Storm Season

Part 1, along with Reviews, Epilogue, and First Two Chapters

CRITICISM

“I’m still reeling after finishing Susan Wingate’s latest, STORM SEASON. Brilliantly written, here is a tale that grips you by the throat from the opening prologue to the gut-punch of an ending. Both tender and brutal, intelligent and visceral, each page carries a reader further down a harrowing path to a conclusion both inevitable yet also shocking. This novel will leave an indelible mark on your soul. Don’t miss it.” —James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of The Demon Crown

“In STORM SEASON, bestselling author Susan Wingate delivers a spellbinding page-turner. Harrowing and heartbreaking, this is the story of a grief-stricken mother's tenacity in her efforts to bring to justice the monsters responsible for her daughter's drug overdose. Meg Storm is a heroine you can really root for. Once you pick up this riveting thriller, you won't want to put it down.” —Kevin O’Brien, New York Times Bestselling Author

"Meg Storm is intimate with grief, and with guilt. And if Storm is, so must Susan Wingate be, author of this heartbreaking thriller. Both emotions are palpable in STORM SEASON, from the first to the final page. With a fine eye for detail, and an exquisitely tuned empathy for her character’s agony, Wingate leads the reader from worst to worse as Storm allows no stone to go unturned in her pursuit of the carrion eaters responsible for her daughter’s death. A visceral, personal, unflinching look at the insidious plague decimating this country, STORM SEASON will have you double-checking the locks every night and holding your loved ones a little bit tighter.” —Randall Silvis’s writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize, a Fulbright Senior Scholar Research Award, six fellowships for his fiction, drama, and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council On the Arts, and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree awarded for distinguished literary achievement.

“The author writes with a shrewd, confident style; the characters’ experiences are often perceptible to readers. For example, Meg endures an emotional reaction as physical anguish: “This new pain was like a shot to the chest, radiating down and dark, through the soles of her feet.” Violence is stark but fleeting, as the profound tale is more about loss than revenge. A bleak but undeniably affecting family tale.” —Kirkus Reviews, August 2, 2018

“Susan Wingate is guilty. She caused me to lose a full night's sleep. That's how engrossing her newest novel, STORM SEASON, is. Like an onion, the layers keep peeling away revealing new twists and turns that keep you glued to the page. Her writing is impeccable and the world she creates, while at times as tragic as a car wreck, is both haunting and impossible to ignore." —New York Times and USA Today Thriller Award winning author, Vincent Zandri.

“Grief, guilt, and punishment for crimes walk closely together in an evolving story which brings both Meg and her readers on the brink of disaster as reconciliation and recovery remain elusive goals for many of the characters. The result is a riveting, action-packed inspection of one woman's life gone awry as she sets out to rescue others only to come full-circle to discover her own strength and ability to survive.” —D. Donovan, Senior Book Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“When the book starts out with the death of her daughter, you’d think things couldn’t get much worse for Meg—but they do. More deaths, manipulation, revenge, and redemption all play important roles in Susan Wingate’s fast-paced masterpiece STORM SEASON. Susan’s deftly controlled writing style has the reader feeling everything the character goes through—which is exhausting and wonderful.” —Terry Persun, Award Winning & Amazon Bestselling Novelist

“In the tradition of GONE GIRL, Susan Wingate’s STORM SEASON is both layered and nuanced. Like a striptease. the story unwinds itself, building one fear above the other. She has created a world both surreal and REAL, where regrets don’t just swallow you whole… They KILL you.” –JCarson Black, NY Times Bestseller, www.jcarsonblack.com

“STORM SEASON… ranging from the book's dense prose to its format, Wingate demands readers' close attention from the very first sentence to the last. But does it pay off? Absolutely. Prepare to be haunted long after turning the final page.” –BestThrillers.com

STORM SEASON

A NOVEL

 

For Sarah

 

“You will never know exactly what another person is going through or what their whole story is. When you believe you do, realize that your assumptions about their life are in direct relation to your limited perspective.” -M&A Hack

 

THE ROAD BEFORE

Life changes in a blink. Say, when, on a dusky evening, a deer leaps from the woods at the exact moment you’re passing the spot in your car. Say, you’re driving home from an interview—say, a high-level legal interview and your mind is wrapped up in detail. Boom, it happens. Deer appears. Sudden. Deadly. A coin flipping in the air, end over end, up, up, up, then back down flipping, flipping until it lands on cold, black tar jittering to a stop, until it struggles no longer.

Tails not heads. A broken back. Gasping for breath. A pin-prick. An overdose.



Susan Wingate

Edited: 03.02.2019

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