Thursday, February 13, 2014

Book Review | Snowblind by Christopher Golden


Snowblind is a stand alone horror novel from Christopher Golden.

Book Description

The small New England town of Coventry had weathered a thousand blizzards...but never one like this. Icy figures danced in the wind and gazed through children's windows with soul-chilling eyes. People wandered into the whiteout and were never seen again. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same.

Now, as a new storm approaches twelve years later, the folks of Coventry are haunted by the memories of that dreadful blizzard and those who were lost in the snow. Photographer Jake Schapiro mourns his little brother, Isaac, even as---tonight---another little boy is missing. Mechanic and part-time thief Doug Manning's life has been forever scarred by the mysterious death of his wife, Cherie, and now he’s starting over with another woman and more ambitious crimes. Police detective Joe Keenan has never been the same since that night, when he failed to save the life of a young boy . . . and the boy’s father vanished in the storm only feet away. And all the way on the other side of the country, Miri Ristani receives a phone call . . . from a man who died twelve years ago.

As old ghosts trickle back, this new storm will prove to be even more terrifying than the last.

I was highly anticipating reading Snowblind this year. I've been a fan of Christopher Golden for a long time, and it has been a while since he's released a new horror book. When I heard Snowblind was going to be released, I immediately placed it on my must read list.

I absolutely loved the ominous build up in the beginning of Snowblind. A blizzard is blowing in to a small town in New England, and something is waiting out in the snow. It reminded me of Stephen King's The Mist. You know some bad shit is happening, but you don't know exactly what is out there.

Once all of the foreboding came to a head and we started seeing the horrors of the blizzard, the timeline jumped ahead 12 years. The real story of Snowblind lies in what happened 12 years after the original events, but the jump in time forced the middle to lag for me. I spent most of Snowblind longing for the awesome that got left behind.

Even though the end of Snowblind didn't live up to the promise of the beginning, it was still a good snow thriller. If you are looking for a book to give you the snow creeps, Snowblind will definitely fit that bill. I'm glad I read it on one of the only almost snowy days we had here this winter. If I ever find myself out in real snow, this book is certain to be on my mind.

6/10: Good Read

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7 comments:

  1. Ah, snow creeps. I've come across quite a few of these of late. Kind of weird. I don't mind, though, because it's definitely my kind of thing! I'd hoped to get to this one this week but I'm not sure if that's going to happen. We'll see :)

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  2. I've really wanted to read this. I didn't realize the huge time jump might mean stuff from the original blizzard might be left behind. Being a Christopher Golden fan though I'll probably still read it.

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  3. Aw, sorry it was a bit of a let down. It does sound pretty creepy, though.

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  4. You got a new look! : ) Thanks for this great review. It's so hard to pick out the good from the great horror reads...and let's face it, there's so much to get through. The premise reminds me of the Stephen King story The Storm of the Century.

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  5. I was just going to say that this book reminds me of Storm of the Century by Stephen King, but Midnyte Reader beat me to it! I will have to see if my local library has a copy of this book. It sounds very interesting.

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  6. Ominous...foreboding...horror. These are all words I like hearing associated with a story like this, so this makes me pretty excited, even if you weren't as in love with it as you expected to be. I will have to remember this for next winter, I think. Thanks for the review, Jen.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  7. This was definitely the perfect winter read. I also enjoyed this but it didn't live up to my expectations. Great review!

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