The Winter Sister by Megan Collins: Q&A


This page consists of spoilers from The Winter Sister.

Q&A Discussion

If you are here, and still reading I assume its because you want to know more about what The Winter Sister holds.

After reading the books summary, I found myself faced with four questions. As I read I searched for the answers. I’m going to share with you what I wondered and thought, before, during and after reading the creepy thriller.

I hope those who have read Megan Collins’ first novel will join, in the comments, on their thoughts and outtakes of the many discoveries with in the mystery of Persephone’s death.

The Summary:

Sixteen years ago, Sylvie’s sister Persephone never came home. Out too late with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, Persephone was missing for three days before her body was found—and years later, her murder remains unsolved.

In the present day, Sylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie, as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Prone to unexplained “Dark Days” even before Persephone’s death, Annie’s once-close bond with Sylvie dissolved in the weeks after their loss, making for an uncomfortable reunion all these years later. Worse, Persephone’s former boyfriend, Ben, is now a nurse at the cancer center where Annie is being treated. Sylvie’s always believed Ben was responsible for the murder—but she carries her own guilt about that night, guilt that traps her in the past while the world goes on around her.

As she navigates the complicated relationship with her mother, Sylvie begins to uncover the secrets that fill their house—and what happened the night Persephone died. As it turns out, the truth really will set you free, once you can bear to look at it.

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My Questions:

  1. How did Annie change after Persephone’s death?
  2. Why was Persephone not allowed to see Ben Emory?
  3. Why does Sylvie think Ben killed her sister?
  4. What about that night sixteen years ago is making Sylvie feel so guilty?

My Answers:

  1. When Persephone didn’t come home. Annie’s switched was flipped and she locked herself in her room. Knowing immediately her oldest daughter was never coming home. She turned to alcoholism and abandoned Sylvie. Not even noticing when Sylvie went to move in with her Aunt Jill. This caused the split in their relationship to burst open and put them on two separate paths.
  2. When Annie was young, Will Emory (Ben’s father) and her were in love. There secrets lead to Persephone being conceived. Keeping the truth from Persephone, she forbid her from seeing Ben. It wasn’t because of just a past relationship with his father, but in reality, Persephone and Ben were half-siblings.
  3. Ben becomes Sylvie’s number one suspect because he was the reason for the painted over bruises. He was the last person Persephone was with. They would always argue and that night he left her on the side of the road.
  4. The night Persephone went missing, she tried to come home first. Resentment towards her sister, left Sylvie to take action. She locked the window Persephone would use to sneak back inside after going off to see Ben. Refusing to open the window, she assumed, when Persephone couldn’t get through the window she would go to the front door and everything would be reviewed to her mother. Only she didn’t, Persephone went back to Ben.

My Thoughts:

Collins provides a brilliant display of a sister’s bond and a fallen relationship. It causes us to wonder if we truly know the people we love.

For more of my thoughts on The Winter Sister, read my full book review.

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One thought on “The Winter Sister by Megan Collins: Q&A

  1. As I continued to read and find out the true meaning behind Persephone’s bruises, the reason for Annie’s ‘dark days’, and why she wouldn’t let her be with Ben, I started to wonder if these reasons were enough to justify their actions. Persephone allowed the bruises to help Ben deal with his pain, but shouldn’t Ben realize that he is causing more pain and not just the physical kind? Was Annie, hiding from a future she could never have, worth losing the future with her children? Of course, Annie couldn’t allow Persephone and Ben to be together, but wouldn’t it have just been easier on both Persephone and herself, if she just came clean to her daughter about her reasoning in the first place?
    What did you think about all these twists and turns?


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