Snow Creek: An absolutely gripping mystery thriller

Snow Creek: An absolutely gripping mystery thriller

by Gregg Olsen

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Footprints were scattered about like fallen leaves. She looked down into the ravine, and once more her lungs filled with fear. A body, blackened and motionless lay splayed out in the bushes.

Detective Megan Carpenter is no stranger to evil. Escaping the horrors of her old life, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt her or those she loves ever again. Joining the small police force in Jefferson County’s Port Townsend, Megan is determined to get every victim of a crime the justice they deserve.

So when Ruth Turner walks into the Sheriff’s office claiming her sister Ida Watson has been missing for over a month, Megan’s instincts tell her that she needs to do more than just file a report.

Arriving at a secluded farmhouse in the hills above Snow Creek, she finds Ida’s teenage children alone and frightened.

Then a few days later, close to the Watsons’ home, the blackened body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned pickup truck.

Megan must unravel the disturbing secrets of the isolated Snow Creek community if she is to catch the killer.

But Megan has dark secrets of her own too…

Hidden in the back of her closet is a box of tapes containing every single recording of her therapy sessions with Doctor Albright over thirteen years ago. As Megan begins to play the tapes, she’s taken straight back to her terrifying childhood, back to the time she was a kid called Rylee, fighting to survive.

Can Megan finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out and will listening to her own painful story help her solve the complex case she is now entangled in?

From the Number One New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author, comes an absolutely heart-stopping and completely unputdownable crime series, introducing Detective Megan Carpenter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781838881702
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication date: 11/18/2019
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,494
File size: 706 KB

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Snow Creek: An absolutely gripping mystery thriller 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
lsmoore_43 6 days ago
WOW!! OMG!! What a story. This book takes you on a path that you won’t soon forget. The twists and turns are so well done. Just when I think I have things all figured out another twist hits. The only thing I did get was who actually did the killing. I thought I had it then a total surprise hit. One you won’t see coming. Then when I thought I had it another hits. I love a book that takes me on such a wild and twisting ride. I felt like I was in the woods in the mountains of Washington where this story takes place. I felt so bad for the Wheaton children. Their mother and father are missing. Have been missing for a while and they have no idea what is going on. They are not where they said they were going. Megan Carpenter is the detective on the case of the missing parents. Ida Wheaton’s sister reported them missing then went back to her hometown in Idaho. Now this story is full of week women with very dominating husbands and they are a bit on the fanatical religious side. Ruth Turner, Ida’s sister tells the detective that she is to only call her husband’s phone if she absolutely has too. Talk about dominating but good grief.. This is about her sister going missing. There is also the strange neighbors that live on the somewhat isolated mountain. No one wants to be bothered and they are not a friendly bunch. There is a crazy cat woman that lives next door to the Wheatons and the two women who moved way out here to be left alone in their marriage. People just don’t want to be dragged into each other’s business. Though before it’s over some very bad things will come to light here. While all of this is going on we also learn a great deal about Megan Carpenter’s life before she came here. She has been through so much already and dealing with that is enough to make you cringe. You’ll read about the things she went through, found out and did. How she survived some pretty messed up things in her life. Her time with a shrink that helped her a lot. She listens to the tapes the Dr made for her. They sure tell a story of their own too. It’s kind of like reading two books in one and done so well. I never lost a thing with this. It made the story even better. It would not be what it is without everything that happens. I throughly enjoyed this book. Most all the characters are very likable. Even the crazy ones. Even the killers are somewhat likable. This book is a very good one. I can’t wait for the nest one. I know it will be great and I’ll find out what exactly happened in Megan’s life that she had to fight so hard to overcome. She’s one strong female and you will like her. This is my first book by Gregg Olsen and will by no means be my last. I loved it. I didn’t want to put it down for anything. Trust me it is a very good pager turner that will have you guessing and second guessing. Thank you to #NetGalley, #GreggOlsen and #Bookouture for this ARC. This is my own review. It’s a big 4 stars. Make that 4.5 stars and a high recommendation to anyone that likes a good mystery/thriller series.
JM Free Kicks Fiction 7 days ago
What a twisted read this was. Most of the story seemed to be straightforward crime, but about 2/3 of the way through, things took an odd turn that made me question everything I had read before. The author did a great job of keeping me guessing and laid out just enough bits of information to keep me turning pages quickly. I also liked how the story sets up the next in the series. For a full review, please visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks Fiction Reviews. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for a digital ARC of the book.
jltrhines 12 days ago
I was grabbed from the beginning. Megan is a complex character. The setting is unique. The mystery is complicated and full of suspense. There were several shocking twists that left me stunned. I enjoyed the author's style so much I went looking for more of his work. I stumbled across the Vengeance series which focuses on Megan's life as Rylee. I am delving into these next. We get glimpses of the story from the tapes in this one. I am curious to see how the author will add to the previous books in this new series. There is a riveting cliffhanger ending that left me anxious for the next book. I can't wait to see what happens next to Megan. This is quickly becoming a must read author for me.
Jacquelines62 14 days ago
This is the first book in a new series by Gregg Olsen introducing Detective Megan Carpenter. I have read a few books by this author so was looking forward to seeing a new series. The story is set in and around Port Townsend and Snow Creek, Washington. Ida Watson was reported missing by her sister, her children tell Detective Megan Carpenter that their mum and dad had gone to do some charity work in Mexico a few weeks ago. But when Megan investigates it seems that they never arrived. Megan has secrets she is still dealing with from her childhood, she had a different name. Now she has to deal with a murder after a body is found of a woman that had been reported missing by her sister. Can Megan cope with her memories and still solve this murder? I liked Megan, she is intelligent, good at her job and damaged, her character comes across well, she is believable and relatable, likewise with the other characters they all seem to be well rounded, thought out and the relationships all work. Which is a great start when you are bringing characters in for a new series. It seems the people that pick to live above Snow Creek, Washington do so because they want to live off the grid, they want seclusion, some of the residents have secrets. The plot is fast paced and engrossing, developing a picture of Snow Creek both as a place but also of the people. I liked that it’s not just the one main storyline, the plot is complex. What I enjoyed is that questions are left unanswered at the end of this book leaving you wanting more, so anything not tied up in this book will carry over. Let’s hope we don’t have too long to wait for the second book in the series. A great start to what promises to be another good series to follow. I would like to thank #netgalley and #Bookouture for an ecopy of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.
Rhonda-Runner1 17 days ago
OMG, I have another favorite detective to follow and love! This is a very suspenseful police procedural featuring Detective Megan Carpenter as she tries to solve a murder while dealing with issues from her own past. There are several different story lines going on that are pretty much tied together in the end. I look forward to the next Detective Megan Carpenter adventure because I really enjoyed this one.
labmom55 19 days ago
3.5 stars, rounded up It’s always fun to get in on the ground floor of a new series. Therefore, thanks to netgalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of this book. Megan Carpenter is a detective in Port Townsend, Washington. One morning, a woman walks into the Sheriff’s office claiming her sister is missing. A trip to the sister’s home finds the woman’s two teenagers but neither parent. The next day, two young people find a burned out pickup truck with a blackened body of a woman in the back. The story is a lot more convoluted than my brief outline. Megan has a dark past, complete with a name change and lots of therapy. In alternating chapters, Megan looks back at her own youth and what caused the split with her younger brother. There are a lot of moving parts in this book and it keeps the reader on their toes. I was confident I knew the truth about the current day murder. But i was in a right church, wrong pew kind of way. And I never saw the many weird twists Olsen created. This is a fast paced book and it’s entertaining. But I can’t say the ending totally worked. There were a few leaps of faith needed. The book ends with a big cliffhanger, so I have to assume there will be a second in the series.
BooksnKisses 19 days ago
REVIEW PROVIDED BY: Kelly NUMBER OF HEARTS: 3 3/4 Snow Creek is the first book in the Detective Megan Carpenter Tapes series and my first book by Gregg Olson. I enjoyed this book. There are a lot of twists and turns that had me guessing until the end. Throughout the novel we learn snippets of Megan’s life before she became a Detective. But there are still so many questions unanswered. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series to find out more about Megan. If you like a good suspense book you need to pick up a copy of Snow Creek. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
RobinLovesReading 20 days ago
Detective Megan Carpenter takes a special interest in her new case. A woman, acting very strangely and very reserved, reports her sister, Ruth Turner, missing. Megan goes to the woman's home and is met by the Ruth's teen children. They are are terrified, and Megan discovers that both parents are actually missing, and have been gone for several weeks. The family lives off the grid and the parents' disappearances raises several concerns for Megan. For starters, Megan sees similarities to her own broken past. While searching for the parents, at the end of each day, Megan painfully listens to tapes from therapy sessions that helped her to recover from very tragic experiences. Megan soon learns that there is much more than meets the eye with the disappearance of the parents. Meanwhile, there is another couple that also live off grid, and one of them has taken some very serious steps to protect her own. Megan must tie all of these things together. Snow Creek is the first book in the Detective Megan Carpenter series. The way this book is written, readers get to see how Megan survived a horrid past and how she showed her resilience and became the strong woman she is now. This compelling story was impossible to put down. The twists and turns were many and the conclusion was truly hair-raising. I cannot wait to see what else this series has in store. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
FaizaNazim 20 days ago
Not bad for a first book of the series. The case itself is compelling enough to arouse curiosity, and turn page after page dying to know who, why and how. It is the detective’s own case to have a weak reflection upon the most important point of her life. I could not feel the great significance of it despite it being solely built for the entire series. Which is a pretty big deal in order to support Detective Carpenter in the next book. Aside from it, Snow Creek has all there is to have in a crime fiction- suspense, confusion, cold-blooded murders, mystery etc. The characters of Snow Creek display the kinds of people living in this world with a mask of their own; some with corrupt history, some with wicked history and some with history of confidentiality best left alone. I would recommend it to all the readers who love crime fiction with a hint of psychological thriller! I hope that the next book would turn Carpenter’s personal life with a solid narration, enough to leave us with a reader’s block. Thanks so much to Gregg Olsen and Bookouture for this advanced digital review copy, would love to read more from the writer!
Jeannie3doxie 20 days ago
Oh my! This is an EXCELLENT book! Mysteries galore! This is a first Gregg Olsen book for me but it will not be the last! I have already purchased 3 more of his wonderful books. The book held my attention all the way through, no slow spots at all. The ending wrapped up very nice leaving a nice cliff hanger for Book 2, I can't wait! Thank you very much, Gregg Olsen, for your Publisher, and Netgalley for allowing me to read and review this great book!
Owl_Books 20 days ago
After reading the 1st couple of chapters, I wasn't quite sure where it was going. There were several different story lines going on and the connection hadn't been made yet. After getting through more of the book, I realized that a few of the story lines were just for setting, location, and character development. With that being said, once I got into it ... I have to say I enjoyed it. Not a wow factor but definitely a series I will continue to read. I look forward to seeing how Megan develops and learning more about her past and how it will impact her future. 3.5/5 Thank you #netgalley and #bookouture for the eARC.
paytonpuppy 20 days ago
Detective Megan Carpenter, with the Port Townsend Police Department, continues to deal with the tragic events of her past. When Megan takes a report from the sister of a missing couple, she finds that the couple never arrived at their destination. Arriving at the home, she finds their older children living by themselves. Searching the area, she locates a pickup truck that has gone down in to a ravine. If this is the missing couple, why is there only one body found in the truck? When it looks as if the woman was killed prior to the crash, Megan now has a homicide investigation with no witnesses and no evidence. The author explains the various unique characters and their lives so that this complex story is easier to follow. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
a_hartman 20 days ago
Snow Creek, by Gregg Olsen, is an opening to a fresh new series surrounding Washington detective, Megan Carpenter. With some serious baggage and a past she'd love to put behind her, Megan works in close contact with Sheriff Gray, who is one of her few friends. When a woman reports her off-the-grid sister missing from the hills above Snow Creek, Megan agrees to help. What she finds over the course of her investigation is much more than she bargained for with many twists and turns along the way that will certainly keep the reader up past his/her bedtime. I cannot wait for the second book in this series to see where Mr. Olsen takes Megan, along with providing a deeper glimpse to her past! Must read!
lynguy1 20 days ago
SNOW CREEK by Gregg Olsen is the first book in a new series featuring Detective Megan Carpenter and largely set in and around Port Townsend and Snow Creek, Washington. The novel is a police procedural with a lot of suspense. The story begins with an interesting hook and never lets up. Then Ruth Turner meets with Detective Megan Carpenter and claims her sister has been missing for over a month. Megan believes that an investigation is warranted and finds Ida’s teenage children alone and worried in their secluded farmhouse above Snow Creek. When a body is found a few days later, Megan works to identify and catch the killer. But more is going on that meets the initial eye. Additionally, Megan is still coping with secrets from her childhood when she had a different name. Can she cope with her memories and still solve a murder? The characters are compelling as well as memorable and Megan is definitely someone you can cheer for. Her character feels real and three-dimensional. She is likeable and relatable. The secondary characters are well-rounded and the relationships are believable. This book is fast faced and I did not want to stop reading it even when it was very late and I needed to sleep. The author does a great job of worldbuilding and gives the reader a vivid sense of the place and people of Snow Creek. The plot is complex with several different story lines. The main plot as well as many of the auxiliary story lines are wrapped up with some twists and shocks. However, there are a few open items that will likely play into future books in the series. This is the only book that I have read by this author but I am looking forward to the next book in the series. What a great start to a new series. It is fresh and unique. I believe those readers that enjoy crime fiction and police procedurals with a little something extra will enjoy this book. Many thanks to Bookouture and Gregg Olsen for a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 21 days ago
Snow Creek is a fast paced mystery with false leads and switchbacks and a terrific tale to tell. Our heroine Detective Megan Carpenter is a complicated woman battling the demons from her past which make her uniquely qualified to see through the lies and obfuscations. For a great puzzle read Snow Creek.
booklover- 21 days ago
Detective Megan Carpenter has recently joined a small police department. it's a quiet town with little crime. When a woman walks into the Sheriff's department to report her sister has been missing for a month, Megan instantly starts to investigate. Finding two teenage children alone, they tell her their parents had left to travel a couple of weeks. Megan finds the children a bit bedraggled, but worried. As worried as they are, Megan suspects something else is going on ... Days later, close to the home she had just visited, an abandoned pickup truck was found, burned out, with a woman's dead body in the back. Is this the body of the children's mother? If so, where is the father? Is he victim ... or a murderer? Megan is determined to get every victim of a crime the justice they deserve. This is a slow-burning mystery/crime with unique characters ... most of whom are living off the grid and want nothing to do with any of the locals ...especially the police. They all seem to have secrets and there are twists And turns at every corner. This is a real page turner! Megan is especially unique. Her history is told in a series of audiotapes recorded by a therapist she was seeing years ago. As Megan begins to play the tapes, she’s taken straight back to her terrifying childhood, back to the time she was a kid called Rylee, fighting to survive. BOOK BLURB -- Can Megan finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out and will listening to her own painful story help her solve the complex case she is now entangled in? ALERT : While there is a conclusion, there is also a big cliff hanger leading to the next book in this series. I do not normally like cliffhangers ... but I'm looking forward to reading this one. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the digital copy of this police procedural. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Tracy34 21 days ago
Megan Carpenter is a detective in a very small sheriff's office in Port Townsend where she spends most of her time investigating domestic crimes including a missing dog! So when a woman travels across country to report her sister missing it seems only slightly different from what Megan's used to until she begins to look a little closer. Snow Creek is a beautiful but isolated location where no cell phone reception and very little community spirit are the accepted norm amongst those living off grid in the area. It was where Ida Watson, her husband and children called home until she disappeared. Gradually Megan begins to unravel the confusion surrounding Ida's last know movements and then a body is found. This is a deceptively simple book, at least to start with. Seen from various points of view the way of life in Snow Creek is interspersed with the first person account of Megan's investigation and personal life as she begins to see parallels with her own past. It is to Mr Olsen's credit that there doesn't ever seem to be a noticeable increase of tension but it is there nonetheless and as everything begins to come together the killer's identity is revealed as just one in a series of shocks some of which I have no doubt will be taken on into the second book in this excellent new series. Not least of these is the past Megan keeps hidden away from all but a trusted few, the little revealed so far hint at worse to come and I for one can't wait to find out more. I was able to read an advanced copy of this book thanks to NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an unbiased review and would recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys first class crime writing from an ever improving author. This book delivers on all levels.