When I was reading Mind of Winter, I thought I had figured out what was happening every couple pages. Author Laura Kasischke tells the story of mother Holly and daughter Tatiana stuck at home on Christmas day during an unexpected blizzard. Holly and husband Eric had been planning a big holiday party, but of course everyone has had to cancel at the last minute because of the weather. Eric had already left in the morning before the weather got bad to pick up his parents at the airport, and although he’s just a cell phone call away, he hates talking on a cell. He says he longs for the days of landlines when a phone actually worked all the time, and your calls weren’t constantly breaking up or being dropped. He has no interest in carrying around a tiny computer like a smart phone. Holly doesn’t want to hear his complaints so she tries never to call him. Daughter Tatiana was adopted from a Russian orphanage when she was a baby, and she is now a surly teenager. Holly seems obsessed with her daughter and clearly wants to be best friends with her instead of being her mom. At times, Holly is so annoying you’re actually rooting for Tatiana to be verbally nasty to her mom because she’s so irritating. At other times, you do feel sorry for Holly, especially because she keeps remembering waking up that morning to the thought that “something had followed them home from Russia.” This entire book is just one day, and it’s hard to figure out whether Holly is crazy, hallucinating, or Tatiana is truly evil. The ending will shock you.