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 love a good creepy tale and writer Christopher Golden has definitely delivered with his newest novel, Snowblind. Set in a small New England town on the brink of one of the biggest snowstorms in history, and again 12 years later in exactly the same situation, this book sent chills up and down my spine. Mysterious deaths and disappearances plague the town in the first snowstorm with the ghosts of those lost resurrected in the second. It’s all surreal and very scary.
One thing I’ve seen commented on a lot about this novel is the amount of characters in this book. Several people have marked it down as a weakness but I actually think the many, and very different, characters add depth to the story, not just making it a fright-fest but instead leaving the reader actually caring about the characters and storyline. It can be complicated to keep up with all the different people and their stories but it’s worth it.
This book isn’t an incredibly long read and I flew through it, anxiously awaiting the climax which kept building and building. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed.
Golden’s novel will give you chills and keep you on your toes. I know I was paranoid and checking the window every time the wind howled. It would have been even better if it had been snowing!
Thank you to the publishers and to NetGalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.