What begins as a story about a sheltered young boy who’s kidnapped from his own front yard, The Winters in Bloom unravels into a much more complicated tale. When Michael follows a stranger into her car, his parents re-evaluate all the events in their lives that might have led to this point. Both David & Kyra are overly cautious parents, and overly protective of the choices they made prior to their son’s arrival. Both are keeping secrets that are bubbling to the surface.
The book is narrated by various players, starting from the past and revealing bits of information as their turn comes up among the chapters. You learn about Kyra and her home life as a child with her sister. You learn about David’s childhood with his parents. Other characters come into play and Tucker weaves their stories seamlessly into a dance of discovery and exposition. A trickle of information here, a hint of meaning there until it culminates to a satisfying conclusion. Tucker is talented in keeping the reader wondering who the kidnapper is throughout the book.
I’d usually forgive this if it were an ARC, however this was a final copy I received and one little oversight stuck out at me. Especially at a time when one of the characters is piecing everything together, the mix-up of names threw me off and had me confused and flipping through the book in case I had missed something. This mix-up of Kyra’s name for another as the mother of the boy, if that was the big reveal in the story, would have been quite the shocker and quite frankly wouldn’t really have made any sense.
Nonetheless, the novel moves at a steady pace and kept me guessing where the story was headed the whole time. It’s an interesting statement on how protective parents can be with their children, pulling them from school to school because of potential bullies and real-life hazards only to end up sheltering them in a home-school situation where the danger could happen right under your nose in your own home.
The Winters in Bloom is currently available in stores.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ (4/5 stars)
I received this book from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.