Friday, September 27, 2013

Book Review: Winter Chill

Author: Joanne Fluke
Title: Winter Chill
Publisher: Kensington
Publish Date: August 6, 2013
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: 
A Small Town. . .

The moment Marian Larsen sees the patrol car stop outside her house, she feels a shiver of foreboding. The news is even worse than she feared. Marian's husband and young daughter have been in a snowmobile crash. Dan is paralyzed and Laura is dead, her body broken on the icy ground.

. . .With A Chilling Secret

Friends and colleagues in Marian's Minnesota hometown rally around to try and ease her grief. But soon there are more horrible accidents. Then the rumors start--that these are not coincidences at all, that someone is picking off victims one by one. And as winter deepens, the search for answers will reveal a killer whose blood runs colder than the blinding snow. . .

Review: Before Hannah Swenson and The Cookie Jar, Joanne Fluke wrote some psychological thrillers, Winter Chill is one of them. Now if you are expecting a cozy mystery like the Hannah novels you may find yourself disappointed. This book is nothing at all like the Hannah books.

For starters, this book is very dark. It starts with the death of a young girl on a snowmobile with her father. Her dad is paralyzed as a result.

There's a lot of grief to be dealt with and neither parent is doing it well. Both have a whole lot of issues and the first part of the story creeps along as they start to deal with them, some in better ways than others.

It all starts with Dan leaving a note as Laura for Marian, to ease her grief, but when Marian keeps getting more notes things get strange and then they get stranger. Marian seems to lose grip on reality, thinking that Laura is with her and she asks for things....and then friends and family start ending up dead.

It is creepy...very very creepy, and definitely not the type of book I'm used to reading by Joanne Fluke.

The plot was what kept me reading after one event that normally would have me cast aside the book, because I wanted to see who else was going to get bumped off. (In my case, I hated that Muffy, the family dog was one of the victims)

As things go on, you see how Marian and Dan's relationship is falling apart, as is the case with many families when a child is lost in such a horrific manner.

Fluke does a great job bringing out the weird in Marian and the guilt infested self pity of Dan. While this is not my favorite novel by Joanne, it was a good read and it gives long time readers a taste of something different.

Rating: 4 flowers


Rita_h said...

I realized by checking Amazon that it is actually a re-release of an older book.
I do want to read it, having read none of the author's current series, I won't be biased one way or the other. Thanks for a good review.

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