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Atmospheric and Eerie But Missing Something,
This review is from: Cover of Snow: A Novel (Hardcover)
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Nora Hamilton is a restorer of old houses, in the midst of just starting a new business called Phoenix. Her husband, Brendan, is on the local police department. They have a happy marriage, one that is close and intimate. One morning, after making love the night before, she wakes up feeling drugged and feels like things are not right in the house. For one thing, she overslept and she knows her husband would have wakened her because she had an appointment with a new client. She walks through the house and she finds her husband - he had hanged himself and was dead.
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.