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Frightful Friday: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week.

This week’s featured title is Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix:

 

 

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (September 23, 2014)
  • ISBN13: 9781594745263
  • Source: Publisher

Something menacing is happening at Orsk, a warehouse furniture superstore outside of Cleveland, OH. When the employees arrive in the morning, displays are in a state of disarray. The security cameras reveal nothing. While Orsk is frequented by quite a few shoppers, sales are down.  They must get to the bottom of the mysterious activity before the corporate big-wigs arrive tomorrow morning.

So Basil, one of Orsk’s most dedicated employees, convinces two additional team members to join him in an overnight stakeout. Ruth Anne is a passionate, committed team member. Amy is…not.  It isn’t far into their mission before strange things begin to happen. A number of uninvited visitors make an appearance. Basil, Ruth Anne, and Amy soon realize what they thought would be a relatively uneventful evening has quickly transformed into a battle for their lives.  What walks the confusing and meandering floors of Orsk after hours isn’t human…at least not anymore.

The moment I read the premise of this novel, I knew I had to have it! A haunted house story, set in an IKEA-like setting? Simply brilliant.  The ingenious format added to the experience.  Laid out like an IKEA catalog, complete with illustrations of unpronounceable yet easy to assemble furniture, Horrorstor is a novel like no other! As the novel progressed into a darker, more sinister tone, so did the illustrated furniture. From mass-produced bookshelves to terrifying torture devices, Orsk has every furniture type imaginable.

PicMonkey CollageWhile the character development is minimal, Hendrix makes up for this with a truly chilling, albeit sometimes corny, plot line. That’s to be expected, of course, given that this is a spoof of the grand and simultaneously terrifying, IKEA.

The history of the land that holds this terrifying structure is just as terrifying, adding to the dark and brooding tone.  While the light formatting seems as though it would detract from the overall feel and mood of the book it actually does the complete opposite. As readers turn each page, they have no inkling of what comes next.

Bottom line: Horrorstor is a must read this Halloween season. It’s just spooky enough to send a chill down your spine, yet not too terrifying for the weak of heart.  Highly, highly recommended.

Frightful Friday: Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. This week’s featured title is Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly:

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press (August 19, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9780802123206
  • Source: Publisher

Natty and Sean Wainwright have been married for years. Their two daughters, Alice and Felicity,  and booming hotel business keep them busy.  When Felicity falls ill while overseas on a school trip, it is Natty that rushes to her side. Fortunately, Natty’s college friend, Eve,  is in town visiting and quickly agrees to help Sean while Natty is gone. Unfortunately, Eve takes this new responsibility a bit too seriously.

When Natty returns after Felicity has recovered from emergency surgery, she instantly knows something is amiss.  Sean doesn’t hold back; he quickly reveals that he has fallen in love with Eve. Natty is devastated; while she has been sleeping at the bedside of her youngest daughter, her husband was sleeping with her friend.  With barely enough time to absorb this news, Natty attempts to put on a brave face and get on with her new life.

Yet when Natty receives a mysterious note indicating Eve has done this before, she can’t help but take action. Diving deep into Eve’s history, she uncovers one dark and unbelievable secret after another. Yet it’s not until Eve’s obsession takes a deadly turn that people stop seeing Natty as a jealous wife and see Eve’s dark and manipulative side.

From the very first few pages, Keep Your Friends Close is a captivating and twisty read.  I honestly didn’t know how Daly was going to sustain the intensity throughout the novel yet she did, with great success. Blow after blow, secret after secret was revealed to the reader as Natty discovered them.  At times, it was frustrating as a reader to know so much information that isn’t believed by the secondary characters. On many an occasion I wanted to reach into the book and shake some sense into Sean.  Eventually, all was revealed with heart-stopping intensity.

Natty’s character is a hard one to pin down. Obviously, as a victim of her husband’s adultery we want to feel sympathy for her. Yet, we know she’s holding a secret herself, one that her husband, father, and Eve are in on yet no one is revealing. Knowing this, it was hard for me to put my full trust in her character.

Eve’s character is just…insane. She starts off as a sweet and caring friend and quickly transforms into a psychotic and manipulative bitch.  She got her due, however, and I found myself whooping and cheering by the end.

Bottom line: Keep Your Friends Close is an incredibly addictive psychological thriller. This is the sort of book that will keep you up at night, taking hold of you and demanding your complete and total attention. Highly recommended.

 

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Frightful Friday: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week.

This week’s featured title is Conversion by Katerine Howe:

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (July 1, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9780399167775
  • Source: Library copy

The seniors at St. Joan’s Academy, a private school in Danvers, Massachusetts, are wrapped up in the stress of their final year of school prior to graduation. The students are expected to take this pressure all in stride. Then one day the school’s most popular girl, Clara Rutherford, breaks out into uncontrollable ticks in the middle of class. Soon, other girls begin exhibiting strange symptoms, including hair loss, seizures, and violent coughing fits. With reason, students, their parents, and faculty are all on edge. What is causing these unusual, abrupt symptoms? Could it be something in the environment at the school poisoning them? Or perhaps, is it somehow tied to the town’s dark history?

Colleen Rowley is one of the students immersed in this chaos. The stress of graduation has overcome her as well. Working on an extra credit assignment on The Crucible, she uncovers what many others have not: Danvers is not the original name of this small Massachusetts town. Originally known as Salem Village, Danvers has a history of unexplained epidemics involving young women. Is it possible this modern epidemic is somehow related to that of the past?

Using parallel narratives, Howe gets inside the minds of two young girls, separated by three centuries of history. Ann Putnam was a young woman fully involved in the Salem witch trials. It was she who accused her neighbors of witchcraft. Today, Colleen Rowley holds powerful information about the town’s past and how it could be related to what is transpiring now.

With a substitute teacher serving as her mentor, Colleen’s research into The Crucible and the dark history of Danvers provides valuable evidence about the power of those in charge:

There are parts of the story that are overlooked . Maybe because they don’t fit with what the people in charge have to say…look beyond the dominate narrative…you can rewrite the narrative if you ask the right questions.

This knowledge forces Colleen to take a different approach to uncovering what is happening to her classmates. As she continues her research, the truth about the past becomes more apparent, simultaneous with revelations as to what is happening in her town today.

Howe forces readers to examine the power of manipulation, how the actions or word of one individual can shape the actions of an entire town. Conversion touches on the pressures society forces upon young girls, both today and centuries in past.  We demand that they not only get good grades and move on to prestigious colleges, but to maintain an appearance of control in the midst of one of the most challenging phases in their lives.  The pressure to be perfect is tremendous and therefore it shouldn’t be out of the realm of belief for consequences and side effects of this stress to be manifested physically.

Conversion has been compared to Megan Abbott’s The Fever. I admit, their similarities put me off at first. I Having read Abbott’s book first, I didn’t think I could continue reading this one.  How is it possible for two books, published just weeks apart, have such a similar storyline?  Simple! Both books are loosely based on true events. In 2012, eighteen girls in Le Roy, NY began exhibiting strange symptoms, including verbal and physical tics.  Ultimately, their symptoms were diagnosed as conversion syndrome, a disorder in which emotional stress is so strong that it begins to manifest into physical symptoms. Both Megan Abbott and Katherine Howe are from New York, so it is guaranteed that both women read about this unusual case. I don’t know about you, but if I was a writer an read about this case, I’d want to write about it two.

All this said, while Abbott and Howe both loosely base their novels on one actual event, there are enough differences to set them apart as unique novels. Each deserve their own attention and praise for they are truly outstanding and unique novels.

Going in, I didn’t realize Conversion was a young adult novel.  Both teens and adults are certain to enjoy this novel, each taking away something wholly different. For teens, it is the acknowledgement that we know they are under a tremendous amount of stress, and the importance of verbalizing their difficulties before they take a physical toll. For adults, it serves as a reminder that we are often responsible for exacerbating an already stressful time in our teens lives, often forgetting our own experiences in lieu of pushing our children to achieve perfection.

Bottom line, Conversion is a novel that I wholly enjoyed. I couldn’t put it down. I don’t know if it was due to the setting, or the fact that my own teen son is starting high school this year. Whatever the reason, I highly, highly recommend this novel.

Have you read both Conversion and The Fever? What did you think?

Frightful Friday: The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier

Frightful Friday is a regular meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week.

This week’s featured title is The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier:

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (July 15, 2014)
  • ISBN: 9781476734217
  • Source: Publisher

The “Beacon Hill Butcher” was a savage serial killer who plagued Seattle in the mid-1980s. Referred to as “The Butcher” because he chopped off the left hand of his victims, he terrorized the women of Seattle until he was killed by the local police chief, Edward Shank.  Now a retired widower, Edward has given his Seattle home to his grandson, Matt, whom he helped raised, and is now living in an assisted living facility.

Matt’s girlfriend, Sam, is eager to move in, but Matt, an up-and-coming restauranteur, cherishes his independence. Matt quickly begins making renovations on the home. When contractors come across a crate buried in the yard, Matt breaks the lock and uncovers something that will haunt him forever. Torn between telling the authorities and confronting his grandfather, knowing that this revelation will forever taint “the Chief’s” image.

Sam is on her own hunt for answers. An author of true-crime novels, she fervently believes that her mother, Sarah, was one of The Butcher’s victims, despite the fact that she was killed two years after the supposed Butcher was killed.  Not realizing how close her life is tied to real Butcher, Sam uses her connections with the local police to uncover the truth…no matter the cost.

It isn’t until murders resembling that of The Butcher make an appearance that local police decide to take notice.  Not thrilled with the idea that the true Butcher has been free for the past 30 years, they consult the Chief on the case to see if he can uncover anything they missed in the investigations decades before. Truly, they have warning of the devastating truth right before them.

I’ve been a fan of Hillier’s work since discovering her two previous thrillers, Creep and Freak. Hillier quickly established herself as a talented thriller writer and she has exceeded my expectations with this one! While the true identity of The Butcher is quickly revealed to the reader, we are granted to hold first row seats to watch the characters discover the truth. This early revelation certainly doesn’t remove the chilling tone from this novel; several times I found myself jumping and squealing out of fear. The revelations at the end of the novel are stunning, taking even this reader by surprise. The twists and turns are terrifying, preventing readers from suspecting the outcome of this brilliantly gruesome thriller.

While there are some pretty gruesome and explicit scenes, they certainly do not fall out of place in this thriller. The Butcher was known for his depravity, terrorizing and torturing his victims before their deaths.  Hillier expertly captures this truly terrifying character, juxtaposing it with the innocent character of Sam, determined to uncover the identity of her mother’s killer.

I continue to rave about this author and how she has managed to quickly make a name for herself as a truly tremendous thriller writer. I will continue to devour everything she has read, and if you haven’t yet, you are in for a treat. Highly, highly recommended.

Frightful Friday: By Any Means by Chris Culver

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. This week’s featured title is By Any Means by Chris Culver:

  • Series: Ash Rashid
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 6, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1455525987
  • Source: Publisher

His days as a homicide detective over, Ash Rashid has replaced chasing criminals with heading the D.A.R.E. problem in Chicago-area elementary schools. However, when he discovers two dead bodies in a car on his commute home, he’s quickly sucked back into active duty. The individuals deaths are not accidental, instead victims of a deadly brutal murder.  As Ash learns more, this goes beyond a “simple” murder case to something far more dangerous and deadly.

What makes this novel stand out to me is the protagonist, Ash Rashid. A Muslim man, struggling with alcoholism, he is presented in a manner completely unlike the perceptions many people have with the Muslim culture. His family and religion are important to him and, while they don’t play a predominant role in this novel, they are certainly paramount his life.  It quickly becomes clear that Ash finds it difficult to reconcile his line of work with his religion, this conflict largely responsible for his drinking problem.

For me, it was a breath of fresh air to find a protagonist that wasn’t your typical white, Catholic, man. It’s quite unfortunate that there aren’t many characters like Ash in crime fiction, or fiction at large. It’s important to see individuals like Ash in a positive light.  That’s not to say that Ash isn’t flawed…he most certainly is. This adds an element of reality, of humanity, to his character.

While this is the third book in a series, I felt it served as a good stand alone. While it’s obvious that Ash has a past, Culver does a good  job of providing enough back story to bring new readers up to base on what has transpired in the past.

If you are looking with a strong police procedural, this is the series for you. Recommended.

Frightful Friday: Code Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry (Audiobook)

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week.

This week’s featured title is the audiobook production of Code Zero: A Joe Ledger Novel by Jonathan Maberry:

  • Listening Length: 16 hours and 3 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio (March 25, 2014)
  • Source: Personal copy

*Note: This is a review of the sixth book in a series. Please proceed with caution if you have not read/listened to the previous books in this series*

 

Joe Ledger and the other members of the Echo Unit of the Department of Military Science (DMS) have had their share of interesting experiences. From battling the zombie plague to designer viruses, they’ve seen it all. Any remnants of these weapons have been stored in a remote and isolated location known as the Locker. Until now…

After other units of the DMS are decimated in attacks, the DMS is spread thin. Weapons they thought destroyed or locked up are appearing in public locations. Their new nemesis, Mother Night, has managed to break into the DMS’ impenetrable super computer system, Mindreader, gaining access to knowledge that shouldn’t be made available to the public. Even worse, she broadcasts a video of a rescue mission in which a team went in to put an end to a plague of zombies. The same plague the DMS thought they conquered and destroyed. Before doing so,  she dubbed over the sound to make it appear as though the individuals being shot upon are citizens begging for their lives.

This isn’t the first time the DMS has been under fire. The timing, however, couldn’t be worse. The must put an end to Mother Night and her league of rogue “soldiers” before she can unleash something more dark and devastating than before. In doing so, they realize that the individual responsible for their actions isn’t a stranger to the DMS. Her identity shatters the tough exterior of the DMS. Rather than weakening them, however, it makes them stronger, more dedicated and determined to put a stop to Mother Night.

Told in a series of flashbacks to the time Joe Ledger originally joined DMS, Maberry takes readers (or in my case, listeners) on a path through the history of the DMS and Ledger’s existing unit.

Maberry’s Joe Ledger series is one I rush to listen to as soon as it is released. Not only are they truly outstanding novels filled to the brim with action and less than natural enemies, but they contain truly outstanding characters that have grown tremendously since the culmination of the series. Joe Ledger, on the surface, is a mean, brusque, no-nonsense kind of guy.  Yet in the past several novels, Maberry has slowly unveiled a softer, more vulnerable side of Joe.  To me, this has created a more dynamic, more genuine character in Joe Ledger.

Fans of Maberry’s writing will appreciate the return of characters from the past (as well as one from another series). I’ve been a fan of this series from the beginning and have to say, without a doubt, this is the best one yet.

As with the other titles in this series, I listened to the audiobook production of this title. I don’t see myself ever “reading” them.  That’s not to say that the writing doesn’t stand on its own, it genuinely does. Yet Ray Porter’s narration has captivated me. To me, he is the voice of Joe Ledger and the other cast of characters. He completes the package for me, his narration capturing the essence of Joe and the rest of the cast of characters.  I won’t say I wouldn’t enjoy reading the titles, it would just feel different, not complete. If you are new to this series, I highly recommend going with the audio.  Some of the best out there!

I know this goes without saying, but this, and other Ledger novels, come highly, highly recommended.

Other titles in the Joe Ledger series (in order):

Patient Zero
The Dragon Factory
The King of Plagues
Assassin’s Code
Extinction Machine

 

Frightful Friday: Runner by Patrick Lee

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week. This week’s featured title is the audiobook production of Runner by Patrick Lee:

  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 39 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio (February 18, 2014)
  • Source: Personal copy

Sam Dryden is taking a nightly run when he runs into a young girl. The look of terror on her eyes instantly has his undivided attention. When it becomes obvious that the men chasing after her have deadly intentions, Dryden uses his skills as a retired special forces operative to help her evade capture.  After her attackers flee, Dryden learns that this eleven-year-old girl, Rachel, was held captive in a secret prison. She remembers only the last two months of her life, nothing of her existence outside the prison.

Dryden lost his wife and daughter in an accident five years ago. Seeing the genuine terror and fear in Rachel’s eyes, he vows to help her get answers.  Little does he realize how much his experience in a black-ops will help them in their attempt to elude her captures.

What they learn in the next few days is life altering, for both Dryden and Rachel.  It’s quite possible that the memories Rachel is desperately trying to recover are of a danger so unimaginable that millions of lives are at stake.

I’m intentionally being quite vague in my summary of this title for it is best to be experienced first hand, without any preconceived notions of what may transpire. The best way to put it would be a combination of the thrill of a Jack Reacher novel meeting the science-fiction-esque aspect of a Joe Ledger novel. What results is a novel jam-packed with a unique thrill and intensity.  Each time I paused in my listen of this audiobook, my heart would be pounding.  I made every excuse I could to listen to more, including taking the longer route home or sitting in front of my  house listening to just a few minutes more.

Raul Esparza’s narration of this book just added to the intensity. His tone captured the feel of the moment so expertly, demanding the listener’s undivided attention.

Runner is truly one of the best thrillers I have listened to in some time. I’m new to his work and it is now a personal mission of mine to read it all. I’m ecstatic to see that this is the first in a new series. Dryden’s character is the best of both worlds: a character that is both sensitive and flawed but also intense and unrelenting. I honestly cannot wait for more. Highly, highly recommended!

 

Thank you to Bob at The Guilded Earlobe for the recommendation. Once again, my zombie-loving friend, you are spot on!

Frightful Friday: The Seeker by R. B. Chesterton

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week.

This week’s featured title is The Seeker by R. B. Chesterton:

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pegasus (March 6, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1605985007
  • Source: Publisher

Seeking remote solace to work on her dissertation, Aine Cahill travels to Walden Pond, the location of Henry David Thoreau’s own solitary place of retreat. When she uncovers a journal implicating a secret relationship her aunt had with Thoreau during his stay at Walden, Aine knows she has discovered the perfect topic for her dissertation.  Yet as she reads further, she releases something so powerful and dangerous, an evil that has plagued her family for generations.

Something is lurking on the woods of Walden Pond. A figure, clad in red, that darts from tree to tree, making her existence known to Aine. The evil that resides in Walden Pond isn’t new, it has lurked there, silently, for centuries. Terrible tragedy hits the village and Aine struggles to understand how her family’s dark and sordid past is related to what is transpiring at Walden Pond.  Further challenging Aine’s quest is proving her own mental stability. Haunted by a history of mental disease the Cahill family has battled a family curse for years. Now, Aine is its victim, the evil residing in the wood is determined to bring her life to an end, taking her as prisoner, like so many before her.

I’m not exaggerating when I say that The Seeker sent chills down my spine. Be it the cold chilling setting, the evil young “child,” or some combination of the two, I found myself reading this novel only by the light of day.  The author delved in to the world of madness, leaving the reader unsure of who, or what, to believe. Aine’s character, too, questions this as well: Is it madness, or something supernatural that has plagued her family for generations?

Admittedly, there was a lot going on in this novel, from the Cahill Curse to Aine’s aunt’s connection to Thoreau and an ever-pervasive Moby Dick theme (the allusive white whale). That said, I think the author greatly succeeded at pulling it all together. The ending (no spoilers) leads me to think that there will be a sequel…or perhaps this is just wishful thinking. There is no finite conclusion, no neatly-wrapped up storyline, to this dark and terrorizing tale. That may infuriate some, but for me, it simply fuels my desire to read more! I sincerely hope that this is not the last we hear of Aine and the Cahill curse. Highly recommended.

Frightful Friday: The Troop by Nick Cutter

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week.

This week’s featured title is The Troop by Nick Cutter:

 

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (February 25, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1476717710
  • Source: Publisher

Scoutmaster Tom Riggs leads his scouts on an annual trip to the Canadian wilderness.  On this trip, he leads a group of five young men to Falstaff Island, PEI.  The boys: Kent, Ephraim, Max, Shelly, and Newton, have known one another all their lives.  The camp out is relatively short; a boat will pick them up the following day to take back to the mainland.  Or so they think.

Their peaceful tranquility is severed when a strange man shows on the island. Emaciated, he appears to be quite ill. Riggs attempts to keep the strange man away from the boys, for his medical expertise tells him there is something very strong with the man. The man’s body is emaciated, he begs for food with an uncontrollable hunger raging within him. This hunger is endless and Riggs is stunned as he watches the man pick up anything he can getting his hands on and devouring it.  The troop is completely unaware that the military is hunting this man, aware of the bio-engineered horror residing within his body.

Riggs and the boys assume help will come the next morning. They don’t know that the military has established a no-fly zone over the island, the small island quarantined from the mainland just minutes away. Their hope for help is futile, only they alone have control over their survival.  Yet as the sickness spreads and the hierarchy within their group begins to collapse, they are faced with unimaginable terror, fighting for survival from not only the parasite that ravages the body of victims but also one another.

Using journal entries, magazine interviews, and military reports, Cutter provides readers with insight that the scouts themselves don’t have access to. The reader gets a unique glimpse about what is going on on the mainland, off the island, while they are fighting for their lives. A great deal of time is spent relaying  information on the science experiment gone wrong, the source of this terror, all  at the hands of a Dr. Clive Edgerton. Combined together, a novel that is so gruesome, yet so thrilling and addictive, those that have a strong stomach won’t be able to tear themselves away!

While the plot of the story alone had me sold on this book, the added dimension of the crumbling of the boys’ social structure and hierarchy added a completely unique element. The reader is an observer, watching the boys lives fall to pieces. A true story of a survival of the fittest, the conclusion left me completely stunned.

I most certainly won’t recommend this to the weak of stomach (and it would probably be best to avoid eating pasta of any sort while reading this), I would highly recommend it to fans of classic horror. Stephen King himself said “The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best. Not for the faint-hearted, but for the rest of us sick puppies, it’s a perfect gift for a winter night.”

In my opinion, the plausibility of such a scenario is what makes this novel so terrifying. Science is scary, people! Nevermind the fact the first time I read this novel, about six months ago, my own fourteen year old was away on a camping trip with his Scout troop. I don’t think I slept a wink until he returned!

If you are looking for classic, terrifying horror, this is the novel for you. Highly recommended…with warning :)

Frightful Friday: Snowblind by Christopher Golden

Frightful Friday is a weekly meme in which I feature a particularly scary or chilling book that I’ve read that week.  This week’s featured title is Snowblind by Christopher Golden:

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; First Edition edition (January 21, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1250015316
  • Source: Publisher

Twelve years ago, the small new England town of Coventry was hit with a deadly blizzard.  People walked out in the snow, never to be seen again.  Now another blizzard is on the way and the small town is fearful of the past repeating itself.

Three “survivors” in particular are mindful of the looming storm. Jake was just a kid when his little brother, Isaac, was killed. Isaac kept warning of icy figures dancing out in the snow. No one believed him…except for Jake.  Now another young boy is missing. 

Doug Manning was out in the blizzard, drunk, when his wife Cherie was killed. He’s mixed up in a whole new series of crimes. Now dating someone who reminds him so much of his beloved Cherie, Doug doesn’t listen to the warnings of others about staying indoors when the blizzard hits.

Joe Keenan was relatively new on the police force when the first blizzard hit. Now a detective, he can’t forget the night he was unable to prevent the death of a young boy and the disappearance of his father, just feet away.

The impending blizzard brings with it the ghosts of those lost in the previous blizzard, awakened by the powerful storm.  The terror they bring proves to be more terrifying and deadly than before. 

In Snowblind, Christopher Golden has produced a chilling supernatural tale rich with all the aspects of classic horror. A dark and terrifying setting, vulnerable characters, and a small town with a deadly past. I don’t know about you, but there’s something about a blizzard that is absolutely horrifying. Beyond the obvious, is it the quiet that it brings down around it, the feeling of darkness and desolation, of abandonment that comes with being snowed in?  All of these characteristics are expertly combined producing a truly chilling read. Perfect to curl up with on a cold winter’s day (just don’t let the drafts get in!). Highly, highly recommended.