Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Book Review: Cover of Snow
Written by: Jenny Milchman
Published by: Ballantine Books a division of Random House
Length: 326 pages
Nora Hamilton wakes one morning, and her husband Brenden is missing from her side. As she searches their home looking for him, she finds he has committed suicide. A blur of days occurs, calling the police, where he was an officer, her family at her side, a funeral, and more family and friends at her home. Brenden's mother is a bit icy, something Nora doesn't understand. As Nora begins to accept that her husband is gone, she can't understand the why of it all. He left no note, gave no indication that he was anything but happy in their marriage and in his work. As Nora begins to ask questions and investigate she is met with a brick wall from his former partner and the chief of police. No one wants to talk about Brenden, why he may have been unhappy. As she begins to dig deeper into the idyllic town of Wedeskyull she doesn't like what she sees. Things are rarely what they appear.
The first thing that really sunk in about this book was the imagery created by Jenny Milchman. I've never visited the Adirondack Mountains, but the details of the snow,cold and ice and geographic descriptions in COVER OF SNOW are so well done, I felt like I was there with Nora as she was out in the elements. It made me shiver! Combined with an adventure to find the truth, a thrilling, heart pounding ride....this book was very exciting.
It was easy to like and empathize with Nora, she's left alone, it's a brutal winter where she lives and no one wants to talk about much of anything involving her husband or the police department. As a small town it was full of quirky characters and secrets. Putting all the pieces together wasn't easy or safe for Nora, but she was persistent. Uncovering the secrets was the most interesting to me. When we admit it, most families have secrets, but this one goes beyond just the family, reaching the entire town. I loved how creepy and spooky it was while Nora was sleuthing around for clues....so well written.
While this book was a good adventure it was not without some problems. There was a feeling that the police was omnipotent, and a bit far fetched. Without spoilers I can't really say much more, but there are questions about video and sound recordings that aren't really answered the hows and whys.
I gave this book a 3.75 out of 5 stars, I did really like it, and I was completely grabbed after 50 pages and I didn't see the climactic resolution in the book. This is a debut novel by Jenny Milchman, and I see good things for her future. Looking forward to meeting her on her tour this April and for more good tales to come. Check out her tour dates and locations...it's quite extensive, and a big road trip for her and her family!
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