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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, 309 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
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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” t
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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
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, autographed
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
Diane S ☔
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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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Carol
Jan 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosts, ebook, read-2015
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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J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
A scary winter horror story that will make your blood run cold. The premise was expertly handled, and the characters felt quite real. SNOWBLIND is a winner.
Shelby *trains 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
Paula
It's been years since I've read a horror book. Snowblind by Christopher Golden was available one night when I needed a new ebook to read on my Kindle. Based in a small New England town called Coventry, a major snow storm hit the town 12 years ago and caused many unexplained deaths. 12 years later another blizzard has been forcast and puts everyone in a frenzy with good reason. The ice people riding the storm visit the town again and with them are ghosts from the past.

Snowblind is entertaining a
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Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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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J. Fenn
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
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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AH
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Hmmm.....How do I rate this book?

What I liked:
The book is well written. Christopher Golden has a way with words and I know that I'll be reading more books by this author in the future. I liked the focus on the characters of the book. In many ways, this book reminded me of the early Stephen King books, however more attention was needed on the Big Bad.

What I disliked:
It takes a long time to find out what is really out there. I wish that there was more development on Big Bad; they weren't that sc
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Kimberly
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.....
Shaina
3.5*****
This town has a snow storm different from all others they have had before. It isn’t just the unusually sharp, biting winds that seem to have fingers, or the blinding torrents of snow that seem to go on dancing and seem to carry eerie whispers...
The storm eats and takes. It takes a lot from this little town. And it comes back, but it’s not the only thing that comes back.
This book takes snow storms, where we usually huddle up with tea, cocoa or something warm inside and exposes it as some
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Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
So the book starts out with an incident that happened 12 years ago in Coventry where quite a few people died. It occurred during a horrific snowstorm and the town never quite recovered. Now every time there is a blizzard in the air everyone becomes tense. When the story picks up 12 years later, the readers follows the lives of a few key characters. Once again a blizzard is one its way, but this time strange things begin happening. A young boy is almost killed in an accident and wakes up very dif ...more
Krystal
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
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.
Jon Recluse
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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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Gatorman
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Rachel Bea
Well now I'm going to be terrified during the next snow storm. creepy and satisfying read!!!
Liz Barnsley
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Brandie Lea Slicer
Mar 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
I have definitely found a new favorite Author and series. In the vein of Agatha Christie, which this Author has translated 14 works into Icelandic for comes tales of mystery and murder set in the most unlikely of places, Siglufordur, an isolated fishing village on the Northern coast of Iceland.
At the age of 24, Ari Thor Arason finds himself recruited, as a young policeman into a town where his boss, the chief, (Tomas) tells him "nothing ever happens."
This turns out to be rather prophetic as du
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Bracken
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Rachel
Sep 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This started out cozy and spooky but the second half felt long and drawn-out. There was very little mystery or suspense. The "battle-scene" and the entire end dragged. I just wanted to finish. Definitely a different type of horror book...although it was less horror and more family issues.
Jenny Boyce
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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
Oct 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Rob
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Note to publishers: Please don't market a book as "horror" if we have to spend 350 pages wading through small-town relationship drama before getting a climactic battle in the final 50 pages that we're now too bored to care about. You want plot summary? Snowblind is like a wintry Invasion of the Body Snatchers if every character had previously undergone a lobotomy. Two stars means it's worth exactly four sentences of review.
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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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