Anne Bonny #BookReview Snow Blind by @ChristophGolden 5* #Snow #Horror #SnowReads @headlinepg #SnowBlind

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Snow Blind by Christopher Golden
Synopsis:

Twelve years ago the small town of Coventry, Massachusetts was in the grasp of a particularly brutal winter. And then came the Great Storm.

It hit hard. Not everyone saw the spring. Today the families, friends and lovers of the victims are still haunted by the ghosts of those they lost so suddenly. If only they could see them one more time, hold them close, tell them they love them.

It was the deadliest winter in living memory.

Until now.

When a new storm strikes, it doesn’t just bring snow and ice, it brings the people of Coventry exactly what they’ve been wishing for.
And the realisation their nightmare is only beginning.

My Review:

I had previously read the authors novel Ararat, which absolutely blew me away and has recently won a book an award! When we had the snow (March 2018 UK), I decided to read a novel with a theme of a storm/blizzard and picked up Snow Blind from my tbr pile. The novel has an eerie horror/mystery feel and has received praise from Stephen King! So, here’s my thoughts on Snow Blind.

The snow is set in the small town of Coventry, Massachusetts during a brutal winter. My favourite thing about the novel is the character depth. The characters are detailed, but not overly so. Just enough to get you invested in their stories and intrigued on their journey within the novel.

‘Snowstorms provided the most beautiful and haunting images of all’

The novel opens with restaurant opener Ella having a cigarette break alone as the snow falls. Ella is lonely and vulnerable as the blizzard moves in.

Allie is a young widow, a mum to two young boys and currently dating handsome doctor Niko. They gather as a family to watch movies and eat popcorn, whilst the storm hits Coventry. Allie’s husband died in combat and she is apprehensive about her new relationship with Niko. How her sons Isaac and Jake will adapt to the new situation, and also Niko’s daughter Miri. They read incredibly well as a family just trying to survive what life throws at them. But their pain is far from over!

Joe Keenan is a rookie cop for the Coventry PD. He is on patrol during the blizzard, dealing with the typical complaints and thinking back to the last aggressive storm of 1978. When Joe hits something in his patrol car, something he can’t see. . .

Doug Manning is a local mechanic on route to an evening with his workmates to watch the game. His wife Cherie remains at home awaiting his return. When some ‘jokes’ get out of hand, Doug finds himself fired and cast out from his workplace.

TJ Farrelly is a local singer at Ella’s restaurant, he harbours romantic feelings towards her but has previously held back. He is supposed to be spending the evening of the storm with his elderly mother Martha. But when there’s a power cut in Ella’s restaurant he can’t resist the urge to bring her comfort.

Cherie (Doug’s Wife) is alone at home on the telephone with her best friend Angela. When her dog begins howling she must venture into the yard during the storm to bring him in. She hears strange whisperings of ‘Let’s get in’ and her dog bites her hand.

The night is full of strange occurrences for the townsfolk of Coventry.

‘The city of Coventry had given itself over to the storm’

The evening continues to get more and more creepy.

Joe is dealing with the 13 power lines that are down, when he is summoned to the Wexler’s residence The Wexler son and his two friends have gone missing. Joe must find the teens as the snow continues to fall down around him.

Allie and Niko discuss their future, trying their best to consider everyone in the family’s feelings and where they go from here. Down the hall in the boy’s room, Isaac has become terrified of a presence outside of the window ‘There are monsters in the yard’. Despite the comforting words of his brother Jake, he opens the window.
A mistake that will scar them all, one way or another.

At this point the novel has a huge twist and it is not one I am willing to give away. What I have described above is actually, only a short part of the opening of the novel.
The beauty of this novel is within the first twist!

This novel has a subtle eerie feeling and is perfect to read when the snow is falling. As stated above the descriptions of the characters are brilliant. They draw you into their individual stories and they are all unique. The novel maybe of the horror genre, but it does have a strong emotional edge also. The theme of personal grief and emotional longing for a lost relative, is beautifully written. When you add in the eerie feeling and the flash horror scenes, you have the recipe for a 5* novel.

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Enjoy the snow. . . . . 

 

Q&A with Legendary author, Christopher Golden.

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Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of novels in various genres from Teen/YA to adult fiction & horror. An author of many talents, Christopher also writes Graphic novels and in particular the Hellboy and Buffy series. Also the novel Sons Of Anarchy Bratva. His novel Ararat is due for release in the UK 18th April. I would describe Ararat as the horror genre but it has so many layers of depth. Here is the synopsis so that you may decide:

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New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden’s supernatural thriller about a mountain adventure that quickly turns into a horrific nightmare of biblical proportions. Fans of Dan Simmons’ The Terror will love Ararat, the thrilling tale of an adventure that goes awry. When a newly engaged couple climbs Mount Ararat in Turkey, an avalanche forces them to seek shelter inside a massive cave uncovered by the snow fall. The cave is actually an ancient, buried ship that many quickly come to believe is really Noah’s Ark. When a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark for the first time, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses. The artefact tempts their professional curiosity; so they break it open. Inside, they find an ugly, misshapen cadaver—not the holy man that they expected, a hideous creature with horns. A massive blizzard blows in, trapping them in that cave thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain…but they are not alone.

I rated Ararat 5* Genius!

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Q&A

Q) I originally came across your novel, from a fb post from British author Sarah Pinborough. I absolutely love it when authors recommend each other’s work. I think it is super cool and usually as a reader you get some of the best recommendations. Who are your favourite authors? And favourite novels?

CG: Too many! Obviously Sarah herself is a favourite of mine. She’s really hit her stride in the past few years. BEHIND HER EYES and THE DEATH HOUSE are both fantastic reads. Other favourites include Stephen King, John Irving, Larry McMurtry, Walter Mosley, James Lee Burke, Dennis Lehane, Don Winslow, Joe Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Robert Shearman, and, of course, so many of my good friends who are also incredible writers, like Charlaine Harris, Amber Benson, Tom Sniegoski, Rio Youers, Joe Hill, and a ton more. I’m sure I’ll get crap from people, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg of authors. Some of the individual books I’ve read in the past few years that I’ve loved have included BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman, THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern, and SAVE YOURSELF by Kelly Braffett.

Q) Ararat centres around mountaineering, something I have never read about in fiction or non-fiction before. What was the inspiration behind this unique idea?

CG: Honestly, the Ark. I’m agnostic myself, and I certainly don’t believe the details of the story, or that anyone will ever find an actual “Noah’s Ark,” but I’m fascinated by the idea that Arkology is a whole field of study and that even now there are people still looking. A lot of them. I had an article sitting on my desk for years, knowing I wanted to do something with it, and when I finally sat down to scribble some notes, I fondly recalled the Clint Eastwood film THE EIGER SANCTION, and that was a big influence as well.

Q) Is mountaineering a hobby of yours? Did you have to undertake much research for its part Ararat?

CG: I do enjoy the outdoors and a bit of hiking, but no, I’ve never climbed a mountain. I researched Ararat itself, and everything to do with climbing it, as well as mountaineering in general. I spoke to a guide who takes tourists up the mountain and learned a great deal from him.

Q) One thing I commented on in my review was the diversity of the specialists that form the group at Ararat. I felt this added depth to the writing and made it very realistic. As specialists on such an endeavour would be from various faiths. Did you consult any specialists? Was the idea always to make the group diverse?

CG: The only specialist I spoke to was the guide I mentioned, but yes, absolutely. The low undercurrent of conflict that simmers beneath the first portion of the book is necessary to what comes later in the story, and the best way to achieve that was to consider the ark itself (and the…other thing they find inside it). People are going to believe different things, depending on their particular faith or lack thereof, and their superstitions or frustrations are going to feed into their emotions—paranoia, animosity, and other things.

Q) As I have mentioned above, you also write graphic novels. How does the writing/planning differ?

CG: It’s a completely different medium and discipline. Most of what I’ve done in graphic novels consists of individual issues of a comic book series. Usually those issues compose arcs of a certain length and later they’re collected as graphic novels. The planning is not that different, actually, but the writing is totally different and really requires learning the medium.

Q) As the mother of a 10 years old son, who is a self-confessed comic book addict. My son is also autistic and Comic books/Graphic novels have a huge appeal to him. They are almost another world for him to enter. Had it not been for Graphic Novel/Comics, I am not sure I would have ever gotten my son to read. With the growth of events such as Comic Con and the argument of ‘it’s not real reading’ slowly dying a bleak death. What are your thoughts on their huge peak in success?

CG: I think it’s wonderful that your son has that outlet and that source of entertainment and imagination. I’ve always been frustrated with some parents, teachers, and librarians who try to differentiate between one sort of reading and another. Literary vs. genre fiction. Original novels vs. media tie-in books. Prose novels vs. comics. In my mind, anything that intrigues children—or adults—enough to get them reading is a positive thing.

CG

Authors Links:
Web: http://www.christophergolden.com/
Twitter: @ChristophGolden

Ararat is out now and also available on Kindle Ebook 🙂
*Don’t read it alone, in the dark!

New Release: Ararat by Christopher Golden- Review 5* Genius read!

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Ararat by Christopher Golden

The synopsis:

Meryam and Adam take risks for a living. But neither is prepared for what lies in the legendary heights of Mount Ararat, Turkey.

First to reach a massive cave revealed by an avalanche, they discover the hole in the mountain’s heart is really an ancient ship, buried in time. A relic that some fervently believe is Noah’s Ark.

Deep in its recesses stands a coffin inscribed with mysterious symbols that no one in their team of scholars, archaeologists and filmmakers can identify. Inside is a twisted, horned cadaver. Outside a storm threatens to break.

As terror begins to infiltrate their every thought, is it the raging blizzard that chases them down the mountain – or something far worse?

My review:

I wouldn’t usually read about mountaineering, now I am concerned with what I have been missing out on!
The novel centres around a bunch of various specialists within their individual fields. I loved that this group included a mixture of men and women and people of various faiths. The group being diverse gives the plot a realistic/real feel to it. The specialists are exploring mount Ararat and in particular a secret myth that it contains Noah’s Arc within it’s cave systems. The group make a disturbing discovery and find themselves battling an evil entity and eventually themselves.
Their slow descent into turmoil and their focus to add some sense & logic to the situation makes for gripping reading.
The plot also has a very clever ending & I was hugely impressed by this author.
This was my first by this author but definitely wont be my last!

I tried to read this novel, alone in the dark at 5am, with the room only lit by the light from my kindle and I was genuinely too terrified. lol

*I received an Ebook arc copy via Netgalley.

Authors Links:
http://www.christophergolden.com/
Twitter: @ChristophGolden