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(Kathy Ryan #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  433 ratings  ·  135 reviews
“True Detective” meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread from acclaimed author Mary SanGiovanni….

It begins with a freak snowstorm in May. Hit hardest is the rural town of Colby, Connecticut. Schools and businesses are closed, powerlines are down, and police detective Jack Glazier has found a body in the snow. It appears to be
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Published September 27th 2016 by Lyrical Underground (first published September 21st 2015)
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Dan Schwent
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, 2017-books
A blizzard in late May is the least of the town of Colby's problems. A string of cult murders points to a cult bent on opening a gate to another world and it's up to a group of homicide detectives to stop them...

Yeah, it may have been a case of wrong book, wrong time, or the fact that I just finished After the End of the World, a book with some similarities to this one, but I never really grabbed on to Chills.

The blurb describes this as "True Detective meets HP Lovecraft," which really sparked m
"Evil in a small town" is a trope that appeals to me very much, especially when it's well done. Combine it with a smidge of cosmic horror and a heaping helping of police procedural and voila! You have the recipe for Chills.

You might actually GET the chills while reading this book. Atmosphere is a favorite facet of dark storytelling for me and this book has it in spades. The snow is constantly falling over the small town of Colby, Connecticut. It's created drifts, because the wind is howling and
Laurie  |  LOHF
Sep 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blog Bark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey.

*I received an ARC from Netgalley with an unspoken promise to pen a review. Here it is.

Investigators are attempting to figure out who left a dead body with a strange occult marking lying around just as an unseasonable snow storm starts moving in. This isn’t just any old winter storm either. This storm brings with it man-eating monsters!

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The writer had me at flesh eating monsters but
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
What can I say will keep this a short review the plot was intriguing but this was way out of my comfort zone occult killings a snow storm as the snow fell more bodies show up with the same occult markings but WHO DID IT AN ANIMAL OR SOMETHING OR SOMEONE MORE SINISTER!! this book was not for me but the intensity was high.
Michael Hicks
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, netgalley
I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a slump with my horror reads of late, with the last few titles being more misses than hits, the bad outweighing the good. Chills is a title that I’ve been looking forward to, ever since it was previously released as a signed, limited edition hardcover from Thunderstorm under the title The Blue People. I secured a copy of that edition earlier this year, but opted to keep it pristine and instead read an advanced copy of the Kensington Books edition on Kindle.

Jon Recluse
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
When a rogue late season snow storm cuts off the town of Colby, Connecticut, the weather proves to be the least of problems for the stranded locals. Bodies are turning up in the snow, victims of ritual murder and something far worse. Joining forces with an enigmatic occult crime expert, police detective Jack Glazier finds himself in a race against time, for as the snow rises, so does the body count....and the bizarre goes off the charts. A cult has come to Colby, one with the keys needed to unle ...more
Mary SanGiovanni's "The Blue People" is a beautifully produced book from Thunderstorm Books. The dust jacket is stunning.

"The Blue People" takes place in Colby, Connecticut. The month is late May, almost June, yet the snow continues to inexplicably fall. The town is completely cut off from the outside world. no cell service, no phone service, no communications except within the town limits itself.

Then the killing starts.

A poorly defined cult of six or eight acolytes has found the key to open a d
Jul 11, 2016 rated it liked it
“True Detective” meets H.P. Lovecraft in this chilling novel of murder, mystery, and slow-mounting dread."

If that tagline hits all your buttons, then Chills promises to be a damned fine read. Personally, I would have liked a bit more Lovecraft and a little less True Detective, but I cannot complain about the murder or the dread. This is a monstrous tale with a serious body count in the opening chapters, and I loved that Mary SanGiovanni didn't tease the reader with her monsters - they're right t
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fattails and Spider hands and Anglerfish, oh my!

Not to mention occult detectives, the Blue Man group and a gaggle of crazy cultists bent on trying to bring about a true New World Order.

Or bring back the Old World Order is more like it.

This was good. I enjoyed it. The storyline flowed and I really liked the writing style, which felt effortless and easy. My only peeve is that there were too many “nasties” running around to really focus on one or two. They were excellent “nasties”… just too many o
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
3 stars: I liked the book.

This book is a combination police procedural and HP Lovecraft monster story, and the mixture makes for a fast-paced, high-body-count, quick-reading horror novel. There's a bit of an info dump at the beginning, and a slightly abrupt ending, but neither of these things decreased my enjoyment of this book. The inter-dimensional monsters were properly creepy (and ravenous!), and SanGiovanni's writing was stripped-down and frenetic--perfect for the subject matter. I especial
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
It was the hope of reading something really chilling was what drove me to read this book. And, at first, I thought that it would turn out to be pleasant reading. I liked the feeling of a doomed city that is taken over by snow monsters and a little group of people trying to save the town, and the world. However, somewhere along the way the story just lost the appeal for me. I think one of the main reason was that the characters were not very memorable. In the end, I think Morris was the only one ...more
The Behrg
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whenever you hear great things about a book or movie, it tends to set you up for disappointment. Either you raise the bar of your expectations too high or you find yourself comparing what's presented before you with what you imagined in your mind.

New to SanGiovanni's work, after reading quite a few rave reviews, I decided to test the waters. All I can say is, "Come on in. The water's fine."

Chills is a superbly crafted gem of a novel, taking the "small-town up against unspeakable evil" approach
Andi Rawson
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally titled as The Blue People from Thunderstorm Books (as a gorgeous signed/limited edition), this was the first book that I read by Mary SanGiovanni and was enough to make me want to read everything I could find by her. Which prompted my requesting the next new book I saw from her without actually realizing I'd already read it - oops. :)

There's a freak snowstorm in Colby, Connecticut. Even freakier are the bodies showing up that appear to be occult killings. When the gods that this dark
*Alternate name of novel is CHILLS*

THE BLUE PEOPLE, by Mary SanGiovanni, is a novel that blends cult activities and the supernatural--or "great gods"--against the unlucky inhabitants of Colby, Connecticut. Detectives Jack Glazer, Reece Teagan, and Oliver Morris represent the Colby Township Homicide Department. When an extreme weather blitz of freezing snow and ice hits the town in late May, it's merely a prelude to events that a certain cult are trying to unleash there. ". . . believing in ev
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Chills is Mary San Giovanni's mash up of Lovecraftian horrors from beyond this dimension with a police procedural results in something quite new and engaging. Starting out in the fairly standard fashion of a unit of detectives examining the remains of a murder victim, San Giovanni wastes little time in accelerating events so that all manner of deadly creatures are soon running rampant. Four detectives must band together to determine what is happening and why, and put a stop to proceedings before ...more

Demonic blue snowmen, serial killers, cults, dark dimensions, The Old Ones! - you know what we have here? The SyFy Channels movie of the week.

You know you love them.
Here’s a handy list:

I can already see this on the list:
Winter of the Old Ones.
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Story - 3.5 Stars
Narration - 4.5 Stars

Small-town Cops vs Lovecraftian Horrors

"CHILLS" by Mary Sangiovanni was pretty good. It didn't really "grab" me, but it was good enough that I'll read more of this author's work.
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Every once in a while I want to read a horror book. What can I say? I like them from time to time, So I did a search on the internet "best horror books of 2016" and this book came up. Sorry, but I would not put this book on my "best of" list.

The book begins with a freak snowstorm in May. The town that is hit the worst is Colby, Connecticut. Powerlines are down, schools and businesses are closed, people are staying indoors to wait out the storm.

Detective Jack Glazier has found a body hanging up
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
It's been a long, hard winter. It's now May and and winter has its tentacles curled around Colby, CT. As the snow continues to fall with no end in sight, Colby finds itself cut off from the outside world.

I found CHILLS to be one of Mary SanGiovanni's best stories yet - combining horror, police procedural and a bit of romance. This had something I missed in some of her other books, a fully developed plot and characters. I know it may not make sense, but my complaint is that she intends to make i
Sep 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror

I was riveted when I started reading this book. Not only were the characters dealing with some terrifying things, but they are in small town Colby, Connecticut. It was not hard for me to imagine a town like Colby in Connecticut. Small towns abound in this state where snow storms are common and the people are self sufficient.

This story starts with a ritualistic murder. Kathy, occult expert is brought in to help with case. In the meantime it is May and snow is falling at an alarming rate. The town
Sarah Joint
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not have picked a better night to read this book. As I read about the town of Colby being engulfed by snow, fluffy flakes were falling outside my own windows. What better time to read a book called Chills than during a snowstorm? That's where life imitating art stopped, thank goodness. My recommendation is to read it as the snow flies... unless you are "unlucky" enough to have warm temperatures.

I must confess, I like my horror more human and less supernatural. I went into this book know
Sci-Fi & Scary
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chills was an almost perfect horror read. Lots of atmosphere, tons of tension, a body count of nearly ridiculous levels all play their part. The author gives the reader a welcome, fast but steady burn of a read that will have them on the edge of their seat. While its not flawless (there's a bit of an issue with a plethora of references to a certain creature), it is nonetheless a book you just can't put down. It's one of those books that you start for 'just a chapter', and end up closing the cove ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I liked the unique setting in this, but that was probably it's best feature. The first half just seemed like it was an excuse to kill people in different ways. However, the middle was strong, with lots of suspense and good character moments. But the end was very lack luster. I literally had one of those "that's it?" moments during the climax. It was a very disappointing ending after a pretty good middle.

I did enjoy the writing style of SanGiovanni (I will be checking out more of her work), but
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In the town of Colby, Connecticut, a bizarre snowstorm has struck, but what has the townspeople puzzled and perhaps a bit worried is this has happened in May. Then the bodies are found, horribly mutilated and carved with arcane symbols. The police detectives turn to a specialist familiar with such horrible crimes and they at first believe it might be the work of a satanic cult.

But what's behind the late winter storm and brutal, shocking and disturbing murders is worse beyond anything they could
A solid 3 1/2 stars.

I liked this, I wouldn't say I loved it, but I read through it pretty quick, although I felt the ending was a bit rushed. It wasn't scary as such, but the thought of (view spoiler) at the end had my heart pounding and kept me reading into the wee small hours.

Will definitely read more of SanGiovanni's work.
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked the book well enough but it wasn’t what I expected from the description. It seemed to be much more on the witchcraft/demon-craft side than I really like. I did like the characters and how they interacted with one another. While the book does have a bit of spookiness to the story…I found that it began to flatten out and become repetitive. The author did do a pretty good job of describing and creating atmosphere in the small Connecticut town but the reader never really got a feel for how l ...more
Jul 31, 2016 rated it liked it
A storm is coming, and there is an unimaginable evil in it. This is no ordinary storm, and starting with the discovery of a ritualistic murder victim we are given just a taste of what's ahead. Jack Glazier had worked homicide for 9 years, but he had never seen anything like this. Kathy Ryan is brought in on the investigation, Kathy is an expert on ritual and occult type murders and bears the scar of her first brush with the Hand of the Black Stars cult.....and then the snow starts.. and people a ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Slow mounting terror. Yep. That about describes it.

This book started out well enough, but for me, it lost pace after the first few chapters and then I really struggled to stay with it for the duration. Don't get me wrong, the writing wasn't bad, but the character and plot development took over for such long stretches, that I nearly put the book down and went on to something else. That coupled with the weirdness of the creatures and the unusual way the story went, and I was doomed to not love th
Janet Robel
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this from NetGalley.

This is one creepfest you won't soon forget! Filled with lots of gore and dead bodies piling up make this a great classic horror that will give you quite a scare. You can lock your windows and doors but nothing will stop these creatures from getting inside. I was due for a definite change in my reading and this was perfect to shake things up. I love coming across a good horror novel because they are few and far between these days. The descriptions of
Somer Canon
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
There just aren't enough stories out there about creepy cults trying to summon otherworldly creatures to destroy the planet. This one, being a great example of just such a story, does not disappoint. ...more
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Mary SanGiovanni is the author of over twenty books in horror and supernatural thrillers. Her fiction has appeared in periodicals and anthologies for the last decade. She has a Masters degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, Pittsburgh, where she studied under genre greats. She is currently a member of The Authors Guild, The International Thriller Writers, and Penn Writers, a ...more

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“It's... no, nothing." She grunted, turning from the screen with her vodka. "I'm starting to think Morris is right. We're just f---ed. Us, Colby, the whole human race."

"Maybe," Teagan said noncommittally. "Some days I believe that. I look at this f---ed up bloody world and see we don't be needing the likes of monster-gods with unpronounceable names to come and do the job for us. We do just fine screwing ourselves, don't we?”
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