The Winter’s Sleep by Monica Cafferky

A Fabulous Debut

The Winter’s Sleep by Monica Cafferky is a marvellous debut novel that totally engrossed me.

It is set in Yorkshire, moving from suburbia near Leeds to Saltburn on the coast. The locations come to life under the author’s pen. Saltburn is particularly atmospheric with its’ menacing cliffs and wild weather. Though only a small town, a character comes to life in Saltburn whereas a light was extinguished in Leeds.

Life is made up of more than we can see. There is darkness and light. We need to be careful not to let the darkness in. Light can overcome the darkness. At the name of God, the demons will flee.

We see that a downfall will come when money is the goal. Bit by bit, a character erodes as he is setting his goalposts in the wrong place. The outward appearance mirrors the inner darkness.

There is a beautiful bond between a grandmother and her granddaughter. Loss is keenly felt until another grandmother figure steps in.

We see the damage that a life of drink, drugs and infidelity have on a character.

All the characters were well drawn. We witness the importance of integrity, telling the truth and never letting yourself be molded by another.

The Winter’s Sleep was a departure from my usual genre as there were elements of darkness. It’s a great read for a dark autumnal night – just don’t read it alone!

I received a free copy via Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.


The Winter’s Sleep

A fast-paced thriller with a supernatural twist, The Winter’s Sleep takes the reader on a breathtaking ride from Leeds to the Yorkshire coast in a tale of ghosts, betrayal and fraud.

A handsome husband. A beautiful home. A job she loves.
Yet Brigid Raven is drowning in debts and there’s only one way out.
Fake her death and walk away from everything she’s struggled so hard to build.
Can she pull off her new identity? How will she survive on the run?
But Brigid has another secret. She can see the dead and now they won’t leave her alone.

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Author Bio:

Monica Cafferky worked as a journalist for national newspapers and magazines for over 20 years before turning her hand to fiction with the supernatural thriller The Winter’s Sleep. The inspiration for her debut novel, set in Yorkshire and the North East coast, came from growing up in a haunted house in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Previously, Monica co-authored three self-help books (published by Little Brown), which have been translated into several languages including: Japanese, Norwegian and Czech. Monica is a Fellow of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and for five years was a visiting lecturer in journalism. Monica lives in Yorkshire.  

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