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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  2,344 ratings  ·  440 reviews
In Christopher Golden’s first horror novel in more than a decade--a work reminiscent of early Stephen King--Snowblind updates the ghost story for the modern age.

The small New England town of Coventry had weathered a thousand blizzards...but never one like this. Icy figures danced in the wind and gazed through children's windows with soul-chilling eyes. People wandered into
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Delee
To me there is nothing quite like reading a book about characters braving the icy cold- while I am snuggled all safe and sound indoors- with the wind howling and the snow swirling about outside my window. So when the storm hit, and I was stuck inside for the weekend- diving into SNOWBLIND by Christopher Golden was a no-brainer.

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Coventry has had their share of nasty weather...but there was something different about the blizzard that hit the small New England town that year. Strange occurrences, un
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Valentina
Although the premise sounded fascinating, this book did not live up to its promise. It was classified as a horror story, but it had too dull a middle to make a great impact on the readers.
One of the biggest issues this book has is that t has too many characters. The author was trying to create a kind of small town feeling by introducing us to many people who lived through the blizzards in a particular town. This tactic works very well if you know how to go about executing it. Someone like Steph
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Yes, I read this during the heat of summer. If I’d read this during our horrendous and never-ending winter I most likely would’ve moved to one of those sunshiny states. This book gets points for its descriptions of an icy cold hell but, most to my dismay because I was truly looking forward to it, it never moved above a 3 star read for me. I’ll try to tell you why.

As you can guess from the title, a blizzard strikes. But this is no run of the mill blizzard. This blizzard brings with it “things” th
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Becky
When the weather outside is frightful, reading snowy horror is so delightful! :D

I do love to read chill-worthy horror in the winter, when it's gray and cold and going out into the world is an ordeal of layers and winter boots and heavy coats with zippers and buttons and velcro (oh my!), and shit-I-forgot-to-tuck-in-the-scarf! unbutton, unzip, scarf, rezip, rebutton, then hat, then gloves, then gloves back off to lock the door, then back on because it's freaking cooooold! Then sweep off the side
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Marvin
I'm tempted to say Snowblind is a traditional ghost story but it isn't really. The ghosts are fairly traditional but the situation and the event that creates them is a little different. It's different enough to put some real life in these ghosts (pun is definitely intentional) and epic enough for Christopher Golden to flesh out its cast of pretty much everyone in the small town of Coventry. It is a quieter type of supernatural horror novel with an emphasis on the psychological rather than blood ...more
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
This story starts off during a blizzard in Coventry, New England. The author sets the story up very well. You feel that cold bite of the wind and snow pounding against your skin. I live in the south and for us an inch of snow is run to the store and get all the milk and bread you can, we did however experience a blizzard years ago and I remember that feeling of helplessness. There are several main characters in this book and I honestly liked most of them. The story paces itself very well. Severa ...more
Diane S.
There was just something so surreal,, reading this book by my front window, listening to the wind gusts and watching the snow fall and swirl around. Not blizzard conditions but close enough to make the timeliness of this read apropos.

A terrible blizzard impacted Coventry and many people disappeared or were taken. Jake saw his brother taken by an icy hand reaching through their opened window. Years later another storm is forecast for Conventry and those that lived through the last one are edgy a
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J. Fenn
I don’t know whether it was precognitive genius or some odd, karmic luck that Christopher Golden’s Snowblind is being released during a winter of epic snowfall and frostbite-inducing temperatures. Maybe his monsters are the only logical explanation. In a tale he sets up quickly then unwinds slowly, Golden captures the creepiness of blizzards and snow dumps, the way it isolates, yet can bring people together in unexpected ways. The references to King make sense, but the horror here is more on the ...more
Courtney Wells
A decent horror read for winter months that has an almost two-for-one spooky story inside. It reminds me a little of 90's style Dean Koontz stories but could have picked up the pace in the middle. Started off great, ended strong so it's a better than average read if you're a fan of getting lost in an immersive, eerie backdrop and hangout with personable, folksy characters while bad things hunt them.
Jennifer
I was highly anticipating reading Snowblind this year. I've been a fan of Christopher Golden for a long time, and it has been a while since he's released a new horror book. When I heard Snowblind was going to be released, I immediately placed it on my must read list.

I absolutely loved the ominous build up in the beginning of Snowblind. A blizzard is blowing in to a small town in New England, and something is waiting out in the snow. It reminded me of Stephen King's The Mist. You know some bad sh
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Krystal
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

OH.MY.GOD. This book! This is one of the rare combinations of subtlety (where they don't need blood and guts or mangled body parts to tell the story) and immediate action (seriously.. it picks up during the "first killer" blizzard and just goes on from there). This book would appeal to those readers that like both "thriller" and "horror" novels.

The characters are written in such a way that they are realistic and relate-able (even if you only get to know a few of th
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Kate
This was so awkwardly written with an abundance of terribly flat 2D characters, over description, pointless prose that went on for ages, and the plot only came together in like the last 20 pages. Do not recommend.
Bonnie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Twelve years ago a blizzard hit the small New England town of Coventry. A blizzard that brought far more danger than normal. The storm was alive with something dangerous and evil and anyone who dared walk into it never survived. Twelve years later there are people that still remain in Coventry that were affected by that storm an
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Carol
I had a terrible time convincing myself to stay with this novel. The beginning and end were pretty interesting, but for the most part, it was just too long and drawn out for my taste.

The premise of the story was pretty cool though.....the spooky ice men, the eerie atmosphere of a ferocious snowstorm, and the bizzare appearance of ghosts from the past (view spoiler) but whew!.....even at a short 300 pages, I

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Gatorman
Likeable tale from Golden about ice creatures emanating from severe blizzards and the effect they have on a small town's population, but it's rather disappointing in the execution. There's not much here despite the rave review from Stephen King. Pretty standard stuff with predictable results. The characters don't have much depth and story doesn't really go anywhere but it does keep moving along and provides a decent amount of action. Nice but I expected more. It explains the middling rating on G ...more
Rick Fisher
4.5 stars

A masterfully written tale of suspense and horror by Christopher Golden. This is Mr. Golden doing what he does best, creating a mesmerizing story in the genre that is his bread and butter.
"Snowblind" rocks from beginning to end with just a slight lull in the middle.
With wonderfully written characters, well thought out story lines and eerily intense scenes of chilling action, the reader is transported to the eidolic little town of Coventry, MA, where just the thought of blizzards ter
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Liz Wilkins
Thank you to the author and publisher for copy via netgalley.



Coming January 2014 from St Martins Press

The small New England town of Coventry had weathered a thousand blizzards…but never one like this. Icy figures danced in the wind and gazed through children’s windows with soul-chilling eyes. People wandered into the whiteout and were never seen again. Families were torn apart, and the town would never be the same.

So, Mr Goldens first horror novel in more than a decade (why WHY when they are so
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Bracken
All ghosts are ghosts of loss. You might think that Christopher Golden's Snowblind is about restless ghosts and the skeery ice monsters that live in whiteout snowstorms, and it is, but it's also a meditation on loss and how love is what really survives after death. Golden asks, what if you had a second chance at that love? And answers, that would mean you also had a second chance at that crushing kind of loss because, sadly, nothing is forever. The monsters in this book are scary in themselves, ...more
Kimmy Yates
Fantastic thriller/horror. Read like a movie. Exactly what I would expect from a great Christopher Golden book.
I love snow, especially blizzards and this is what drew me to this story. I got my fill of snowflakes and freezing cold in this superb book.
Golden does an expert job at creating the scenes, the descriptions the characters so perfectly. You simply can NOT put this one down. I wish for a book 2, and with an ending like that.... perhaps.....
Adam Light
I thoight this was okay. The character development was god, maybe too good. The first two hundred pages dragged on until my will to continue flagged considerably. I even set it down to read another book at one point.

As you can see, I finished it. As short novels go, this one felt twice as long as the page count stated. I'm not saying it is a bad book; it just could have been so much more.
Jennifer Boyce
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I truly enjoyed this book and while I don’t think that it fits neatly into the category of horror, it was still a good book. This book did remind me of Stephen King novels, yet this book had so much more going for it than any Stephen King book I’ve ever read.

The plot in this book is absolutely fantastic. The excitement starts right at the beginning with the first snowstorm and keeps up at a brisk pace until the very end of the story. The plot draws in the
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Nick Cato
Twelve years ago in the small New England town of Coventry, a wicked blizzard brought with it an unusual terror that took several lives and affected the entire populace, even those who haven't lost loved ones.

Now there's another storm heading to Coventry, one forecasters are saying could be as bad or worse as the one from 12 years earlier. Among the townsfolk we meet a photographer named Jake, who had lost his brother Isaac during that terrible night. But when he wakes one morning shortly before
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Jon Recluse
A chillingly atmospheric, seasonal horror tale that defies expectations. Once, a blizzard descended upon the town of Coventry, a storm like no other, that left unexplained deaths and disappearances in it's wake, scarring the survivors. Twelve years later, a handful of those survivors receive cryptic warnings from those lost that fateful night. The storm, and what lurks within it, is coming back.
An incredible supernatural mystery; every time you think you know what's going on, it slips away from
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Mark
In wintertime here at Hobbit Towers there’s often nothing nicer than settling down with a hot drink and a good book whilst the weather outside is something rotten. Snowblind is one of those books: a gripping horror thriller that’s a great Winter read (though I daresay any time of the year might have the same effect.)

The title gives you a pretty good summary of the plot. We visit the town of Coventry, Massachusetts, as snow falls and puts its icy grip on this isolated settlement. The book begins
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Christine Gardner
I really enjoyed this book.

This books grips you right from the start. The book starts by introducing you to the various characters during the blizzard and how the storm impacts each of them individually at that moment.

Unexplained, eerie events happen during the storm taking the lives of many people ultimately shaping the future for the people left behind.

The book then jumps 12 years ahead with another blizzard reticent of the previous one on the horizon bringing with it ghosts of the past, the
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Pamela
I couldn't put this book down. It begins with the main characters 12 years earlier when the first bad snowstorm hit the New England town of Coventry. Strange beings came with the storm. When the storm left, there were those found dead or disappeared. Twelve years later, some of those who had lost family members are grown up, adults who lost a family member or a friend, were older and the effects of those terrible losses had affected them all. But what was worse, a new snowstorm was coming.

It wa
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Jack Haringa
SNOWBLIND ranks among the very best of Christopher Golden's novels, alongside the much-lauded Strangewood, The Ferryman, and Wildwood Road for its evocation of fear, strangeness, and the real reactions of the average person in the face of the inexplicable. Golden manages a large cast of characters without giving any of them short shrift--each has depth and complexity warranting his or her role in the novel. The town of Coventry seems very much a real place, and the storms it weathers come alive ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

In the midst of a raging blizzard, more than a dozen people in the small New England town of Coventry lose their lives. A young boy falls from a window, a teen is electrocuted while sledding and others simply wandered into the snow, their bodies discovered only after the storm passed, though some are never found at all. Twelve years later another blizzard approaches the town and with it comes the memories of that dark time..and something else.

Despite the heatwave my town is currently enduring, I
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Timothy Pecoraro
Snowblind was an incredibly hard book to get into. I spent the first three quarters of the book wishing for it to end. The pacing is so slow and arduous that you wondered whether the author had actually read the book before putting out there. Snowblind is one of those old school Stephen King/Dean Koontz sorts of stories. Which means that it characterizes each and every character in the book to the point where by the climax you should be completely in love with them or at least that these could ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Horror
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Snowblind is one of those rare horror novels that has left me not ever wanting to see snow again and I grew up in the snow belt of Upstate New York. I literally had goosebumps while I was reading this book, and the anticipation was killing me as I was trying to get an insight into what exactly the creatures were that were causing so much grief for the residents. I can honestly say that I'm GLAD I waited until I returned from NY to Florida before reading thi
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more
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