Snowblind by Christopher Golden
Publication Date: January 21st 2014
ARC Provided by Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press
Christal’s Review – 3 Skulls – B-
Christopher Golden’s Snowblind is a hard book to review. One on hand, the imagery and prose were beautiful and he created some very fascinating characters. On the other hand, I just didn’t think this book was scary… a bit eerie and thrilling, but not scary. I was actually a little disappointed in the explanation of the storm entities. I think I would classify this more as a small-town set paranormal suspense rather than an out-and-out horror.
I absolutely loved the characters in Snowblind. Mr. Golden created an entire town within this book and gave us a very diverse cast of characters. My favorites were probably TJ, Ella, and their daughter Grace, but I also loved Miri and Jake. I also loved Cheri, even though we didn’t get to spend a lot of time with her, and her situation was so sad. Joe Keenan was a haunted and sympathetic character while you wanted to feel bad for Doug, but he made it really hard to sometimes. Everyone had their own back story and reason for being in Coventry. They all fit together and felt like they lived in the same world. Each and every one lived with the terror of the storms, but no two had the exact same experience.
The beginning of the book starts with a storm 12 years earlier. I have to say these opening chapters of Snowblind were probably the most intense and the closest to “scary.” We’re first introduced to the storm spirits here, but it won’t be until later that we learn more about them. When the second storm hits, it felt like there was almost too much explanation behind the spirits and it demystified them. They didn’t seem as scary anymore, though I still felt bad for all the characters in their path.
Christopher Golden has a real gift with words and I find his writings to starkly beautiful. He has a nice cadence to his narrations and he kept this story moving at a brisk pace. I found this to be an engaging and tense read, if not quite scary, and would recommend it. This definitely has an early Stephen King feel to it and should be enjoyed by his fans. While not a true horror story, give Snowblind a shot the next you are in the mood for an eerie, suspenseful read.
Thank you to Edelweiss and Dutton Adult for providing an ARC copy of this book!
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