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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Chilling Horror!

As if the dangers of a winter blizzard aren’t enough, the residents of a small New England town are faced with an unexplained, chilling evil that tore families apart when many loved ones wandered off into the cold and frigid storm, never to be seen again. That was a doz...
As if the dangers of a winter blizzard aren’t enough, the residents of a small New England town are faced with an unexplained, chilling evil that tore families apart when many loved ones wandered off into the cold and frigid storm, never to be seen again. That was a dozen years before and the scars of that night are still angry and raw. Did one young boy really see what happened or was it his imagination? Another blizzard is on its way and threatens the hearts, minds and memories of that one so long ago. Will history repeat itself? Will evil re-visit Coventry or will help arrive from the restless spirits of loved ones long gone?

Snowblind by Christopher Golden is classic thriller/mystery/horror in its telling! Chaotic, dark and ominous, the tangled web of past and present collide in a chilling tale of the unimaginable. Will that little boy who “saw” what happened finally be vindicated and believed? Will the town come together to take a stand or will unlikely non-believers risk their lives and their very souls in a battle to take back their town, and free the spirits of those lost long ago? Will the victory be absolute?

Christopher Golden spares no detail when creating his world. It is chilling, dark and feels completely unsettled, much like many of the characters involved. If you enjoy intense details, enjoy the feel of the freezing wind and snow on your face, the connection to the torment each character has faced, Snowblind will bring it to you, with its slow, but jagged build up to the finale that isn’t necessarily pretty, but does open that mental trap door to dark meanderings.


I received an ARC edition from St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review.

posted by DiiMI on January 12, 2014

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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Snowblind was an incredibly hard book to get into. I spent the

Snowblind was an incredibly hard book to get into. I spent the first three quarters of the book wishing for it to end. The pacing is so slow and arduous that you wondered whether the author had actually read the book before putting out there. Snowblind is one of thos...
Snowblind was an incredibly hard book to get into. I spent the first three quarters of the book wishing for it to end. The pacing is so slow and arduous that you wondered whether the author had actually read the book before putting out there. Snowblind is one of those old school Stephen King/Dean Koontz sorts of stories. Which means that it characterizes each and every character in the book to the point where by the climax you should be completely in love with them or at least that these could be real people in an unreal situation. The problem with that is when a couple of the characters that should ACTUALLY be the main characters are not given their due in favor of having a kind of balance between all of the characters. Joe Keenan and Jake are obviously the main characters of the book. But they are given no more “screen time” than anyone else. Which by the end, you kind of feel cheated. That the author essentially throws characters away that he’s built up even though he hasn’t built anyone else up enough to sufficiently take their place. This isn’t about the author killing off my favorite characters, honestly I didn’t really care all that much. It was more about the promises of the story not necessarily being fulfilled by the end.

Having said all that the last 25% of the book was excellent and kept me reading. But if I wasn’t reading this book for review I would have never made it that far. This is a problem, most readers are just going to get to around 30-40% of this book and be so defeated by the lack of interesting things going on that they will simply put the book down and tell people how bad it is. I think a lot of editors think that as long as the book has a strong start, it will keep people reading. Well, the first 25% of the book was pretty descent until it stops abruptly and we fast forward into at least 100 pages of dull storytelling. So basically what I’m saying is that half this book is good and the other half is terrible. The book is too long, but the good parts are, well… Good.

Based on the quality of the story as a whole, I would like to recommend this book. But considering all the reader has to sit through to get there. I just can’t…

posted by TimothyRook on January 30, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Golden has a smooth writing style.He is no amateur writer.This i

    Golden has a smooth writing style.He is no amateur writer.This is what I look for in a action,adventure or horror novel these days.
    Its hard to find good writers.
    And intelligent writers.Golden is my latest find.I put him with Dan Simmons for writing ability
    although their styles are not at all alike.While Simmons is an artist and a master of prose,
    Golden is a master story teller..a master of seamlessly integrating the reader into the story.I reserve five stars
    for works of art-literature-,and while this isn't fine art,it is exceptional story telling! I hope to read all of Golden's novels.I highly
     recommend Snowblind.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    A treacherous blizzard, loss of power, dark houses - and there's

    A treacherous blizzard, loss of power, dark houses - and there's something outside. I really liked this book - it pulled me in right away and although it's being marketed as a horror novel, I'd classify it more as mild horror, more supernatural.

    The setting itself was really more like a character in this book - a small New England town that has seen more than its share of blizzards. The supernatural part of this book can't occur without the snowstorms and that's what makes it so chilling - the town remembers what happened twelve years ago and when a major snowstorm is predicted again, they know what's coming and have no choice but to hunker down and hope they come through it alive.

    Within this small town are many characters that were introduced early into the story. While they were all interesting with their backstories and issues, I had a little trouble keeping them straight at times, especially a couple of female characters.

    Although this was a supernatural/horror story, part of it was about second chances and what you choose to do with that gift - don't want to give any spoilers. I haven't read anything else by this author, but I plan to and would definitely recommend this book to horror/supernatural and suspense lovers.
    This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through Netgalley.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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