“A marital thriller more scary than Gone Girl." —The Washington Post
A scathing and exhilarating thriller that begins with a husband's obsession with the seemingly vacant house next door.
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
All families have secrets, but not like the ones uncovered by married couple Scott and Elise, who move to the Hamptons to take care of Elise’s dying father. Matt Marinovich’s The Winter Girl is no vacation story, but rather a chilling tale of evil. We got goosebumps as Elise grapples with her dying father’s abusive behavior and Scott investigates the abandoned house next door and comes to terms with the dark, depraved family history his wife has hidden from him. With its unpredictable shifts and ice-cold revelations, this quick-reading thriller left us guessing until the very end.
The bleak landscape of the Hamptons in winter provides the backdrop for this absorbing thriller from Marinovich (Strange Skies). Scott and Elise, a troubled couple who live in Brooklyn, are staying in the house of Elise's abusive and dying father, Victor, in Shinnecock Hills, Long Island. While Elise tends to Victor in the hospital, Scott becomes obsessed with the purportedly vacant house next door. Hoping to forestall their marriage's disintegration by sharing his adventures with Elise, he convinces her to join him in breaking into the house, where they discover a large, unexplained bloodstain on a mattress in the master bedroom. When Scott asks Victor whether he knows anything about a possible murder at the neighboring house, Victor mumbles something about the "winter girl." Scott soon learns that Elise's family and Elise herself harbor some malevolent secrets. The revelations about Elise's character seem rushed at times, and Scott's own motivations aren't always clear. Still, this is an engrossing, disquieting read for a chilly night.