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Cover of Snow

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  3,162 ratings  ·  651 reviews
Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide.

The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numb
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Chad Sayban
When Nora Hamilton awakes one snowy morning to find her police officer husband, Brendan, hanging from a rope from an apparent suicide, her whole world is shattered. Slowly, Nora tries to piece together what could have driven her otherwise happy husband to do such a thing. But when she starts asking questions, a lot of people in the cozy Adirondack Mountain town want her to stop. And a few are willing to go to extraordinary lengths to keep the dark secrets hidden away – even as far as murder.

I very much wanted to like Cover of Snow. I really did, and so despite my doubts continuing to mount as I read more and more, I persevered to the end, to the bitter end. The more I read, the more of a chore reading this book became. It started out so promisingly and ended so disappointingly.

This is a debut novel, and it certainly shows. As I read, I kept wondering: are there no editors at Ballantine Books? Cover of Snow as it is published now is a diamond--well, maybe a turquoise--in the rough.
Some of the writing in this book shows that the author may have a good story inside of her yet, but this particular book isn’t it.

Nora Hamilton, 35, wakes up one morning to find out her husband hasn’t woken her up AND he hasn’t made her coffee! Oh, and incidentally he killed himself the night before. No, it wasn’t because he was tired of waiting on his wife, but the real reason (which we don’t discover until the end) wasn’t a much better explanation.

After Nora’s gruesome discovery, the rest of t

3.5 stars


Nora Hamilton wakes up alone one morning to discover her husband Brendan, a cop has committed suicide, leaving no note or indication that he was depressed or suicidal. When the initial shock, disbelief and grief begin to fade, Nora investigates what could possibly have driven her husband to hang himself. They were in love and with no pressing concerns.

When Nora starts to ask questions, her husband's best friend and partner, the police and even some of the people of the small town
Just short of five stars

What a page turner! This is one of those books you decide to read a few pages in before falling asleep and several hours later you’re still reading until sleep attacks. It’s frigid, set in an upstate New York small town winter. Everyone knows everyone else. Many people grew up in the small town of Wedeskyull where it’s set though Nora only moves there after she marries her college sweetheart Brendan, a policeman in this village. Nora has just started her business restorin
Susan Johnson
I wanted to like this book because it had an interesting premise but it never lived up to its promise. I have tried to put my finger on it and I think that the characters are not fully developed. You never really root for Nora because there's really no reason to get in her corner.

Nora's husband commits suicide and she tries to find out why. It's a natural reaction. She discovers he got a sleeping pill the week before so she knows he planned the deed. His mother is openly antagonistic towards her
This book was the most hideous exercise in thriller writing I have ever bore witness to. The writing was very stilted and clipped, the descriptions felt crude and abrupt, and it just was extremely amateurish overall. The mystery wasn't enticing, the characters felt like cartoonish versions of actual people, and there were tons of convenience to go around - and not in a forgivable way.

I was so bored midway through it that I just skimmed lazily over its latter half, and even skimming took such her
A woman wakes up to discover that her husband has committed suicide. Having no clue that he had been unhappy, she starts investigating what might have been troubling him, and uncovers secrets in the small Adirondack town.

It was tough to get past the first few chapters. As Nora wakes up, she is immediately afraid that something is very wrong because her husband is not in bed beside her. But surely that happens fairly often in normal life... especially if hubby is a police officer who may be awoke
Finally I finished this book. You know that feeling you get, when you are reading a crap book and you get to the last couple of pages and you are so excited, cause you know you won't have to read anymore about this silly story or these stupid characters. That's how I feel .... times 10.

Things I thought upon finishing:

God this character likes tea, why do I have to hear about it so freaking much.

I hated everyone in this story. All of them! Not one real redeemable person. Teggi the most!

So all t
This book was a train wreck, yet I couldn't put it down. The writing is laughably bad, with nonsensical dialog and loosely linked events. I got this for review and am trying to figure out if I can write it up without totally trashing it. But the fact that I finished it says something since I normally don't finish books I can't stand.
The best thing I can say about Cover of Snow was that it was a quick, easy read. I understood what the author was going for - a tense thriller set in a corrupt, lonely, and isolated small town. There were too many problems with the execution, though, for the reader to ever truly be in suspense.

First, the main character, Nora Hamilton, was completely irritating. She was described as someone who never liked to question or probe too deeply. The death of her husband motivated her to finally ask que
Ronya Misleh
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Bonnie Brody
Nora Hamilton is a restorer of old houses, in the midst of just starting a new business called Phoenix. Her husband, Brendan, is on the local police department. They have a happy marriage, one that is close and intimate. One morning, after making love the night before, she wakes up feeling drugged and feels like things are not right in the house. For one thing, she overslept and she knows her husband would have wakened her because she had an appointment with a new client. She walks through the h ...more
Kathy Davie
Police procedural and mystery about corruption in a small town up in the Adirondack Mountains in New York.

This is Milchman's first novel. An impressive tale.

My Take
This was excellently written and incredibly depressing. I just cried and cried at the start, the middle, and the end at all the loss. All the stupid, senseless loss.

Milchman was amazing at how well she strung this out, how she built the suspense. The reasons behind Brendan's suicide, those initial scenes as Nora goes back in her mind
You might have heard this author's name before because she is the mover and the shaker behind Bring Your Child To A Bookstore Day, which is now celebrated in all 50 states and four foreign countries. She's energetic, driven, and boy, can she write a spine-tingling mystery! This book begins with a shocking suicide of a small town policeman that leaves his devastated widow trying to understand. It starts with her finding out her husband sedated her the night he hung himself. More and more strange ...more
Nora Hamilton wakes up one morning to find that her husband has hung himself. This is especially surprising to her because just the night before they were getting busy with each other and everything seemed fine. Apparently a lot more was going on with Brendan than he let on to his wife.

The first hundred pages had me hooked. Was Brendan murdered or did he commit suicide and if so why? After that the plot wore thin and it ran out of gas for me. Nora spent too much time dilly dallying all over the
Nora Hamilton awakes one morning to discover that her husband, a respected police officer, has committed suicide. Brendan Hamilton left no note and gave no indication that any thing was wrong leading up to his death and shortly after his funeral Nora sets out to discover why her husband killed himself.

This story line has the potential to be a great thriller or mystery, but falls flat at every effort. Nothing about this story makes sense, I kept waiting to find out why people in this small town h
Seeley James
An excellent debut. A literary mystery that gets you inside the narrator's head. The mystery is a why-did-he? as opposed to a who-done-it that works very well. It's reminiscent of Patricia Cornwell (before Ms. C started coasting).

Interestingly, the first thing I wanted to comment on as I sat to write this review was the cover; for once, I feel the cover is a perfect image for what the book contains. Nora and her husband live in a small town, where winter hits in full force every year. The scenes are filled with cold, snow, wind and ice, characters fighting the elements on a daily basis. Soon enough, Nora also realizes she has very few allies; it's on her alone to find the truth and fight for it to finally come out
Luanne Ollivier
Cover of Snow is Jenny Milchman's debut novel.

Nora Hamilton followed her husband back to the small New York town he grew up in so he could follow in his father's footsteps - serving on the local police force. She's found work as a house restorer and believes they are blissfully happy. Until she wakes up one morning and finds that Brendan has killed himself. Why? What could have driven him to such an act? Nora is determined to find out. But his police force family seem just as determined to 'let
Jan 14, 2013 Cindi rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I've been in the mood lately for thrilling mysteries and Cover of Snow the debut mystery from Jenny Milchman arrived just in time to fulfill this desire.

Nora wakes up groggy on morning after a night of passionate love making to find that her husband, a cop in the small New York town, has hanged himself in the attic. Nora is completely shocked by his suicide and wants to find out what would drive her husband to kill himself. But asking questions in his hometown is proving to be more dangerous tha
E.J. Findorff
This novel starts off with the most intersting of premises, which I've learned from the author herself, doesn't want given away, even though the reader learns of it in the first chapter. So, with respect to the author, I won't speak of it. I will say this event drives the protagonist, as well as the novel, into dangerous, spine-tingling situations in this snowy small town that Stephen King would be proud of.

But, this isn't King, or James Bond, or Patterson where unbelievable events are participa
Cover of Snow: A Novel
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My "in a nutshell" summary...

A beautiful opening scene, a lovely old farmhouse, a wreath on the door and a life shattered!

My thoughts after reading this book...

Whoa...the twists and turns within this book begin right away...something about the way Nora's police officer husband died is just not right...and Nora is in the midst of it ASAP!

This is one of these books where you have no clue who the bad guys are and you continue to read and read and read and are
Is Stephen King's "Hearts in Atlantis" or "Under the Dome" a thriller? Many would say no, yet these books still come from the master of fast-paced writing, who knows the slavering beast under the mask of humanity. In this literary/thriller tradition, so, too, comes Jenny Milchman's debut, "Cover of Snow."

Some reviewers have said they didn't have a feel for the main character, Nora, but I felt that Milchman was allowing us to follow her on our own: purposely not connecting the dots for us like a
Andrea Corley
I randomly came across this book browsing the online library content, and boy am I glad that I did! This debut novel by Jenny Milchman was such a jewel to find!

I listened to this on audio and the narrator did such a great job reading the story from Nora's point-of-view! I felt like I was literally listening to Nora tell her story! It normally takes me a good while to get into an audio book, if I ever can at all, but not only was I able to "get into" this book, it captured me from the very begin
Everything changed for Nora Hamilton that January morning when she woke up alone. Brendan, her police officer husband, was not in the bed with her. The normal morning sounds he would have made were not present. No sounds of the shower, no smell of morning coffee, no nothing as the strange silence stretched on and on. She will soon discover the silence exists for a good reason-- the man who made love to her the night before has committed suicide.

Devastated and distraught, Nora just wants to know
Three and a half stars: A suspenseful read full of twists and turns, that will keep you turning the pages.

Nora wakes to a splinter of sunshine splashed across her pillow. Confused, she peers groggily at the alarm clock. It is already 7:30 A.M. She and Brendan rarely sleep this late. He always wakes her. She jumps out of bed, eager to find her husband. When she pushes the bathroom door open expecting a face full of steam, she is surprised to find it empty. Then she hears the familiar gurgle of t
COVER OF SNOW (Pub 2013) by Jenny Milchman is a great read and the author's debut novel. This is a story about a corrupt police force in a tiny town in the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York. It's a combo who-done-it and why-done-it.

The story starts with Nora Hamilton waking to find out that her husband, a police officer, has committed suicide, and the remainder of the story revolves around her trying to find out if it was really suicide or murder.

I enjoyed the story, and it held my inter
Kristen Elise
Having read many five-star reviews and just as many one-star reviews of this novel, I agree with both, so I'm offering three stars. There are some exciting elements and the book is appropriately chilling. The main plot is very intriguing and I kept turning pages. On the other hand, there are some amateurish elements consistent with a first effort by a debut novelist. Below (in the spoiler section) are a few specific examples.

I have met Jenny Milchman and found her to be a lovely person. The fact
Terra Kelly
I was lucky enough to read Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman just before it was released to the general public. This is Jenny Milchman's first novel though she has had two short stories published. She is a dynamic writer, easily balancing heart ache with fast paced action to keep the reader entertained and eager for more. Once I downloaded this book to my kindle I was hooked and finished it within the day it was so good!

The story starts with the female protagonist, Nora Hamilton, waking up late in
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Jenny Milchman is a suspense writer from the Hudson River Valley of New York State. Her debut novel, COVER OF SNOW, was published by Ballantine/Random House in January 2013 and her follow up novel, RUIN FALLS, will be published in April 2014.

Her short story 'The Closet' was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 2012, and another short story, 'The Very Old Man', will be published in EQMM t
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