13 December 2011

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

Published: 1 October 2009 by Orion

Pages: 256 (paperback)

Genre/s: Historical Fiction, Ghosts

Source: Own Library

Available from: GoodreadsAmazon ~ Amazon UK ~ The Book Depository


The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. In the winter of 1928, still seeking resolution, Freddie is travelling through the French Pyrenees. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. He stumbles through woods, emerging in a tiny village. There he meets Fabrissa, a beautiful woman also mourning a lost generation. Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories. By the time dawn breaks, he will have stumbled across a tragic mystery that goes back through the centuries.

My Thoughts

''The dead leave their shadows, an echo of the space within which once they lived. They haunt us, never fading or growing older as we do. The loss we grieve is not just their futures, but our own''

I brought The Winter Ghosts as one of my first ever e-books nearly two years ago, so I’ve no idea why I even choose it – I think because it sounded like a sad and intense story, set in France, which has always held a fascination for me.

The Winter Ghosts is a slow story, but it is the type of story that should be. The descriptions of regional France and the thoughts and feelings of the main character, Frederick, are beautifully told, with great detail and atmosphere.

It’s not a scary ghost story, it’s a melancholy ghost story, with some sad moments and a sense of history and mystery thrown in for good measure. The illustrations throughout the book are perfectly matched to the tone, and add an extra dimension.

I really enjoyed this book – it’s not action packed, but reads quickly and engrossingly, with beautiful writing.


  1. Another here who bought that book ages ago and it's still on my shelf - I'll have to dig it out.

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