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A Cold Season by Alison Littlewood
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it was ok

Cass is building a new life for herself and her young son Ben after the death of her soldier husband Pete, returning to the village where she lived as a child. But their idyllic new home is not what she expected: the other flats are all empty, there's strange graffiti on the walls, and the villagers are a bit odd. And when an unexpectedly heavy snowstorm maroons the village, things get even harder. Ben is changing, he's surly and aggressive and Cass's only confidant is the smooth, charming Theodore Remick, the stand-in headmaster. Not everyone approves of Cass's growing closeness to Mr Remick, and it soon becomes obvious he's not all he appears to be either. If she is to protect her beloved son, Cass is going to have to fight back. Cass realises this is not the first time her family have been targeted by Theodore Remick. But this time, the stakes are immeasurably higher...


I read this book in just over three hours. Not because I was so enthralled I couldn't put it down, but because I just wanted to get to the end. Don't get me wrong, this book wasn't horrifically bad - if it had been I just wouldn't have bothered finishing it. It was just that, from roughly Chapter 3 onwards, it was just very very obvious what was going to happen and I spent the rest of the time getting through it as quickly as I could to see if I was right or not. I was. They say that there is no such thing as an original story any more (and to a degree, that is kind of true) but this book took it to the extreme. Everything about it has been done a hundred times before. From the second Cass (the central and very undeveloped character) drove her young son across the misty moors it was very clear where this book was going. I wanted to be surprised, I really did,but I wasn't. In fact, I think I've seen the movie about 5 times too (Wickerman, Children of the Corn, at least two old Hammer House episodes,The League of Gentlemen)
What can I say? It's fairly inoffensive and will pass a couple of hours if you want to switch your brain off, but if your'e looking for chills and suspense, this book doesn't deliver. And the ending is daft as well as predictable.
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August 11, 2012 – Shelved
August 12, 2012 – Started Reading
August 12, 2012 – Finished Reading

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