The Winter Girl

  • by Matt Marinovich
  • Narrated by Quincy Dunn-Baker
  • 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Scott is spending his winter in the Hamptons with his wife, Elise, who is taking care of her terminally ill father. With Elise in the hospital every day and their marriage growing increasingly strained, Scott spends a lot of time alone. He finds himself fascinated with the seemingly empty house next door, where every night the lights go out at exactly 11:00 p.m. Convinced no one is home, he decides to break in the next day.
Although he doesn't discover much of interest, trespassing gives him a thrill he hasn't felt in a long time. He soon convinces his wife to come with him on his next visit, and their simple transgression leads to an escalating series of bad decisions, infidelities, violence, and shocking revelations.
Key selling points:
A poisonous bon bon: sex, secrets, violence, and marriage wrapped tightly in a deceptively short novel. You'll enjoy every deliciously naughty moment through to the chilling end.
Blistering prose: Matt Marinovich has the voice, razor sharp throughout, and then he just hits you with a line or paragraph or scene about love and loss and loneliness that makes you realize you've been holding your breath for minutes.
Rear Window unhinged: Scott likes to watch. He's not the only one.
A scathing take on the Hamptons: What is more tasty than the worst-case scenario playing out in those big Hamptons mansions? Whatever happens, it still won't affect property values....

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Gone Girl on steroids

This book reminds me of Gone Girl, except 100 times more twisted and disturbing. The subject matter is dark, depressing, and sick...and yet Marinovich manages to make the story satirical, funny, and entertaining. The writing is brilliant, and each sentence is packed with evocative and at times hilarious descriptions. I was impressed that Marinovich managed to fit so much storyline into only 6 hours and 30 minutes. If you liked You by Caroline Kepnes, you'll probably like it, but definitely be forewarned that this book isn't for the faint of heart.
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- Olivia "Eclectic bookworm...I listen to a little bit of everything. Give up after listening to something for 20 minutes and don't like it."

Dark and Intense

This addition to the 'Girl' genre is not a run of the mill offering... It's quite somber at its lightest and disturbing, visceral, and raunchy at the other end... It's a very good read w/ excellent pace and delightfully unlikeable yet transfixing characters... The story gets a lot in in a short time making the story even more intense and gripping than a longer work might have been... Disfunction abounds and dark humor is cunningly done... Not for the faint of heart or any w/ delicate sensibilities... This story clobbers you over the head w/ grit and ugly depths... You'll be discomfitted, but you'll keep reading greedily... The narration is better than average... It's worth the credit if you can handle... Not as good as "Gone Girl" or "The Girl on the Train" but imo better than "The Good Girl"
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- Sandra "Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books