Snowblind

Snowblind

by Christopher Golden
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Snowblind by Christopher Golden

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.

Spellbinding in scope and rooted deeply in classic storytelling, Christopher Golden has written a chilling masterpiece that is the best work of his career and a standout supernatural thriller. With richly textured characters, scarred and haunted by the ghosts of those they loved most, Snowblind is rooted deeply in classic storytelling. Christopher Golden has written a chilling masterpiece that is both his breakout book and a standout supernatural thriller.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250015310
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.67(w) x 9.42(h) x 1.21(d)

About the Author

CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world.

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Snowblind 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Kathy23 More than 1 year ago
Snowblind is a fast read and keeps your interest all the way through. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the start on this story, no clue where it was heading. It was a great read!! Hope author has another book waiting in the wings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every word and wouldnt a sequal. It was fast paced and entertaining. Romace, action, paranormal activity... loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This wasnt the worst book nor the best book. It was interesting, and kept me reading. I actually liked most of the characters and didnt find them confusing at all. This book is not scary, not horror, and not really even atmospheric. At best it was a pretty good story that only cost me $2.50. I can live with that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A ghost story w/an interesting twist. Slowed down a bit in the middle, but otherwise worth the read. 3.5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was really good and the writer did a good job of making the stroy believeable. Enough so that i will be afraid to go outside in a snowstorm!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise of this story is great, and parts of it are really well done. My main problem with the book is character development and dialog. The author would have been better off cutting back on the number of characters and better fleshing out the ones that were left. I could have lived with that and still found the book good except for the dialog. Dialog between characters is often awkward, unnecessary and downright silly. The writer would benefit greatly from an experienced editor. I think in the future he may be worth the effort, but he needs to tighten it up. I gave this 3 stars because it does have it's moments, but it is no where NEAR a Dan Simmons or Stephen King as some other reviews have stated.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
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.
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Really disliked it. Trite and overdone.u
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OyWithThePoodlesAlready More than 1 year ago
Christopher Golden never disappoints! 'Nuff said! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning was good. I just wasn't satisfied with the climax.
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Caught my attention but had somewhat of slow pace. Had to read it in parts. I would recommend buying it.
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TimothyRook More than 1 year ago
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…