Friday, February 7, 2020

Book Feature ~ The Winters by Lisa Gabriele ~ @lisagabrieletv @penguinrandom ~ #Suspense #Secrets #Haunting


A sharp and suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

The Winters
Lisa Gabriele


“A stylish, highly original and completely addictive take on du Maurier's Rebecca. Read it!” —Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door

“Dark and richly atmospheric. . . A bewitching novel about love, lies, and the ghosts that never quite leave us alone.” —Bustle

“Creepy, atmospheric. . . Gabriele keeps the tension high up to the surprising and satisfying final twist.” —Publishers Weekly

“Gabriele’s chutzpah in reinventing a much-loved novel brings considerable risk, but the results are satisfying, both as metafiction and as a sharp exercise in psychological suspense.” —The Guardian

“[A] suspenseful, dark tale of love, deception, and grief . . . from the minute you crack open The Winters until you reach its riveting conclusion, you'll be spellbound.” —PopSugar

About The Winters:

On an island in the Caribbean, an unnamed young woman lives a quiet simple life, working for a sailing company and trying to pay her debts. Her world is, in her own words, “unremarkable”—until a dashing older man, a recent widower and wealthy senator named Max Winter, arrives in town and sweeps her off her feet. After a whirlwind romance, she finds herself newly engaged and ensconced in a life of luxury she never could have imagined. But all is not as it seems at Asherley, Max’s opulent Long Island estate, and no amount of glitz and glamour can keep every secret buried, or every ghost quiet.

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, and imbued with a rich sense of suspense, Lisa Gabriele’s novel, THE WINTERS (Penguin Books, $17.00, Pub. Date: January 7, 2020), is now available in paperback – and is a page-turner about the seductive trappings of wealth, the dangers of infatuation, and the impossibility of escaping the past.

THE WINTERS takes its cues from both classic manor house novels and contemporary domestic thrillers, but will keep readers guessing as it builds toward an explosive and unpredictable conclusion. A decidedly modern (and unexpectedly feminist) take on a beloved genre, it is a gripping tale about money, power, and status—and the web of lies it takes to keep them.

When she first arrives at Asherley, our humble narrator—an outsider who has never known such fortune—is both impressed and bewildered by her new surroundings. But it soon becomes clear that this is no place for a fresh start, and she is right to be on edge. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s first wife, Rebekah, whose beauty, breeding, and aura of mystery feed the young woman’s uncertainties and insecurities. Rebekah’s photos adorn the walls, the rooms smell of her favorite flowers, and worst of all, her spiteful teenage daughter Dani is intent on keeping her mother’s memory alive—and torturing her soon-to-be stepmom with it.

As Max and Dani circle each other like cats, pressing buttons and pushing boundaries, their twisted family dynamic, and the hole left by Rebekah’s death, become ever more apparent. Dani refuses to be cowed, and Max’s political ambitions will not be stopped by any woman, dead or alive. Haunted by Rebekah, tormented by Dani, and growing suspicious of her fiancé, the young woman finds herself in a strange and sinister world where she cannot fit in, and may not be able to get out.

THE WINTERS is a sharp and suspenseful read that belongs on every thriller-lover’s bookshelf. Gabriele’s vivid prose brings the affluent Hamptons alive, and skillfully reveals the darkness lurking just beneath the surface and the skeletons in every walk-in closet.


Meet the Author:

Lisa Gabriele is the author of two literary novels. Her writing has appeared in Glamour, Vice, and Salon as well as various anthologies, including The Best American Nonrequired Reading. She lives in Toronto, where she is an award-winning television producer.

Book Details:


By Lisa Gabriele

Penguin | Paperback On Sale: January 7, 2020 | ISBN: 9780525559726

Also available as an e-book and audiobook.

For more information, please visit: | @lisagabrieletv | @lisagabrieletv 

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