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Snowbound [Kindle Edition]

Blake Crouch
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,075 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Brilliant!”

—John Lescroart on Abandon

For Will Innis and his daughter, Devlin, the loss was catastrophic. Will’s wife, Devlin’s mother, vanished one night during an electrical storm on a lonely desert highway and, suspected of her death, Will took his daughter and fled. Then one night, a hardedged FBI agent appears on their doorstep and says, “I know you’re innocent, because Rachael wasn’t the first…or the last.”


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From Publishers Weekly

At the start of this overwrought thriller from Crouch (Abandon), attorney Will Innis's wife, Rachael, fails to come home from a late night at work. Her car is found on an Arizona desert highway, the driver's side window smashed, but no sign of blood. After a belligerent cop interrogates him about his wife's disappearance, Will packs up his 11-year-old daughter, Devlin, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, and flees. Five years pass until FBI agent Kalyn Sharp tracks down Will, who's lived in several towns under various identities, to tell him she believes he's innocent. For a lawyer, Will is incredibly gullible. Based on nothing, he fears he'll be prosecuted, and Devlin will have no one to take care of her. He forgets that the girl has loving grandparents as well as aunts and uncles, and ignores that her disease, though in remission, can be life threatening. He accepts Kalyn's involvement with little thought. The story comes to a less than credible climax at a remote Alaskan resort. (June)
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From Booklist

*Starred Review* From the first sentence of this thriller, it’s clear that bad times lie ahead for the Innis family of Ajo, Arizona—but just how bad is nearly beyond comprehension. When Rachel Innis vanishes, local authorities focus on her husband, Will, as the perpetrator. Fearing wrongful conviction that will take him away from his 11-year-old daughter, Devlin, who has cystic fibrosis, Will flees with Devi and they take new identities. Five years later, FBI Agent Kalyn Sharp tracks Will down with news that Rachel was not the only woman to disappear in the same manner and that Kalyn’s sister was among those who vanished. Kalyn has determined that Javier Estrada, a cruelly expert mercenary, is the kidnapper of the women, but she needs Will’s help in finding the victims. The quest takes them to the snowbound Lodge That Doesn’t Exist in remote Alaska, and Kalyn and Javier—both skilled, courageous, and coldly calculating—become worthy adversaries. Crouch (Abandon, 2009) builds suspense as lines blur between good and bad and plot twists continue to the last sentence. Absolutely compelling reading; not for the faint of heart. --Michele Leber

Product Details

  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; 1 edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P9VZ7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,142 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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85 of 92 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars far from being Blake Crouch's best book July 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am a huge fan of Blake Crouch! That and the fact that, living in Europe I had to wait for a considerable period of time for this book to be available on my Kindle, had me eagerly waiting, and waiting, and waiting for Snowbound.

The bar having been set so high, things could only turn downhill, regrettably.

The book starts very well, the scene you get transported to is vintage Crouch, but, suddendly, it turns out to be a book like hundreds of other books, with nothing worth keeping in memory.

You can read the book, and a lot of people will certainly enjoy it immensely. It just is not Blake Crouch's best. Might even be his worst.
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69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This is one of the strangest thrillers I have encountered, still very readable for all its faults. Once accepting the incredible naiveté of the protagonist, Will Innes, it is possible to temporarily buy into an unlikely scenario that involves a missing woman, a renegade FBI agent and a lucrative criminal enterprise that originates from within the Mexican drug cartel. The biggest obstacle is Will Innes, at attorney in the southwest whose wife goes missing on her way home one night from her job near the Mexico-Arizona border. Clearly Rachael Innes has been abducted, the violence attending that disappearance an indication of the seriousness of her predicament. And as detectives eventually turn suspicious eyes on the spouse, Innes decides to flee to places unknown with his young daughter.

Devlin has cystic fibrosis, the disease currently contained by specific treatments. Will refuses to take the chance that he might be arrested and separated from his child, leaving Devlin without the comfort of either parent. Living under assumed identities, father and daughter are fairly secure until FBI agent Kalyn Sharp appears on their doorstep in Colorado, convincing a reluctant Will to return with her to Phoenix to identify the man behind Rachael's disappearance, Javier Estrada. This is where the leap of faith comes in, Will's belief that Kalyn can shield him from the consequences of his flight and solve the case with Estrada's arrest.

The rest is a crazy quilt of on-the-fly plans to hit Estrada through his family and force him to reveal the bizarre excuse for Rachael's abduction.
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Snowbound? S'no Way April 3, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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 at least 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 appeal than opening this book to start another chapter. At that point, I said to myself, "Self, thank goodness I got this one through one of the free book sites."

Still, I persisted. That is, till it got worse. And when I'd slogged to the 65% mark, I finally said hold enough. There's no way I want to suffer any more fools just so I can say I'm not a quitter.

The book (which, by the way, managed to earn an average of 4.2 stars from 159 reviewers at the time I downloaded it at Amazon) begins with a decent premise. When Will Innis and his 11-year-old daughter Devlin, who has cystic fibrosis and needs daily therapy, discover that their wife/mother has disappeared, an apparent kidnapping/murder. When the police begin to hound Innis as the probable killer, he packs up his daughter, comes up with new identities and moves to a new town where they somehow manage to live comfortably for five years. Suddenly, they're "discovered" by Kalyn, a female FBI agent who, as it turns out, is no longer an agent but has learned not only the Innis's identity, but the name of the mercenary who kidnapped her. Turns out Will's wife isn't the only one who's been his victim - apparently, she one of several to be captured as part of a human trafficking operation.
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112 of 127 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible. Just Terrible. February 8, 2013
By Tony H
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I don't pray very often, but I prayed more than once while reading this novel that it would just end. The story was implausible-to say the least. Man trained wolf packs, wealthy men willing to pay millions to have sex with pregnant women, massive plot failures and a twist at the end that left me rolling my eyes. If I were the author, I would pull this novel from circulation to protect my reputation.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ... at best. August 4, 2013
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This is the first book I have read, by author Blake Crouch. It is likely the last. The best part of this book was that it was a quick read. I finished it in just three evenings.

The plot was to fantastic to be even remotely believable, settings were poorly described, and many of the characters were weakly developed. To top it all off, it read at about a seventh grade level.

The story actually started off well, but quickly fell apart as events continued to become more outlandish. By the time the story had moved into the Alaskan wilderness I had lost interest in the story but kept reading to see what the next unbelievable plot twist would be.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lending library expired, didn't get to finish it
Was pretty good until my prime account expired. Since it was a borrowed book from prime library, they took the book off my kindle the next day, so I couldn't finish it.
Published 1 day ago by Connie T.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Exciting and Captivating Suspense Novel"
This suspenseful story takes one nearly 4,000 miles from Ajo, Arizona to the coldest and most wild parts of Alaska. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Nancy of Utah
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars
I love Blake Crouch. He always keeps me interested and usually on the edge of my seat. This was definitely not disappointing!
Published 2 days ago by Debra Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This was the first I'd read anything of Mr. Crouch's. I thoroughly enjoyed it. After the first few pages, I was indeed hooked. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Jamison
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining easy aread
Reasonably well constructed story. Unlikely twists and turns hold your interest. I didn't like the women at the lodge story line but it was still a good read.
Published 3 days ago by irisheyes1125
5.0 out of 5 stars who's review
Excellent read. I was sorry I finished the book so fast.
Published 3 days ago by Gretchen Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars Snowbound.
Kept me in suspense.
Published 4 days ago by R. Meredith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer, great story
He has quickly become one of my favorite suspense authors. His stories always draw you in and keep you guessing.
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful
This book kept my attention from the first chapter. The character of devein and her father were believable. I will read this author again.
Published 4 days ago by Karen E. Lawder
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Couldn't put the book down! Not everything is believable, but the author has you on the edge of your seat right from the beginning.
Published 5 days ago by carlson
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More About the Author

Blake Crouch is the author of over a dozen bestselling suspense novels, including the international runaway bestselling series Wayward Pines, now a Major Television Event From Executive Producer M. Night Shyamalan, Starring Matt Dillon, airing on FOX May 14th.

His short fiction has appeared in numerous short story anthologies, and his longer fiction has been shortlisted for the International Thriller Award.

Blake lives in Colorado. To learn more about what he is doing, check out his website, www.blakecrouch.com, follow him on Twitter - @blakecrouch1 - or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/blake.crouch.9

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