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Dead of Wynter

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  53 ratings  ·  32 reviews
“Dolly, it’s your mother.” Dolly. Jackie Ruth Wynter had called Alice that for years. The conversation that followed led her right back to the place she had run from for years. Her twin brother, younger by just a minute or so, had been fading, transforming into an image of their drunken, narrow-eyed father. Now her father was dead, and her brother, Chris, missing.

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by PublishingWorks (first published April 1st 2011)
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Jeremy Townsend
This is a forthcoming title, and it is one of my favorites. I think this author will be a huge name someday. This book is chilling, face-paced, and beautifully written.
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This novel was really divided into two parts - Alice Wynter's story, and her brother Chris Wynter's story. I'd like to talk about each of their parts individually.

Alice's story was pretty straight-forward. She was a woman who had been determined to leave her past behind. She had gotten married, left her hometown and her family drama in an effort to remake herself into someone entirely different. When Alice is forced to face her past after the death of her father, all of the memories that come ba...more
Alice Wynter receives a phone call from her mother telling her that her father is dead. When she goes back to her hometown of Redding, Maine, she discovers that her twin brother Chris is missing. Alice grew up in a troubled household with an alcoholic and abusive father. As a result, her twin Chris was a troubled teen and developed his own drinking problem. Alice was able to move away and start a life of her own, but now that she's back in town, bad memories are resurfacing as the police a...more
Wendy Hines
Alice Wynter has secrets and she'd rather leave them in the past. But with a middle of the night phone call, all hedged bets are off. Alice's mother is on the phone letting her know that her father is dead by suicide and her twin brother Chris is missing.

Alice leaves her husband behind while she travels home to help her mom and the local police find her brother. When she had left home years ago for college, her brother had well been on his way to becoming a mirror image of their father - an abus...more
I'm glad to get an ARC of the book. It's a debut from new author, Spencer Seidel and this book is a keeper. I totally love a family secret and when the gave a full details and dig in into the secret, it's a wow. This book is something that I'm looking for. A book that is a book that you can't put down, totally absorbed as it makes you to keep reading and find what will happen in the end. The story has a mix between the present and the past but it easily to keep it on your reading track. I love t...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
I loved this book. I read it quicker than I have read any book in quite awhile. I literally did not want to put it down. The story jumps back and forth between the present time, when Alice goes back to Redding to be with her family and 1984, which is where the circumstances that drive the present day events started. You get just little bits of the story at a time, some I was able to guess, some not so much. Just when you thought you were going to get some juicy morsel the author would turn the s...more
Deborah Sloan
Dead of Wynter by Spencer Seidel Review & Giveaway!

Alice (Wynter) Dunn believes she has escaped her old hated life in Redding, Maine growing up with a drunken violent father and split family. That is until she gets a call from her mother telling her that her father was dead and her brother was missing. Knowing her Mother can't handle things alone and fearful for her missing twin brother she left behind in that abusive home she grew up in, Alice leaves her emotionally distant husband Gerald a...more
Wendy Watts Scalfaro
Prepare yourselves for a murder mystery/thriller that grabs you from the Prologue and refuses to let you go until the last word. The main character, Alice Wynter, is in constant turmoil over her past as well as her present. The sudden death of her father, and ominous disappearance of her twin brother draws her away from her broken marriage. She reluctantly returns to her childhood home in Redding, Maine to help her mother, but finds herself involved in helping to figure out who killed her father...more
Cheryl "Mash"
DEAD OF WYNTER by Spencer Seidel
Published by Publishing Works, Inc.,
ISBN-13: 978-1-935557-69-2
At the request of Meryl L. Moss Media, an ARC TPB was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (from marketing): There is the Maine of summer — warm, picturesque, filled with vacationing families — and then there is the Maine of winter, where the cold creeps into your bones and refuses to leave. Alice Wynter Dunn thought she’d never have to go back to her hometown of Redding, Maine, where...more
"Dead of Wynter" is not your typical mystery. There is a mystery, the death of Papa Wynter, but the story is as much about Dolly/Alice's relationships with her family, her brother Chris's high school years, and the secrets we keep and their consequences. Seidel delves into the psychology of the characters and examines their flaws, foibles and morals. The death of Papa Wynter, and Chris Wynter's disappearance, serve as the catalyst for the events in the book.

The book shifts between the present da...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog:

This novel opens with a bang as we meet Chris Wynter running through the woods from someone who died 25 years ago.

We then meet Alice Dunn (nee Wynter), a successful marketing executive in a seemingly loveless marriage of 18 years. She "escaped" from the small Maine town where she grew up and is outwardly successful. She tries not to think of her "Wynter" family - her father and brother, both drunks, and her jug wine-d...more
Received from Publisher for review
Overall Rating 3.75
Story Rating 4.00
Character Rating 3.5

QUICK THOUGHTS: Spencer Seidel is a terrific storyteller that is not afraid to take risks with his plot. This book was a dark thriller that kept you guessing till almost the very end. I pretty much thought I had it figured out about 1/3 of the way through and was completely wrong. Best kind of thriller on the market is when you can't figure out who did it!

What I Loved: Dead of Wynter was a very methodical,...more
Such a thrilling read! It kept me turning the pages late into the night!

This was a dark story that shows how much a person can do in an attempt to erradicate their past. It also shows that no matter what, your past cannot be totally erased. It shows the toll living in a dysfunctional family can really take on someone.

I liked how the author alternated between past and present day. The suspense kept building and building until you finally discovered the horrible secret that affected everyone in Al...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Dead of Wynter is a tight and gripping novel which will keep you guessing until the very end. I am seriously impressed with the writing talent of Mr. Seidel. There are secrets that do no harm and then there are secrets that come back to haunt you. Alice Wynter has long been keeping secrets and now her family may be paying the ultimate price. The action and thrills keep you on your toes! Dead of Wynter is a wicked good novel - pick it up and find yourself lost in a mystery that spans generations.
Proud Book Nerd
From the very beginning, the reader learns that something is really wrong. Something bad is going on. It's just unclear what.

And then there's a murder. And someone goes missing. And people start seeing ghosts. Or at least they think they do. Maybe they're just seeing things ...

Fast-paced, intriguing, and full of twists and turns. Dead of Wynter keeps the reader guessing and on the edge of her (or his) seat.

Full review to come ...
I really enjoyed reading Dead of Wynter. I was fortunate to receive an advance reader's copy. From the first sentence, this crime thriller pulled me in and held on tight. I'm an avid reader and a thriller junkie. It's rare for me to find myself unable to predict the outcome of a mystery, but the twist in Dead of Wynter caught me by surprise. This is the most wonderful gift a mystery lover can receive: a well-written story with a true surprise.
Oct 16, 2011 KyBunnies rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like crime/mystery
Recommended to KyBunnies by: Goodreads
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This was a very interesting crime/mystery novel. It involved a person running/hiding from there past. While some of the family members tried to keep the secrets hidden. There was a very interesting twist and something totally unexpected to happen with the book. Worth reading. The author keeps the reader in suspense.
Bill Cappoli
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. This is a very, very good novel that I could not put down. The author does a really good job of not only telling the reader about the current mystery but also interweaving past events that have a role in the what is currently happening to the characters. I also have to say I did not see the twist at the end coming.
Jean-Paul Adriaansen
This is the novel every mystery lover longs for.
Suspense, chilling to the bone, and no clue to where it is bringing you.
A horrible evil is slumbering under the surface, ready to take you by surprise and scare the hell out of you. Just be prepared, you’ll need it if you dare to read thiS creepy good thriller.
Clarke Beaudry

Engaging novel. It stirred up a lot of thoughts about the past and things we suppress and do not deal with. I read this in about four sittings which for me is quite fast. I might of even read it through in one night but I try to resist the temptation of gobbling it up like a good desert.

Thanks Spencer!
I read the whole thing in one sitting because I couldn't put it down!

Once the action grabs you it won't let you go until the very end. It was well paced so that it takes a while to find out all you want to know about the characters. And there's a twist at the end that will leave you reeling!

J.M. Guillemette
A thriller right up to the end. Spencer Seidel's Dead of Wynter kept me turning page after page right from the very beginning. His characters are robust and full of life. Mark this as a must read for your 2011 reading list. I can't wait to see what comes next from Spencer!
An extraordinarily chilling debut novel. My full review may be read on my book review blog Rundpinne.

They called this a "dark mystery" and it was. Reminded me of those VC Andrews books. The who-done-it was a real shocker, but there was no way you could have figured it out, since you didn't even know the person existed until the end of the book.
Lauren edson-fisher
I lovwed this book. It had a great plot, was good suspense and a real page turner. I recommend it for those who like an intense fast read.
Mark Speed
Great debut novel. Very well structured, with plenty of twists that keep you guessing. This man has a great future as a thriller-writer.
Kristina Franken
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.
4.5 stars! An excellent emotional Mystery/Thriller. Review Coming 5/10 on
Jun 28, 2011 Shannon marked it as to-read
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Spencer Seidel lives and works in suburban New Jersey but has also called Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine home. He is an honors graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and attended the Berklee College of Music to study guitar, which he has been playing for over 25 years. His love of reading and books began as a child after discovering Roald Dahl’s Charlie and...more
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