It's wintertime in the Hamptons, where Scott and his wife, Elise, have come to be with her terminally ill father, Victor, to await the inevitable. As weeks turn to months, their daily routine—Elise at the hospital with her father, Scott pretending to work and drinking Victor's booze—only highlights their growing resentment and dissatisfaction with the usual litany of unhappy marriages: work, love, passion, each other. But then Scott notices something simple, even innocuous. Every night at precisely eleven, the lights in the neighbor's bedroom turn off. It's clearly a timer . . .but in the dead of winter with no one else around, there's something about that light he can't let go of. So one day while Elise is at the hospital, he breaks in. And he feels a jolt of excitement he hasn't felt in a long time. Soon, it's not hard to enlist his wife as a partner in crime and see if they can't restart the passion.
Their one simple transgression quickly sends husband and wife down a deliriously wicked spiral of bad decisions, infidelities, escalating violence, and absolutely shocking revelations.
Matt Marinovich makes a strong statement with this novel. The Winter Girl is the psychological thriller done to absolute perfection.
The Winter Girl is one of those books that stayed with me long after I read it and even now, a month after reading it, I can't figure out if it was in a good way or not. I swear I had the eeriest feeling reading this book. It felt like my mind was in a haze and I was under a spell. I was pulled in from the beginning and stayed in suspense all the way through to the end.
I can't say that it was a fantastic book because things just kept getting weirder and weirder but I really did love how strange it all was. Towards the end things really stepped into the land of incredulity so that brought my rating down a couple of notches.
I recommend this one for anyone who loves dark and twisted suspense thrillers.