A real modern day ghost story, Snowblind by Christopher Golden is the story of one small New England town where people are haunted. The atmospheric story starts out with one frightful night where the danger lurked not in shadows behind closet doors or under the bed. The danger was not in isolated old houses. The danger here came with the snow. A monstrous winter storm that brought more to fear than just cold and ice descended on the town and left those who survived forever changed, mourning those lost and fearful for another storm that was more than just a vicious weather event.
The story then brings the reader 12 years later, showing snapshots of how life had changed for those who lost loved ones, and those who could not save victims of the storm 12 years earlier. It also showed a town on edge. The weather forecast is calling for another monster storm reviving memories of lives lost and people missing all those years earlier. Memories of the unsolved mysteries the last storm left. And memories that many would rather forget then remember, and certainly did not want to relive.
As the storm nears, some members of the town start acting strange or different. The memories of the last storm are growing stronger and more urgent. Pain and regrets grow fresh again. The story in this was great, especially for a winter read. I loved the haunting storm, trying to figure out what was going on. There was wonderful suspense, mystery and occasionally adrenalin. There was also a great range in characters, and relationships.
For most of the book, it is not a fast paced thriller. It is more slow and haunting. On the surface this is very much a ghost story, but if you look closer, I also feel that ultimately, this book was about life, death and relationships. Appreciating what you have and to let go of regrets.
Many thanks to the St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the ARC in return for my honest review.