I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Snowblind by Christopher Golden
Published by St. Martin's Press on January 21, 2014
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.
Twelve years ago a blizzard hit the small New England town of Coventry. A blizzard that brought far more danger than normal. The storm was alive with something dangerous and evil and anyone who dared walk into it never survived. Twelve years later there are people that still remain in Coventry that were affected by that storm and now a new storm is coming with the same dangers.
Blizzards. Ghosts. Supernatural Thriller. An amazing blurb from Stephen King. All reasons I was highly anticipating Snowblind. Unfortunately, this ended up being only passably mediocre but possessed some high points worth mentioning. The most skillful aspect of this novel was the chilling introduction that had me anticipating a sleepless night with the lights left on. Unfortunately, following the frightening intro came a long and drawn out and relatively dull middle. The story was chock-full of characters and each and every one of their back stories. I enjoyed reading about their connection to the storm from twelve years prior, but it was done in excess and with too many characters. They all sort of bled together after a point and it was hard to differentiate between all of them.
The crescendo was not steady and by the time the climax rolled around the thrilling angles didn’t produce the same effect as the introduction had. I also attribute that to the fact that the revelation of what the evils in the storm were wasn’t as eerie as I had expected. View Spoiler »It was basically icy Gremlins and while they were creepy it seemed almost corny at times. The ghost of Niko coming back didn’t help the corniness either. « Hide Spoiler
Snowblind perfectly captured the suffocating feel of a blizzard and was quite eerie at times. While it was an enjoyable and haunting tale, a surplus of characters detracted from the creepiness and the horror aspects just weren’t consistent enough to keep me fully spellbound.