Review: A Man in Winter

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with this novella. Narrated from the perspective of a sick old man, it’s difficult to tell what’s real and what’s not. I had to take a break after reading the epilogue to gather my thoughts as I still can’t tell if it was all real or in his head. I think an argument could be made either way, which is wonderful. I’ve always loved psychological horror, so I am very biased here. But I wouldn’t praise this book if it wasn’t worth reading.

It’s less of a “who did it?” story and more of a “when is he going to figure it out, and what is he going to do about it when he does” story. It seems that aspect of the story was given away early on, though it doesn’t go anywhere for a while. Arthur is clearly not well and his wife never misses a chance to remind him that time is passing them both by, it adds a level of urgency to every scene and situation. The characters are all well crafted and believable. It’s apparent that they all genuinely care about Arthur and want the best for him. There are always extra bits of dialogue to flesh things out and make it real, such as the chatter between his grandsons or when he teases them about their age.

If I had any friends, this is a book I would recommend to them. I say give it a read.

Note: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a physical review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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