Christopher Golden brings us a horror book, which makes a chilly draft ominous in Snowblind. It has been a long time since I read a book which was as gripping and realistic as this. Golden entwines everyday caution with a sinister enemy which plays at everyone’s inner securities. The entire book is a chilling tale which entertained and thrilled.
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.
The ensemble cast is at the core of this story. Golden paints us a picture of many ordinary, yet interesting, lives all living in a small New England town. There’s the resteraunteur and the guitarist, the teacher and her boys, the drug addict mother and so many more. Where Golden truly excels is in weaving their lives together like a real community. We see the evolution of characters as terrible things happen to them and their loved ones and we get to even see where they are in twelve years. The one individual which stuck with me the most was one of the teacher’s sons who, twelve years later, is a twenty four year old man who must still battle the demons of his childhood.
There are few books which draw me right in and Snowblind was certainly one of them. Golden is a natural storyteller, making characters and readers alike question what is true and what isn’t. To describe my favorite parts of this story would give away much of the mystique, which only added to the great plot and interesting characters. All in all, I would whole heartedly recommend Snowblind as the perfect book to read on a cold blustery day. You’ll never know what your imagination will do with Golden’s guidance.