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 17910096modern 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. – Goodreads.com

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.  Snowblind is scheduled to be published January 21, 2014.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

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6 thoughts on “Snowblind by Christopher Golden

  1. Wow, you had me at this, “The setting itself was really more like a character in this book.” I think more writers need to think about setting as an actual character in their writing (me included).

    This also seems really good (if you can’t tell I am catching up on some blog reading today, lol).

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