MIND OF WINTER by Laura Kasischke


On a snowy Christmas morning, Holly Judge awakens with the fragments of a nightmare floating on the edge of her consciousness. Something followed them from Russia. Thirteen years ago, she and her husband Eric adopted baby Tatty, their pretty, black-haired Rapunzel, from the Pokrovka Orphanage #2. Now, at fifteen, Tatiana is more beautiful than ever—and disturbingly erratic.

As a blizzard rages outside, Holly and Tatiana are alone. With each passing hour, Tatiana’s mood darkens, and her behavior becomes increasingly frightening . . . until Holly finds she no longer recognizes her daughter.



There is a discussion between Holly and her daughter regarding contraception, and Holly reflects on her daughter's budding sexuality.


Very minor aggression.


I would define it as a whole lot of weirdness.



Alternative Lifestyle/LGBT:

Naughty Little Tidbits: Disturbing Behaviour


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Comments: Interesting concept, but lacking in the execution. The perpetual repetition was quite disconcerting while I was reading, but I better understood it's meaning once I arrived at the very last page. The author does a great job of getting the reader to question what is really going on, and it isn't quite clear until you read the very last page. It's a unique read centered around adoption, and the relationship between mothers and teenage daughters.

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