Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

SNOWBLIND by Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden Snowblind

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I love the old ghost stories that manage to sweep you away to a menacing world where death may lie around any corner, where things wait to spring out on you, and where there’s a mystery central to the supernatural manifestations that take place. I think a lot of horrors readers like the same thing.

Christopher Golden delivers most of that in his new novel, Snowblind. Golden knows horror, and his familiarity with the genre reaches back a good long while to the Stephen King novels that first caught horror fandom’s attention.

Snowblind is a riff on those oldie but goodie horror novels that King used to do and sometimes still delivers. The book has a large cast of characters and multiple plots that all dovetail in the overall storyline, but those stories eclipse, to a degree, the horror that comes in during blizzards that hit Coventry, Massachusetts.

The characters are well delineated, and their problems are all easily understood. TJ and Ella fell in love during the first blizzard that strikes in these pages, but twelve years later, their marriage is on the rocks. Most of that appears to stem from the economy and external stressors, which everyone these days can understand, but I’m not certain that I totally bought the collapsing marriage because they seemed to get along well throughout.

Doug Manning was a curveball. When he first appears on the pages, he’s something of misfit, standing up for himself at what seems to be the wrong time and not wanting to face his wife after losing his job. During the first blizzard, he also loses his wife, Cherie. When he steps back onto the stage later, he’s on the verge of becoming a criminal.

Jake Schapiro lost his little brother Isaac in the first blizzard and has turned into a photographer, only able to achieve solace when peering through the lens of his camera. He also shoots crime scenes on the side.

Joe Keenan was a rookie patrolman when the first blizzard swept through Coventry. He was too late to save a group of missing boys and that has scarred him throughout his career.

Golden puts all of these characters through the emotional wringer as he advances his story and brings in the weirdness. Readers expecting a slam-bang fright fest aren’t going to get it. This is a spooky ride, one that gives the reader plenty of time to think and wonder, “What if…”

The book moves along and is easy to read, peopled with sympathetic character I felt I knew by story’s end, but I really wanted more explanation of the ice entities. There were really cool, so to speak. In the older traditions of horror, I know writers didn’t always reveal what the nature of the horror was, partially so readers could envision some of that for themselves and make those creatures even more frightening. However, I wanted a reveal here.

Of course, given the ending, Golden may have a sequel planned. On another note, I think I prefer the British cover over the American one. It seems genuinely more creepy, just not very urban.

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