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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  6,159 ratings  ·  536 reviews
Catastrophe hits when Will and Devlin Innis lose their wife and mother one stormy night on a lonely desert highway. Will under suspicion, they flee. Suddenly a hard-edged FBI agent appears on their doorstep. “I know you’re innocent, because Rachael wasn’t the first ... or the last.”
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Minotaur Books (first published 2010)
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SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
Let me preface this review by saying I really enjoy this author's books. However, it was too difficult to suspend my reality for most of this book.
I thought a lot of the characters were unbelievable and their actions/reactions implausible. I thought the book started strong and began a downward spiral at about 20%.
Though I would love to divulge some of the plot twists had me rolling my eyes,it will spoil it for folks who want to read the book.
Suffice it to say,if this is your first foray into
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Jennifer
Snow Bound is a standalone thriller written by Blake Crouch. The brief synopsis of this book in no way prepared me for what was to come. There are some dark themes running through this mystery/thriller and to say the ending was a surprise is putting it lightly. Overall, a good thriller that was fast-paced and engaging. Personally, I desperately needed more character development to help me care more for all involved and I think feeling more connected to the characters would have heightened the ...more
Dianne
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
It happened in the blink of an eye, one minute they were a happy family, the next Rachael is missing and Will is the chief suspect. What will their young, fragile daughter do on her own without either of them to watch over her? Will is left with one answer; run, fast and far and avoid putting down roots too firmly. Even the best plans can get waylaid when an FBI agent finds them, in spite of their new identities. Kaylan doesn’t want to arrest Will or take Devlin away, she
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Bill
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well done and thought out thriller from Mr. Crouch. The characters were fleshed out nicely and there was plenty of action and twists to keep this one going at a brisk pace until the very end.

I listened to this one on audio and the narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, really nailed it. I was never once thrown out of the story or confused about events playing out, as sometimes happens to me when I am listening to a read and get slightly distracted. An easy listening voice with spot on cadence and tone.
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Pat
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Of course it was bloody unbelievable, it was Blake Crouch! Do we read SF/fantasy/horror and complain - 'oh it was so unbelievable?" No we don't. What about those dreary romance thingies where everyone lives happily ever after in loved-up bliss??

Just having a little rant. Will and Devlin (his daughter) Innes have the guts ripped out of their world when their wife/mother Rachel doesn't come home one night from working a bit late (she's a doctor). When the police get involved Will is shocked to
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✨Susan✨
This was a good story but parts reminded me of a fast action film, some parts are a little improbable, however, it was an interesting mystery with a surprising ending.

When a new lead in a very cold case arises a man and his daughter set out on a hopeful journey to find their missing wife and mother, who mysteriously disappeared five years earlier. I Think our society has far too many twisted people in it, the depths of human depravity are astounding.

Jeffrey Kafer's narration was done very well
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Matt Allen
Oct 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Blake Crouch can write. Let's make sure there's no mistake about that.

Snowbound was a unique experience for me. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy the writing. It wasn't that I didn't enjoy the characters. I certainly thought the hook for the plot was a great idea. That's not why I couldn't finish. None of that. Snowbound was the first book that I had to put down because of a plot development, in my mind, so off-key it ruined my trust in where the narrative was going.

I thought about it. I was
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Kate

I found this to be another solid read from Crouch, not one that knocked my socks off but good none the less.

The pacing was great and I found this to be a fast and engaging read. The characters were fairly likeable but there were none that I really connected to that well. I was somewhat disappointed with the character of Javier, after first encountering him in Afraid I expected a much nastier character, I don't think he was developed enough.

The story line was well executed although it was
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Kimberly
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Blake Crouch has of getting the readers into the emotional worlds of his characters. The action in this one starts off immediately. What really makes it a page-turner is the fact that you are sucked into the "emotional turmoil" and get to the point where you simply HAVE to know what is going to happen next! A very suspenseful, fast-moving read--recommended.
Char
This was a fun, imaginative, fast paced story.

However, some of the characters acted in ways that were just not believable and some of the situations were not plausible.
If you're not too picky about that kind of thing, or if you're easily able to set those things aside, then you would probably enjoy this fast paced thrill ride.
Kahri Lynn
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
A train wreck of a book. Couldn't look away, but thought less of myself because of that.
Monnie
Mar 31, 2013 rated it did not like it
Honestly, I don't remember the last time I quit reading before the end of a book; my Aries personality is always up for a challenge, and come hell or high water, I try to finish what I start.

Not this time.

The whole thing started with a few plot glitches and a titch of improbability, but it held my attention. By the time I got about a third of the way in, though, I realized that trouble was brewing; I was quite happy to put it down when anything else to do came along - shaving my legs had more
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WendyB
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, ha-tbr-2018
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Paul Vos Benkowski
Nov 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Shawn Thornton
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very entertaining, fun, fast paced thriller with a snowy backdrop. Wrap up and enjoy the ride.
Robjr73
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blake-crouch
This is one of those books that just moves at 100 mph, never slows down, and it's so easy to say "ok...one more chapter and I'm going to bed" and one turns into six pretty quick. Everything I've read so far by Crouch reads this way. No need to sum up the plot here as you can find that out pretty easy but this gets five stars for having me entertained nonstop for the week or so that I spent reading it. I will say that there are many unrealistic moments and times when characters act in ways that ...more
Susan Haught
I enjoy Blake Crouch books--but this one didn't quite live up to what I had expected. It was a bit boring at first, but once the story hit the 3/4 mark, picked up pace quickly. The characters made some decisions that seemed a bit hard to swallow, but who's to say how any one of us would react in the same situation?

Overall, the ending was quite good (the wolves--OMG) with a twist I did not see coming, and that's what saved the story IMO.

Though I didn't get into this one as much as some of his
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Ann Rodgers
Sep 02, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Adam Wilson
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Snowbound is my third Blake Crouch read and, like Desert Places and Run before it, recieves four stars. I give it four stars purely because of the enjoyment the book

gave me, but, because of its all-to-familiar plot and B-movie dialog, it probably doesn't deserve more than three. It reminded me a bit of the film Taken (only in

America) but a lot of horror/suspense novels can be compared to that. Much more relatable is Jeff Strand's second Andrew Mayhem novel, Single White Psychopath Seeks

Same.
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Rebecca
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-free
A certain amount of my issue with this book is quite simply it not being the style I like. I am more into mysteries and this is pretty much pure thriller. I did read all of it.

I don't like bad guy POV. The author uses the bad guy in the beginning but then neglects him and that just felt wrong. His POV ended up seeming unnecessary.

I absolutely hate sudden midscene POV shifts. Too many of those.

Site is misused.

1 shows up in place of letters multiple times.

Devlin is shown as a very smart and
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Clark Hallman
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Snowbound by Blake Crouch - Will Innis wakes up one morning to discover that his wife (Rachael) has not returned from work. The police find her deserted car on a lonely desert highway, but there is no sign of her. They accuse Will of murdering Rachael. Will and his young daughter (Devlin) go into hiding under assumed names in another state. After several years, an FBI officer (Kalyn) finds them, but she believes he is innocent. She has information about what might have happened to Rachael. Will, ...more
Randee
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I'm a fan of Blake Crouch and loved 'Abandon' and the 'Wayward Pines' series. However, 'Snowbound' just wasn't as good in my opinion. It was a page turner and interesting, but it didn't have me on the proverbial edge of my seat. It did have a nice little twist. I think the problem for me is rooted in the fact that the father/daughter and FBI agent who are the 3 main characters lack depth. Even though they are going through the motions to solve a case of disappearances, they didn't seem like ...more
Bandit
Dec 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, very nice. An actually thrilling thriller. Crouch has managed to keep suspense and surprises coming throughout the entire book. That along with strong writing made or a very compelling read. The characters are excellent, which really makes the story, since no amount of action can make up for soulless cardboard cutouts. Here there is family man whose life gets turned upside down, an FBI agent who is never what she seems, a marvelously well spoken antagonist, a properly appalling bunch of ...more
Robin Overman
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first heard of this author when I watched the Wayward Pines series on tv and loved it...I was hoping for more as he left it wide open at the end. Then I read Dark Matter and loved that! I decided to go back and read some of his other work. This book did not disappoint! I love the short chapters as it makes it seem to go faster. I loved the story line and the ending. I am now starting another book of his as I am addicted to his writing style.
Megan
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was interesting but had a lot going on. If the author had simplified a touch and gone with fewer crazy things it would have made the plot stronger. Still, entertaining and a good audiobook. Worth reading. 3.5 stars
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I read this book at the same time as Dean Koontz's Jane Hawk Series, some of the subject matter is related. Interesting twists and intense scenes, but not among my favorite by Blake Crouch. I prefer: Abandon, Dark Matter and Wayward Pines Trilogy. I still have some Blake Crouch novels to experience - I've so far only experienced those that are available on audiobook.

Two favorite lines from Snowbound:

Burgers, fries, bad salads, Mormons.
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"You're a really good liar, Dad."
Dez Nemec
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, audiobook, horror
Not my favorite book of his, but it was okay.
Shorty
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favorite Crouch novel. I spent too much time trying to suspend my beliefs during it. 3.5 stars, and all that.
Simon
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty good story. It reminds me of a solid 80s movie. Action, drama, really bad guys...
Tina Rae
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Blake Crouch or thriller fans
This is my third Blake Crouch book (to follow the trend of reviews on this book I've been reading...) the previous two being the Andy Thomas thrillers, Desert Places and Locked Doors. Those two I LOVED which is probably why I had such high hopes for this one. It definitely didn't disappoint. I pretty much flew through this book and enjoyed every minute of it.

The only thing that really seemed to bug me is some things in this book felt too, uh, easy, I guess. That's probably not the right word but
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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the ...more
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“If you let fear take hold, if you let it own you, your life ceases to be your own.” 8 likes
“It had been over fives years since they'd last been together. They talked and held one another and cried, all knowing in the back of their minds that they could sit on this bed for twenty years, for fifty, but it wouldn't matter. There would be no real catching up, no recovery of lost time, no understanding of the damage the separation had caused. They were different people now--haunted, ridden with scars and nightmares. There was no going back to that stormy July night in Ajo, Arizona. That Innis family was gone, and they would have to find themselves and one another again, start over, and pray that somehow the pieces fit back together.” 3 likes
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