Book: Wintertide - A Novel by Debra Doxercategories: Book, General Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult, Mystery, Cape Cod, Killings, Suspense Thriller
Debra Doxerabout this book: The writing of Wintertide has been a ten year process. I've written and rewritten it. I've put it away for long periods of time, but this story does not want to go away quietly.
The inspiration for Wintertide came from a couple of places. Winter on Cape Cod was the major source. My parents have had a house on the Cape for some time and my whole family enjoys driving there to spend summer weekends on the beach. But when winter arrives, the Cape becomes a very different place. With the fair weather visitors gone, it turns eerily quiet. Many restaurants are only open during the summer months and then close in the fall. Often times, stores can't survive once the summer people have gone, and they are forced close their doors when the cold arrives. The seasonal contrast is stark once winter delivers its endless string of wind-whipped, overcast days. When the warm weather leaves the Cape, it takes the spirit of the place with it.
Inspiration also arrived in the form of newscasts I've heard while on Cape Cod during the winter. There have been some horrifying crimes and killings over the years. Put these elements together and discard what you think you know about the Cape, and Wintertide begins to take form.
The main character in the story, Daniel Hiller, is a product of this contrasting environment. When he reluctantly returns home from college for the holiday break, he immediately remembers why he always wanted to leave. On a fateful night out with friends he hasn't seen in over a year, he is shocked to witness one friend kill someone. When Daniel's silence is demanded, he wants nothing more than to run and leave the Cape again. As the police investigation of the killing begins, secrets and old resentments are revealed. Daniel begins to understand that his old friends won't allow him to just walk away when school resumes. But those friends don't realize just how far Daniel is willing to go in order to sever his ties to them and to Cape Cod.
I hope readers enjoy Wintertide. Along with the story, I wanted to create the atmosphere of Daniel's life. I wanted readers to understand his mindset and to commiserate with him even if they disagreed with his decisions. I would also suggest that readers have a warm sweater on hand.
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