Today we are wrapping up week 2 of The Winter People readalong. If you are just now joining us, be sure to check out our week 1 discussion and the full readalong schedule.
The Ladies of Horror Fiction team has come up with some discussion questions for this section, and we’d love to hear your thoughts as well!
1. Do you think Gertie was murdered? If so, who might have done it?
Lilyn: I don’t know if I think she was murdered or not. Is it murder if the murderer wasn’t in his right mind? She didn’t just fall down the well, no.
Jen: I’m not sure what to think at this point. I still have more questions than answers, but I’m open to theories!
Laurie: I’m still thinking Gertie’s dad did the deed. He was either possessed or confused but there is something fishy going on there.
Toni: I think that Gertie’s dad killed her. But why that is a whole other can of worms. I totally think that he was possessed.
Alex: I think the dad killed her BUT I don’t think we know the entire scene/story. Was he possessed? Did things take a turn and Sara begged him?
Cat: The particulars of Gertie’s death confuses me a great deal. I would like to point the finger at Martin, that in some way he was tricked into killing her, that maybe she was the fox he shot. However her body was removed from the well and buried, so my theory doesn’t make sense.
2. How did Gary end up with the bone ring that he gave Katherine. How does she tie into all of this?
Lilyn: No clue. Evil, like life, finds away?
Jen: I believe in last week’s section, Gary acquired it in an antique shop, but there are no coincidences, right? I’m anxious to see how everything pulls together.
Laurie: I don’t know. I need to know. I hope I find out soon because it’s driving me crazy.
Toni: I need to know. This is a part of the story that is driving me crazy. I personally think that he found it with with some old photos but I want to know why it had the power over him that it did.
Alex: This is one of the biggest mysteries to me and I really have no idea!
3. How do you think Gertie’s spirit was able to communicate with Mrs. Willard when Gertie has supposedly returned to her body?
Lilyn: Really good question. I think maybe resurrecting the body doesn’t resurrect the spirit. Maybe the body comes back but something evil fills it a la Pet Sematary? Sometimes dead is better.
Jen: I’m going to agree with Lilyn that Gertie’s spirit remains separate from her body.
Laurie: This confuses me. I’m wondering if Gertie’s “behind the door” persona is NOT Gertie. I’m guessing it is not.
Toni: Her behind the door persona is a changeling. It isn’t actually her so therefore she was able to communicate with Mrs. Willard.
Alex: I’m thinking there are “two” Gerties because or diff spirits/changelings/SOMETHING!
Cat: I have to agree that I don’t think Gertie’s spirit returned, but merely her body. As to what’s in her body, I don’t know, just something else.
4. Who is the lady with the cats eye glasses, do you think?
Lilyn: I honestly don’t remember her so…no clue.
Jen: There will definitely be more revealed about this woman from the bakery. At least there better be. Haha!
Laurie: Again, there are gaps here that I hope are filled in soon. The bakery memories and the cat’s eye glasses lady are definitely a part of this but my brain can’t piece it all together yet.
Toni: I think there is a dark secret that Ruthie isn’t aware of yet. The lady with the cats eye glasses is part of that secret. I want to know all the things now!! LOL
Alex: I have no clue who she could even be but she HAS to play a part in this story to be revealed. I can’t imagine that she wont be more involved.
Cat: I think it’s Ruthie’s biological mother, as it was heavily insinuated that the bakery played some role in her past. That, and being unable to find childhood pictures of herself, it just all adds up.
The dead never really leave us.
Ask him what he buried in the field.
…if you’d lost someone you love, wouldn’t you give almost anything to have the chance to see them again?
“The message your Gertie has for you is this,” Mrs. Willard said. “She says to tell you the blue dog says hello.”
Gertie dreams of a blue dog that takes her “to see a lady with tangled hair who lives inside an old hollow tree. She’s been dead a long time. She’s one of the winter people.”
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