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 1,000 blizzards...but never one like this, where people wandered into the whiteout and vanished. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same.
Now, as a new storm approaches 12 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 12 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, Snowblind is a chilling masterpiece that is both Christopher Golden’s breakout book and a standout supernatural thriller.
©2014 Christopher Golden (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
While the story itself is interesting, the slang-heavy language just does not work. Characters react to everything that happens as if it is either the most dramatic event in history, or utterly mundane. There is also an unpleasant overuse of phrases like "Queen Bitch" that stick out and seem both unrealistic and somewhat misogynistic.
Golden needed to dial back the drama and add some actual character development.
Berkrot was just a terrible choice for this book, his particular reading style only served to emphasize the overwrought language.
I did find myself caring about the relationship between Ella and TJ, but that was about it.
YES! It is almost spring now, but next year in the middle of a blizzard I will be returning to this one.
The narrator did a great job.
I've heard this voice before, can't remember on what book, does a great job always.
This book just didn't do it for me. It came off more like a made-for-TV movie you'd see on the Lifetime network or something. I didn't find the story lines or situations to be especially suspenseful or scary. Relationships between the characters were stereotypical and trite. Too much of the book went on with the supernatural occurrences being treated as things that just happened, with no real exploration or back story.
The narration was passable, although some male narrators just don't sound right when they are voicing female characters. I think Peter is one of those narrators. It's probably the combination of the gruffness and the higher pitch he uses with these characters.
It was pretty good.
I enjoyed Ella. She was a strong character>
No, but it was good.
When the icemen took the little brother.
This was a good story for a snowy night. The idea of something hiding in the snow while people hibernate during a storm was very good since I listened to this during a decent snowfall.
I would recommend this to people who are able to suspend disbelief enough to imagine something might be out there!
Say something about yourself!
This is the second winter in a row that I have listened to Snowblind. I suspect I will again next year when we get to blizzard season. Spooky....and has great characters. It unfolds at a great pace, with twists and surprises throughout. The narrator is fantastic. This is one of my favorites.
Living in Northern NJ. Addicted to that spine-tingling rush of fear.
I'm a fan of the happy endings, but I don't like being deprived of having that "ah-ha" moment. Don't want to give it away, but I'm glad for the characters that made it, but scratched my head about the ones that didn't. Does that make sense??? Neither did some parts of this book.
I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.
This book was not 'too bad'. It kept my interest to some degree but I found it to be somewhat predictable. There was not real 'mystery' and I didn't find it that 'suspenseful'. To be honest I skipped some chapters toward the end because I could figure out what was going to happen. No real surprises. If you want something easy to listen to on a long trip I would suggest this story. It will not distract you from driving too much because it is an 'easy' listen.
This novel's strength is it's original storyline. It held my attention throughout...which is not easy to do... I'm a picky reader. Narration is solid and character-consistant. Horror fans will love the creepy winter overtones and how the storyline weaves in and out of the blizzard's path. The ending is unpredictable. The reader is satisfied, but definately feels that Golden is not finished with his story or it's charcters.
I love ghost stories set in the dead of winter. Just a perfect setting for a scary story.
This story has a great crescendo.
I think this would make a great movie. The narration was a bit overly intense, but not enough to distract me. Ghosts and monsters...a great combination wrapped up in a good exciting story.
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