie atmosphere builds. But Holly’s sudden unease with her daughter is hard to sympathize with - especially when it quickly becomes clear that her entire life has been marked by tragedies far worse than the scratched CDs and cannibalistic chickens that she constantly revisits. As the day progresses, the tension continues to build between mother and daughter. Odd phone calls go unexplained and as Holly both looks backward and tries to salvage the day to connect with her daughter, the wrongess only becomes stronger...

The book is quite hard to put down and the ending twist comes as quite a shock. It is a bit of a manipulative conclusion but it certainly brings clarity to some of the book’s more confusing elements. It is a dark story and one that adoptive parents may want to avoid!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 "Had she thought it would all be rainbows and gumdrops?" 15 janvier 2014
Par "switterbug" Betsey Van Horn - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This reads like a domestic, psychological horror story, and the tone is like an increasingly hysterical ode sung by a panicked woman. Holly Judge senses something dreadful in her midst, and at the start of the novel, she says, several times (in italics), "Something had followed them home from Russia." Holly is a blocked poet wanna-be, insisting that if she could just pick up a pen, she could write down these strange thoughts that are curling around her head.

The beginning of a novel often sets the pace and potential, and I was slightly turned off by this one line repetition. Instead of haunting or poetic, it began to irritate me; it came across as clunky. Holly was very anguished, but it was taxing to start off so soon with hysterics. It opened with her woe that the family overslept on this holiday, which distresses Holly beyond what seemed organic. Alone in the house with her daughter on Christmas day, Holly narrates the entire novel. The guests invited to her house for the holiday are homebound, stuck because of a blizzard occurring in their Michigan city. Eric, her husband, braves the blizzard to pick up his parents at the airport, and becomes delayed returning home because his parents are ill.

Holly and Eric's teenaged daughter, Tatiana, came from a Russian orphanage. When Holly and her husband went to Siberia to adopt her, they saw that the poverty-stricken conditions of the orphanage affected the care that these babies and children received. Holly was always very protective and loving to Tatiana, but it is evident that Holly and Tatiana aren't very close right now. Tatiana appears to be going through a rebellious phase, and is rude and smug to her mother. As Holly waits for her husband to return, she recounts to the reader her medical history (why she can't get pregnant), her experience at the orphanage, and her years as a mother, as well as her aborted ambition as a poet. You sense something is eerie when strange things happen on Holly's iPhone.

As things heat up, the reader is taken into a dark place, one that Holly is swept into as the narrative progresses. The problem I had was that, although the writing is capable, it is also inconsistent. There's too much repetition, perhaps on purpose, but it had the opposite effect of building tension. Holly's voice is overwrought and fatalistic throughout the novel, way before the denouement, so that when it occurs, I was too prepared for it. I kind of figured it out, at least 80% of it, but I wasn't significantly compelled, either, by any surprises.

I think this would have worked better as a short story. I stayed engaged enough to finish it, and at times, I was absorbed in Kasischke's descriptions of Holly's experiences in Russia. But the iterations came off as filler. I didn't enjoy this as much as her novel, THE LIFE BEFORE HER EYES. Perhaps I was looking for something more complex, and was underwhelmed when it ended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What Is Happening To Holly? 10 janvier 2014
Par PattyLouise - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mind Of Winter
By
Laura Kasischke

My "in a nutshell" summary...

Christmas Day...Holly and Eric sleep in...as does their daughter Tatiana...Eric races out of the house to pick up his elderly parents from the airport...and Holly has this nagging feeling that something has followed her home.

My thoughts after reading this book...

Holly has the feeling that something is not "right" in their house. A dead chicken, peeling wallpaper, a cat who isn't there anymore and other things that seem to happen without explanations. She thinks that she needs to remember to write things down. She and her husband went to Siberia years and years ago to adopt their 15 year old daughter, Tatiana. Tatiana is lovely but getting to be just a bit difficult. Holly is stressed by the fact that they overslept, it's Christmas Day and tons of people are coming over for dinner. Her thoughts continue to wander back and forth through the years but the theme that is ever present is that something followed them home when they brought home Tatiana. And...why can't she find the time to write things down?

The book progresses through Christmas Day but again there are tons of flashbacks. There is a snowstorm and now company is not coming. Eric is not on the way home but rather at the hospital with his parents and Holly keeps "seeing" things. She tries to scrub her shadow from the kitchen floor, she wonders why Tatty keeps changing her clothes, her earrings...and Anonymous keeps calling on her cell phone.

It's near this point in this book that everything gets weird and strange and downright creepy...actually it's at this point in the book where things get more weird than they have been. I could not tell whether Holly was imagining everything or Tatiana was turning...well...turning into something or someone else. Holly has a lot of guilt...Tatiana used to be sweet...and all of a sudden everything is changing...but most important is that they are stuck at home alone together because of the snow storm...and again...everything is changing...in Holly's eyes!

The rest of this book is incredible...and it comes with an almost unbelievable ending. And every thought I had about what was happening...gets pretty much blown to bits!

What I loved about this book...

The writing, the suspense, the fact that I was caught up in this mystery...this chilling weird mystery that started from the very beginning.

Final thoughts...

This book was sad...very sad...but that would not prevent me from highly recommending this book. The writing is fantastic...the plot is, too, and once I started reading it I could not stop!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Trippy 25 février 2014
Par Celestialsky29 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Commentaire client Vine pour produit gratuit (De quoi s'agit-il?)
What is illusion, and what is reality? I often wondered this, as I trudged through this engrossing, and highly captivating book. I figured something was awry fairly early on, but I couldn't figure out how this was going to end. Holly and Tatiana are basically trapped at home, alone, after Holly's husband drives to pick his parents up from the airport for Christmas. The whole story takes place at the home, as Holly and Tatiana are snowed in. It snows so much, that all the dinner plans are cancelled because nobody can get through the blizzard. As the day goes on, things at home start to become weird, so weird in fact, that it seems Holly may be losing her grip on reality. The writing follows perfectly with this theme, and a lot of the story stops making sense. The reader gets a sense of what is going on in Holly's mind, as the author adjusts the story to be scattered and nonsensical. I thought this was brilliant, and truly made the book.

I can't give spoilers, or this will ruin the book. I didn't predict the ending, although I did have a sense of what might be going on. There is a realization at the end of the book, that uncovers a very tragic and heartbreaking truth, so much that it stuck with me for several days. This novel isn't graphic, but the situation is disturbing.

I really liked this book. I thought it flowed well, it was to the point, it had just enough description, and it surprised me in the end. I had a hard time putting it down. I thought the author did a fantastic job capturing what was going through Holly's mind.
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