Snow Blind. Book Review

snowSNOW BLIND by Christopher Golden
Headline, p/b, 320pp, Ā£13.99
Reviewed by Stewart Horn

In the midst of the coldest winter in memory, a storm comes to Coventry, Massachusetts, bringing blizzards, record low temperatures and death. But it wasn’t just the weather doing the killing. The town’s wounds from that night are not yet fully healed when a similar storm hits twelve years later.

There are strange voices, shadowy figures on the edge of vision, and some of the townspeople have sudden and dramatic personality changes. In one of my favourite scenes, a man who has just caused a collision weeps at the roadside saying that he can’t remember how to drive.

Snow Blind is a ghost story, an unseen monster story, a possession story and a rip-roaring action horror story, and it’s as entertaining as it sounds. It seems to be in three parts: the opening section is chillingly creepy and foreshadows the horror to come; the central section sets up the situation and gradually builds the tension; and the final third is all action.

Golden delivers the supernatural horror goods but I was more impressed by his skill in juggling a dozen central characters and keeping them distinct. The relationships are convincing and their reactions to scary stuff believable, though some of that careful detail gets lost in the frantic pace of the final act.

A fine and genuinely unsettling novel, with a monster I haven’t seen before. Highly recommended.