Parents need to know that Winterwood, like author Shea Ernshaw's debut The Wicked Deep, is an angst-filled, ominous tale of teens in love, at the mercy of mysterious forces and struggling to find their path. Pacific Northwest Gothic creepiness abounds, including a supernatural forest, a bottomless lake, generations of witches living by its side, and a camp for wayward boys. Everyone is trapped there for weeks with no power or phone service in the wake of a storm, in which a boy has disappeared and is presumed dead. One of the characters has very likely killed him, but some have lost their memory and others aren't talking. Typically for the genre, much of the plot involves drunk, partying teens with cruel, stupid, bullying behavior, who also throw around a lot of strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "pissed," "a--hole") and trash the houses of absent owners after breaking in. Against this, the two teen narrators -- 17-year-old Nora, youngest member of the witch (or so they say) family, and Oliver, the mysterious boy she finds unconscious in the woods -- are trying to do the right thing, help each other, stay out of harm's way, and prevent catastrophe.