Friday, June 27, 2014

Review: Snowblind by Christopher Golden

Snowblind by Christopher Golden raised many emotions as I read the book, which is what the best writing does. For example, I experienced tenderness reading as new love bloomed and as parents loved their children. And then anguish and despair as people lost loved ones. On the surface it is a monster story with creatures of severe icy winter storms ready to attack people who see them. But it is also a story of how the survivors handle the loss of their friends and relatives, and how they handle it when another storm of epic proportions sweeps in again 12 years later.

From Goodreads:
"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."

The characters are well written. It's interesting to see how 12 yrs changes them and in some cases surviving the loss of someone else changes them as well. There are both good and bad characters and kids as well as adults. I found myself chilled by the story's happenings as I read. It might as well have been a fall or winter day instead of summer. There is a lot I would like to say, but it would end up being full of spoilers. The plot moves along well. It gets faster as the storm progresses. I was impressed with the job that Christopher Golden did with this novel. Stephen King must have been as well since he gave him a blurb for the book. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars for excellence in writing a horror story with a different view of snow storms and the creatures that might dwell therein.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


  1. This sounds awesome, seeing it coming back again so long after!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. Thanks for coming by! It really is a pretty awesome book.