Jenny Milchman’s Cover of Snow is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard.
Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide.
The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them.
Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for an explanation - but finds a bewildering resistance from Brendan’s best friend and partner, his fellow police officers, and his brittle mother. It quickly becomes clear to Nora that she is asking questions no one wants to answer. For beneath the soft cover of snow lies a powerful conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep its presence unknown…and its darkest secrets hidden.
©2013 Jenny Milchman (P)2013 Random House Audio
“Everything a great suspense novel should be - tense, emotional, mysterious, and satisfying... Let’s hope this is the start of a long career.” (Lee Child, #1 New York Times best-selling author of A Wanted Man)
“Terrifically suspenseful... Reading Cover of Snow feels like racing across a frozen lake: heart-pounding, exhilarating, frightening.” (Louise Penny, New York Times best-selling author of The Beautiful Mystery)
“A terrific debut.” (Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Seconds Away)
Weak and implausible plot. More description of snow than of any of the characters. I get it - it's snowing. Hyperbole describing the main character's reactions. "The thin hospital blanket a strangling force". Really? A strangling force?
Just a waste of time.
I struggled to get into this book. I found the characters lacked depth and the plot and dialogue improbable. The narrator read with an intensity that continued to annoy me to the end. I nearly gave up but thought I would give it a chance to redeem itself. It didn't. I just read Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin which was a great read, gripping me to the end. Made me realise in contrast just how much I disliked this book!
Despite some predictability and lots of improbablity Milchman knows how to crank up the suspense and keep you engrossed.
The sense of place. Cold. Snow. Gray. I wouldn't want to live there but I enjoyed reading about it. The creepiness of the place fit the plot.
Sit close by the fireplace.
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