"A stylish, highly original and completely addictive take on du Maurier's Rebecca. Read it!" —Shari Lapena, New York Times bestselling 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
Some secrets never stay buried
After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman—alive or dead—to interfere.
As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets—the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.
When Max Winter, a New York state senator, comes into the life of the insecure 26-year-old unnamed narrator of this creepy, atmospheric homage to Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca from Gabriele (The Almost Archer Sisters), she's working at a boat charter in the Caymans. After only a month, they're engaged and heading off to Asherley, Max's secluded Long Island estate, where his 15-year-old daughter, Dani, awaits. Dani has always been difficult, but the death of her mother, Rebekah, in a fiery car crash a year and a half earlier, has brought her to the edge, and she has no interest in her father's new fianc e, who adores Max and is eager to forge a relationship with Dani. The diabolical Dani has other ideas. Faced with Max's frequent absences, the narrator feels alienated at Asherley, which seems to be infused with the very essence of its former mistress, yet she seems to be making progress with Dani. However, on their explosive wedding day, the new Mrs. Winter realizes she never truly knew her husband at all. Gabriele keeps the tension high up to the surprising and satisfying final twist. Du Maurier fans will be pleased.