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Cover of Snow: A Novel Hardcover – January 15, 2013
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“Milchman reveals an intimate knowledge of the psychology of grief, along with a painterly gift for converting frozen feelings into scenes of a forbidding winter landscape.”—The New York Times
“Milchman makes [readers] feel the chill right down to their bones and casts a particularly effective mood in this stylish thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Milchman tackles small-town angst where evil can simmer under the surface with a breathless energy and a feel for realistic characters.”—The Seattle Times
“The plot unfolds at an excellent clip . . . ultimately rushing headlong to a series of startling revelations.”—San Francisco Journal of Books
“Milchman expertly conveys Nora’s grief in a way that will warm hearts even in the dead of a Wedeskyull winter.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Everything a great suspense novel should be—tense, emotional, mysterious, and satisfying . . . Let’s hope this is the start of a long career.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Wanted Man
“Cover of Snow is a darkly atmospheric first novel that challenges all sorts of romantic notions we might harbor about small towns and the people we think we can trust. Luckily, heroine Nora Hamilton—and writer Jenny Milchman—have the skill and fortitude to lead readers through a suspenseful story of switchbacks and surprises. A mystery that will draw in fans of darker fare as well, Cover of Snow is reminiscent of Margaret Maron’s work, which is about the highest praise I can bestow.”—Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of And When She Was Good
“A terrific debut.”—Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seconds Away
More About the Author
Her short story 'The Closet' was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in 2012, and another short story, 'The Very Old Man', in 2014. The short work 'Black Sun on Tupper Lake' appears in the anthology ADIRONDACK MYSTERIES II.
Jenny is a board member and Vice President of International Thriller Writers, responsible for Author Porgrams. She is also the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which was celebrated in all 50 states and four foreign countries by over 700 bookstores in 2013. Jenny hosts the Made It Moments forum on her blog, which has featured more than 250 international bestsellers, Edgar winners, and independent authors. Jenny co-hosts the literary series Writing Matters, which attracts guests coast-to-coast and has received national media attention. She also teaches writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop and Arts By The People.
Top Customer Reviews
Nora wakes up groggy on morning after a night of passionate love making to find that her husband, a cop in the small New York town, has hanged himself in the attic. Nora is completely shocked by his suicide and wants to find out what would drive her husband to kill himself. But asking questions in his hometown is proving to be more dangerous than she suspected.
Sinister and creepy, Cover of Snow is populated by interesting characters who all seem to be keeping secrets. Nora has never felt completely accepted by her husband's friends and family but now she realizes she is more of an outcast than she thought. Well paced with just enough clues to keep the reader constantly guessing and enough eerie events to keep the reader freaked out, I could not put the book down until I had experienced the dramatic and revealing ending. Without giving anything away, I must admit that I felt several of the characters were flat and the ending doesn't completely satisfy.
Since the characters are experiencing the cold and snow of an upstate New York winter, Cover of Snow was a great book to cuddle up with while sheltering from the freezing temperatures.
I don't really know what to say. I liked it and disliked it at the same time. It seems that opinions on this book swings either one way or another, but I am going to put my foot down on middle ground.
The book starts with Nora waking up and looking for her husband only to find that he has committed suicide. The beginning, I have to admit was very gripping and emotional, it managed to hold my attention for several chapters then it slowed down and become downright confusing.
I don't know if I was really attached to Nora. I felt bad for her, with her husband dying she had no one else in that town apparently. Though they lived there a while, she failed to make friends and her mother-in-law hates her guts. I still fail to see why...
The novel really had me running in circles, and if it wasn't for the ending, I wouldn't have been able to tie any of the connections together. The character was everywhere and nowhere at once. She stumbled upon clues and realized that she didn't even really know her husband... but she married him. Things just started falling out of the sky in the end, almost feels like it was time to reveal the deep secret of the book - which was shocking to say the least - but everything before that had my head spinning in circles. I failed to see the connections, and half the time it didn't feel like there was any.
So the ending, because it was so darn emotional and shocking, was a saving grace. When people's secrets started pouring out it became much more thrilling and dramatic. The other part of the ending, and I won't ruin which one - I could have went without. The news that Nora got in the very end after solving this big mystery had me going...Read more ›
Nora can't believe the things she is finding out. For one, Brendan got a prescription for a sedative a week before his suicide meaning he planned this out and sedated her the night before. She does not believe this is a suicide and so she is determined to find out what happened to him. If it is a suicide she wants to know why. Why would Brendan want to take his life?
Nora is stonewalled at every turn. There are secrets in her small town, ones that she is not supposed to find out. She is determined, however, to prove that her husband did not kill himself. Why, for instance, would he use twenty year-old rope when, as a police officer, he knew all about weapons.
The book is fairly formulaic and simply written. It is a good beach or plane read and I read it in two sittings. It is, as the publisher states, for readers who like Nancy Pickard and Lisa Unger. I am not a particular fan of either of them. The book is eerie and atmospheric at times, but it just didn't do it for me.
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The plot is predictable & the novel moves along at a snails pace.Published 12 days ago by Diane Patterson
I really enjoyed this book. It was a good story and was well written. I'm looking forward to reading more by this author.Published 16 days ago by Kathy P.
Frustratingly shallow with some interesting characters. If this had been fleshed out more and had better motivation it would be greatly improved. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TxSoccerChic
With great pace, this book kept me guessing to the end. Some good twist s I didn't see coming to make it even more interesting. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
This was a really great, frightening, psychological thriller. The story was so plausible, the fear so palpable, it made it easy to identify with Nora, and difficult to pit the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't understand how this book won ANY awards-it is terribly disjointed and wandering. It seems the author wanted to be sure to throw in as many adjectives as she could possible... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Constant Reader