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Review of Snowblind by Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden's Snowblind is a gripping horror novel set in the small town of Coventry, Massachusetts. The story revolves around two devastating snowstorms, twelve years apart, that bring with them supernatural terror and a chilling atmosphere.

The novel opens with a horrific blizzard that claims the lives of eighteen residents of Coventry. This storm is not just a natural disaster but a supernatural event that leaves the town scarred and haunted by its memories. Fast forward twelve years, and another storm is on the horizon. As the new blizzard approaches, the town's residents are forced to confront their past traumas and the eerie return of those who were lost in the first storm.

Golden excels in creating a diverse and well-developed cast of characters. From police officers and school teachers to thrill-seeking teens and grieving families, each character is given depth and a backstory that makes them relatable and compelling. The character development is one of the novel's strongest points, allowing readers to connect emotionally with the residents of Coventry as they face their fears and the supernatural threats.

The setting of Coventry during a brutal winter is vividly described, creating an eerie and foreboding atmosphere. Golden's descriptive prose brings the snow-covered town to life, making the reader feel the biting cold and the impending sense of doom. The snowstorm itself becomes a character, a relentless and malevolent force that traps the town's residents and brings their worst nightmares to life.

Snowblind explores themes of grief, loss, and redemption. The novel delves into how the characters cope with their past traumas and the ways in which they seek closure and healing. The supernatural elements serve as a metaphor for the unresolved issues and buried emotions that the characters must confront.

The novel's pacing is a point of contention among readers. The initial chapters, set during the first blizzard, are intense and suspenseful, drawing readers in with a sense of impending dread. However, the middle section, which focuses on the characters' lives twelve years later, can feel slow and drawn out. Some readers may find this part of the book to be a bit of a slog, as it delves deeply into the characters' emotional states and personal struggles. The final act, where the new storm hits, picks up the pace again but may not deliver the level of horror and excitement that the initial setup promises.

Snowblind by Christopher Golden is a haunting and atmospheric horror novel that offers a blend of supernatural thrills and emotional depth. While its pacing may falter in the middle, the novel's strong character development and chilling setting make it a worthwhile read for fans of the genre. If you enjoy horror stories that delve into the human psyche and explore themes of grief and redemption, Snowblind is a book that will leave you with a lingering sense of unease and a newfound wariness of winter storms.

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