Snow by Ronald Malfi

No Series
Horror

Source: Purchased rating

Todd Curry wants nothing more than to spend Christmas with his son. But when a brutal snowstorm cancels his flight from Chicago to Des Moines, Todd and a few other stranded passengers decide to rent a Jeep and make the trip on their own. During the drive, they pick up a man wandering through the snow, who claims to be searching for his lost daughter. He is disoriented and his story seems peculiar. Strangest of all are the mysterious slashes cut into the back of the man's coat, straight down to the flesh... When they arrive at the nearest town, it appears deserted. Windows dark, car abandoned, fired burning unattended. But Todd and the rest of the travelers soon learn the town is far from deserted, and that they are being watched...

Todd and a few stranded passengers have to head into a nearby town after getting waylaid by a storm during a flight. They stop to help a man who claims his child is lost in the storm, but when they go for help the stumble onto an empty town. It doesn't take long to discover there's some seriously-eerie stuff involved with this particular snowfall, and they must figure out how to beat it if they hope to survive.

There's something enchanting about thrillers or horror set in a snow-filled environment. Even if it's in an open area, there's a sense of isolation that comes from the winter white. Some genuinely creepy parts graced the pages, and there were twists on who to trust (of course). As always when you meld a group together to brave evil forces, they start coming apart at the seams and turning on each other. It starts with one group, becomes another, and ultimately they have to battle yet another set of strangers at the end.

As fun as it is to play in the snow, it's not a fully fresh, unique story. Writing style is fine and characters are genuine enough, but there isn't a lot of surprise waiting for the reader. The beginning is strong and promising, and I dug the ending conflicts, but the middle was slightly weighed down.





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