BOOK REVIEW: 'Winter' thrills in our own back yard

Cover photo Judith Kelly Quaempts

When a young woman is brutally attacked by a vicious ex-lover, she knows the only way to survive is to disappear. Leaving her life as a dean’s assistant at a California college in the middle of the night, Carol Ingram flees to the only refuge she knows: her late uncle’s home in Winter, a remote town on the Umatilla Indian Reservation outside Pendleton, Oregon, where she grew up.

Carol soon reconnects with childhood friends, including Will Jacobs, the sweetheart she left behind. And new faces soon become like old friends — kindly Ben Wagner, flighty Lucinda Frye and gentle giant Jackson Henry. But something sinister is lurking amongst the cottonwoods of Winter, as women start to disappear without a trace.

Author Judith Kelly Quaempts sets “A Place Called Winter” in familiar territory. While Winter is a fictitious town on the reservation, its environs are well-known to Pendleton natives. “A Place Called Winter” is equal parts love story and thriller — the shadowy hunter stalking women to feed his obsession could be anyone — and Carol learns, almost too late, that everyone has secrets to hide. — Renee Struthers

“A Place Called Winter,” by Judith Kelly Quaempts. © 2014, self-published.


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