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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

#TheSnowKiller @greenwoodross @BoldwoodBooks

About The Snow Killer

Fear the north wind. Because no one will hear you scream…’

A family is gunned down in the snow but one of the children survives. Three years on, that child takes revenge and the Snow Killer is born. But then, nothing - no further crimes are committed, and the case goes cold.

Fifty years later, has the urge to kill been reawakened? As murder follows murder, the detective team tasked with solving the crimes struggle with the lack of leads. It’s a race against time and the weather – each time it snows another person dies.

As an exhausted and grizzled DI Barton and his team scrabble to put the pieces of the puzzle together, the killer is hiding in plain sight. Meanwhile, the murders continue…

The first in a new series, Ross Greenwood has written a cracking, crackling crime story with a twist in its tale which will surprise even the most hardened thriller readers. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.

My review of The Snow Killer

The Snow Killer is a fast paced, captivating  and thoroughly enjoyable police thriller. I devoured this book in a few short sittings, as I could not put it down. Full of twists and turns, characters you actually care about and a killer who is genuinely chilling, I loved every aspect of this book.

I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but this book just screamed out to be picked up and read, and I'm so glad I did.

The opening chapters transport us back fifty years. A family is murdered in the winter, on snow covered ground, in cold blood, with only one child surviving. These early chapters are harrowing, haunting, stark and set the scene for what is about to come. We need this information to process what happens later on in the story.  It helps us to understand why the killer makes certain decisions and why they choose to kill. This adds great depth and understanding to the story. It's a police thriller with a concience. A tale of morality and that we are all driven by our past.

Leading the investigation is DI John Barton. A detective for our troubled modern times, and I really liked him. I actually found him to be a breath of fresh air. A family man, middle aged, married, and who does not have a drink or drug problem. I actually wondered what his vice was, but as am yet to find out. He's a reliable, stoical and hard-working detective who wants to catch the bad guy. But it was interesting to see how he balanced his work life with his personal life. A gentle giant who you can't help but like and admire.

The Snow Killer is a ripping good yarn. It's a gripping read and ticks all the boxes. A killer with a complex past and personality. A plot with so many twists and turns it gives you whiplash and a leading detective who you care deeply about. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the second instalment in the series. Bring it on!

With thanks to the publisher for the Advanced Reader Copy.

The Snow Killer is published by Boldwood Books on 12th November.