New Release Review: Snowblind by Christopher Golden

(21) SnowblindSnowblind by Christopher Golden
Genre: Horror
Publication Date: January 21st 2014
ARC Provided by Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press

Synopsis from Goodreads: In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade–a work reminiscent of early Stephen King–Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age.

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.

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!

Rating: ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠  ☠ 

 

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