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The Winter People

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  922 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
From her first glimpse of Glen Chandler, young Dina Blake was enchanted. Their courtship was swift, passionate, and filled with the kind of excitement Dina never knew existed.

She was certain their marriage would last forever...until he brought her to the family estate at High Towers. Then, slowly, relentlessly, Dina became aware that Glen's twin sister possessed her brothe
Mass Market Paperback, 207 pages
Published March 12th 1982 by Fawcett Crest Books (first published 1969)
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Enchantress  debbicat ☮
I read this book in my early 20's I guess. I started Whitney's books like many others on here, in the 70's, in high school. One of my fave author's at that time and for many years. This book is one of her best to me. Creepy and intriguing. I was hooked on the first page with this one, which rarely happens. I really should read it again. It took me awhile today to find the title, as I could not remember it. Again, it was so dang creepy, the way the sister in law stalks the bride. The twist is so ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
if you like reading books with a strong female character skip this book.
if you are a woman and have any respect for your own sex skip this book.
this book is insulting to the strength of women. i know it was written in a different time when women were meeker however i wanted to beat the main character myself because she made herself a victim. anyway thats my two cents.. i say skip it
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I got this book out of a FREE bin at a airport. I thought I'd give it a try since I had a 9 hour flight ahead of me. I fell in love with this book! Its got so many twists and surprises.
Lisa Greer
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gothic-romance
Ah, this early novel and ones like it are why Whitney is so loved. Glad I'm reading this one after trying 'Ebony Swan' and not being overly impressed. I had to make myself stop reading last night-- way later than I needed to go to bed!

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May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! One of my favorite's! I finished reading this book in 2 days!
Robin Densmore
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
You know a book is good when, after many many years you still remember it was good. It evokes a good feeling.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Totally gripping and intense. This is the second of Phyllis Whitney's books I've read, and she definitely knows how to weave an intriguing story that is impossible to put down.

I debated giving this book 4 stars only because it was so dark and oppressive and there was very little joy in it at all. But I decided to go with 5, because even if it isn't a very happy book (even if it isn't happy at all!) it's still a good book, fraught with tension and audacity and, at times, madness, but in a very ar
I read this sometime in the 1970s and never forgot it. The cover sticks in my brain like it was yesterday. I hope I still have it somewhere in a box so I can reread and remember why I loved it so much. It shaped my love of creepy books so I'm really curious how it compares to what I like to read now.
Jan 12, 2009 rated it liked it
A rather weird story but well written.
Kimberley Arnold
Sep 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
I hated the main character. She was an idiot from the first page to the last page.
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite Whitney story! A lot of her plots are similar and if you choose to only read one, this is the one to choose.
Joyce Scarbrough
I first read this book during my Gothic Romance phase when I was in middle school, so my perspective on it is a bit different now that I'm in my fifties. I still loved the dark eeriness that Ms. Whitney plunges us into as soon as we arrive at High Towers, the vacation home of the deeply troubled Chandler clan, a family of artists who lean more to the mad side than the eccentric side. I still loved all that, but the lack of assertiveness and self respect in the main character was the thing that b ...more
Jul 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This book took me a long time to get through which is usually an indication that it wasn't that good. It was evenly paced and the author did provide an eerie setting that matched the tone of the book, along with the big looming house called Gray Rocks.

Bernardina (Dina) Blake can't believe her luck when, while at work in a museum, she meets the handsome artist Glen Chandler. They fall madly in love with each other and get married, but Glen didn't feel the need to call up his family and let them
Linda Ewankowich
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I read this book the first time almost 40 years ago. I read it again, because I felt like I was too young to understand the book the first time. I did get more out of it this time, and for it's time it was a great book. Reading it now was almost a disappointment. So much more could have been done with the characters. Their neurosis's, their psychological problems. Still, a good, retro read.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I was fascinated by this book as a teen. I strongly associate it with cinnamon ice cream, which we had a 5-gallon tub of at the time. I would dish up a bowl and read this wintery tale of the super pale and Nordic characters, and it all seemed strikingly exotic, even for a Northerner. Since it has stuck with me to that extent, I will give it 3 scoops.
Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nov 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Lots of intrigue and I enjoyed reading a mystery that wasn't full of gruesome violence toward women and children, filthy language and gore.
Bonnie Lynn
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
If you read her novel, "The Stone Bull", skip this one - they're very much alike.
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a creepy mystery! This may be my favorite of this author's books so far. I will never look at twins the same way again!!
Feb 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
To me it wad a weird dtory, it read almost like a biography.
Julie Martin
This is another of my favourites from P.A.W.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
The Winter People was just what I needed to stay cool during these oppressively hot days of August. It not only took place in a creepy winter landscape, but it was a filled with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. The world of Gray Rocks is rugged, dangerous, and unforgiving, and Dina (Bernardina) finds herself there after a whirlwind romance and quick marriage to Glen Chandler. Enter Glynis, Glen's evil twin, and Trent, Dina's former lover, and what do you have? You have a sto ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Young Dina meets artist Glen Chandler; they marry quickly, before she really gets to know him, and he takes her to his family home in New Jersey for Christmas, where Dina meets Glen's (previously unheard of - see what I mean about marrying too quickly) twin sister Glynis. You can tell right off the bat there is something sinister about Glynis, and her manipulation of her brother, and their too-close relationship. Throw in Dina's discovery that her first love lives on the property adjacent to the ...more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I remember loving Phyllis A. Whitney books in high school. It was so hard to read this book with my modern eyes. I had to keep telling myself that times were different in the late 50's early 60's. I still liked to bizarre story line, and there were parts of intrigue and suspense. But in the end, my modern eyes couldn't let go of one particular flaw in the heroine, therefore, it only received two stars.
Oh, those wicked twin sisters.
Oscar Maquito
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm giving it 4 stars because it really was suspenseful and a real page turner, but the heroine, as many others have noted, is very dated and grates on the modern sensibility with her limpid stand-by-your-man nonsense. But a solid novel nonetheless. Just don't expect a feminist heroine.
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Phyllis Ayame Whitney (September 9, 1903 – February 8, 2008) was an American mystery writer. Rare for her genre, she wrote mysteries for both the juvenile and the adult markets, many of which feature exotic locations. A review in The New York Times once dubbed her "The Queen of the American Gothics".

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