Review: Snowblind by Christopher Golden

Title: Snowblind

Author: Christopher Golden

Published: St Martin’s Press January 2014

Read an Excerpt

Status: Read from January 17 to 18, 2014 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

In the midst of a raging blizzard, more than a dozen people in the small New England town of Coventry lose their lives. A young boy falls from a window, a teen is electrocuted while sledding and others simply wandered into the snow, their bodies discovered only after the storm passed, though some are never found at all. Twelve years later another blizzard approaches the town and with it comes the memories of that dark time..and something else.

Despite the heatwave my town is currently enduring, I experienced chills running down my spine as I read Snowblind. This supernatural horror is a slow building psychological thriller, that builds on feelings of unease and dread until it culminates in a fierce life or death battle. The book begins with the deaths in the first storm, hinting at a sinister force, before jumping ahead twelve years as another major storm descends on the town. Here Golden explores the consequences of the previous blizzard for the family and friends who survived before revealing their terrifying fates.

The cast is large and varied, though intrinsically connected by their experiences and losses in the first storm. I found it fairly easy to track them as Golden reveals each character, their fears, their flaws and their desires. They mostly typify small town residents, ordinary people caught up in an extraordinary event. In particular focus is Jake, a photographer, whose youngest brother died in the last storm, and Detective Keenan, who has since felt he failed his community. Both witnessed something during the storm that they have tried hard to forget and now are confronted with something they can’t hope to understand.

This came close to a five star read for me except that Golden fell into the trap of trying to explain the inexplicable which blunts the mystique, and quite frankly, once all is said and done, why would the characters not immediately be thinking of relocating to somewhere, anywhere, it doesn’t snow, ever?

Still, if your city is currently in the grip of a snowstorm I would recommend caution before reading Snowblind, you may never listen to the howl of the wind or watch the snow fall without apprehension again. This is a gripping chiller.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lily Malone
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 18:22:02

    I think this sounds like my kind of book Shelleyrae. Thanks for the review!



  2. maryellenpallow
    Jan 21, 2014 @ 21:02:45

    Great review. This book is on my radar. Thanks!



  3. Lisa
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 02:23:19

    Great review, and I agree! I found Snowblind so creepy and chilling — right up until the end, when I felt that the explanation wasn’t as scary as the events themselves. Still, I enjoyed it very much, and was glad that I read it with the sun shining!



  4. katebellex
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 12:52:13

    Thanks for this (and other) review Shellyrae. This sort of thing isn’t my cup of team but your review makes me want to read it. Sounds great.



  5. kathrynsinbox
    Jan 22, 2014 @ 20:32:08

    Wow, this one sounds quite creepy …



  6. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jan 23, 2014 @ 22:35:38

    This sounds like a great read Shelleyrae. Perfect read for our hot Aussie summer 🙂



  7. writenote1
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 11:39:21

    I agree – sounds like a creepy chiller and since it’s heating up here, it’d be perfect right now.



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