This was the strangest book I have read in a long time. I'm still not one hundred percent sure I understood the whole thing. I expected it to be a lot scarier and while there were creepy parts, it really wasn't scary at all. It was just really weird! I feel like I'm still trying to process what happened. I will say that it was well-written and was a quite the page turner; it just ended very strangely and I didn't feel like I had all my questions answered. I'm giving this 3 stars as a neutral rating because I can't decide if I liked or disliked this book.
I'll start by saying that I didn't dislike this book but I was disappointed in it. It seemed like there was a lot of hype surrounding it and I just thought it fell flat. The story did suck me in and keep me interested but most of the characters were not likable at all so it was hard to relate to anyone or feel sympathetic to them. Also, throughout the whole story, I knew there was going to be a big twist at the end and when it was revealed, it made me really mad. I really couldn't believe that was the direction the story took and it made dislike one of the characters even more. 3 stars.
I really love reading about Russian history! One Night in Winter is set in Stalinist Russia at the very end of World War II. It's an interesting look at the world of the elites in Russia at that time and showed how, no matter where you stood in the hierarchy, you could be brought down by the Stalinist machine. There was a beautiful romance as well as a lot of heartache. I knew this book wouldn't have the happiest of endings but it was still a really good book. 4 stars.