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Family Bites

By Sarah Suleski, editor, author of Sidonie

Jul 3, 2008: Winter Rain is family drama with a touch of the supernatural.

The story begins with a very mysterious, highly visual narrative that throws you into the narrator’s first person perspective and immerses you in Tiergan’s feelings. Even though it’s first person, a lot is hidden from the reader, as Tiergan doesn’t take time to "explain" things to you—it feels like you’re in his head, along for the ride, rather than him sitting you down and telling you a story. This makes everything feel immediate and urgent.

The author reveals more things as the story goes on, and it’s enough to keep the reader from from getting lost and fed up with confusion, while still leaving plenty to speculate about and look forward to. It’s a great balance between character and plot.

Each segment is fairly short, but the author updates frequently enough that he feeds you the story in tantalizing bits, in true serial fashion. Every time a segment ends I’m filled with questions and guesses about the characters, their lives, and where the story is going. I always look forward to more.

The narrative is in the present tense, which can be a little jarring if you’re not used to it. But the prose is clear and it quickly becomes second nature.

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