The Winter’s Child | Cassandra Parkin | @cassandrajaneuk @Legend_Press #TheWintersChild #Giveaway

Published by Legend Press

Ebook & Paperback : 16 October 2017

304 pages

Source : Advanced Reading Copy received from publisher

This is such a spellbinding and immersive read that it has been a pleasure to take part in this blog tour.  I have my review for the tour spot and also Legend Press are generously offering a paperback copy as a giveaway.  Entry details are below but first a little about the book.


|   About the Book   |

Five years ago, Susannah Harper’s son Joel went missing without a trace. Bereft of her son and then of her husband, Susannah tries to accept that she may never know for certain what has happened to her lost loved ones. But then, on the last night of Hull Fair, a fortune-teller makes an eerie prediction – on Christmas Eve, Joel will finally come back to her.

As her carefully-constructed life begins to unravel, Susannah is drawn into a world of psychics and charlatans, half-truths and hauntings, friendships and betrayals, forcing her to confront the buried truths of her family’s past where nothing and no one are quite as they seem.



|   My Review   |

Well this is one dark and twisted tale. Whether or not you believe in physics or fortune tellers, the atmospheric narrative of The Winter’s Child will hold you spellbound.

Susannah Harper is an extremely complex character and if I’m honest, not one that I particularly liked. Her son Joel was 15 when he went missing five years previously.  Joel was the focus of Susannah’s world; he was not an easy child and had his own inner demons but she obsessively smothered and protected him, always taking his side, even at the expense of her marriage.

She has an obsession with consulting physics despite knowing that so many are frauds – she can’t stop herself even whilst denouncing them on her blog called ‘Life Without Hope’ in which she lays bare her innermost thoughts and fears. We see her dealing with the internet trolls whom she labels “The Monsters Among Us” – those who comment on her blog with false sightings and demands for money in return for information as to Joel’s whereabouts.

Her blog leads her to befriend Jackie, the mother of another missing boy. Both Susannah and Jackie are needy people and although they come from completely different backgrounds, their missing children are the one thing they have in common. Susannah thought she had found a friend but I thought their friendship was destructive and didn’t think it helpful for Susannah to be around her.

Susannah’s pain is laid bare, she thinks she sees Joel at random locations and goes rushing off after him, much to the distress of her sister Melanie who pleads with her to seek help. As Susannah spirals dangerously out of control, we can only watch and hope that somehow she is able to pull herself back to reality.

Susannah has never stopped searching for Joel over the previous five years. However it is an impulse visit to a fortune teller at a local fair that sets in motion her renewed mission to find the truth. She is told that Joel will return to her by Christmas. As the story progresses revelations come to light about Susannah’s marriage and the problems with Joel.

This is a book that requires concentration and needs to be read slowly so that each perfectly constructed sentence can be savoured. The characters are wonderfully drawn – there were some that I disliked, others that I felt sorry for and those that I mistrusted. The story goes back and forth in time to before and after Joel’s disappearance and is interrupted with extracts from the blog.

The Winter’s Child is a beautifully written story of love and obsession with a mystery at its heart. I haven’t read anything by Cassandra Parkin before (I’m asking myself why on earth not!) but I certainly won’t make that mistake again.

My thanks to Imogen at Legend Press for the ARC to review and for the invitation to take part in the tour.


I hope my review has tempted you to enter the competition to win a copy for yourself, please see the Rafflecopter box below to enter.



|   About the author   |


Cassandra Parkin grew up in Hull, and now lives in East Yorkshire. She is the author of three novels, all published by Legend Press – The Summer We All Ran Away (2013), The Beach Hut (2015) and Lily’s House (2016) – as well as a short-story collection, New World Fairy Tales (Salt Publishing, 2011), which won the 2011 Scott Prize for Short Stories. Her work has also been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. The Winter’s Child is her fourth novel.


Author Links:  Website   |   Twitter   |    Amazon UK   |  Goodreads 



*** GIVEAWAY ***

Please enter using the Rafflecopter box to ensure that your entry is registered.  The competition prize is for one paperback copy and sorry, but it is open to UK entrants only.  The winner will be notified by Twitter and/or email once the giveaway has ended and I will ask for your postal details in order that these can be passed to the publisher. If a reply is not received within 72 hours then I reserve the right to pick another winner instead.  Good luck 🙂


a Rafflecopter giveaway



  1. 20th October 2017 / 10:50 am

    Oooh, I’d love to win The Winters Child, sounds great! 😀

    • Karen
      20th October 2017 / 11:09 am

      Thanks for entering Lisa, good luck!

  2. 20th October 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Great review, Karen! xx

    • Karen
      20th October 2017 / 4:40 pm

      Thank you very much Zoe x

  3. 21st October 2017 / 1:04 am

    Wow, awesome review and now I really want to win this one!

    • Karen
      22nd October 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Thank you Susan, this is definitely one for your TBR. Good luck! 🙂

  4. 21st October 2017 / 6:40 am

    Fab review – keeping fingers crossed for a copy now!

    • Karen
      22nd October 2017 / 12:11 pm

      Thanks Emma, good luck 🙂

  5. 22nd October 2017 / 10:12 am

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of The Winter’s Child. It looks great.

    • Karen
      22nd October 2017 / 12:11 pm

      Thanks for entering Jo. Good luck x

  6. 22nd October 2017 / 10:34 am

    A dark and twisted tale…that sounds enticing! (Hoping to get lucky again!)

    • Karen
      22nd October 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Haha,definitely one for your reading pile. Good luck Cathy 🙂

  7. Katie
    22nd October 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Thanks for the chance

  8. Carole Nott
    22nd October 2017 / 8:40 pm

    this looks like a great read

  9. Sarah Prentice
    22nd October 2017 / 8:58 pm

    fingers crossed!

  10. Simon Tinsley
    23rd October 2017 / 7:17 am

    Brilliant prize. Looks an interesting read. Thanks for the chance!

  11. Janet Birkin
    23rd October 2017 / 7:34 am

    Thanks for the chance

  12. Sue Johnson
    23rd October 2017 / 9:13 am

    Sounds perfect for a cold winter days reading

  13. Linzi McQuillan
    24th October 2017 / 9:37 pm

    This looks a great read perfect to cosy up with a good book in the colder winter nights whilst the wee one is in bed

  14. Rachael Sexey
    25th October 2017 / 4:29 pm

    This looks wonderful 📚

  15. katrina adams
    25th October 2017 / 7:33 pm

    This sounds really interesting. I’m always looking for new reads and this looks like something that I need to add onto the reading list!

  16. Simone Griffin
    25th October 2017 / 7:53 pm

    Lovely prize 😍🤞🏻😍

  17. Jason Tolliss
    25th October 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Sounds like a good read

  18. Karen Richards
    25th October 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Lovely giveaway. Sounds like a good read.

  19. paula cheadle
    26th October 2017 / 7:05 am

    love to read this book

  20. Stephanie
    26th October 2017 / 10:50 am

    Amazing book

  21. 26th October 2017 / 11:05 am

    I haven’t read a book in a long time and this would be a good one to start off again.

  22. Leila Benhamida
    26th October 2017 / 1:48 pm

    Sounds lovely. Such a fantastic cover. Thanks for hosting.

  23. Jade Pawley
    26th October 2017 / 5:03 pm

    This sounds wonderful thanks to your review!

  24. Marie Evans
    26th October 2017 / 5:45 pm

    I would like to win this because I haven’t read any of your books Yet! But,the write seems like a book I would find interesting to read.

  25. holly harmsworth
    26th October 2017 / 7:15 pm

    sounds like a good book

  26. Sherrill todd
    26th October 2017 / 11:45 pm

    Sounds great,love reading books by a author I havnt read before

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