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Snow Creek: An absolutely gripping mystery thriller (Detective Megan Carpenter) Paperback – November 18, 2019
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This book is a "who done it" story. The writing is so gripping that I feel I am right there with the characters. So many lives were intertwined and that is what makes it so fascinating. I cannot wait until I read the next Detective Megan Carpenter book. Would highly recommend.
I thought I had the plot figured out early on, and never imagined the twists that were added as the story played out. There are multiple subplots that are woven together, some merely minor bits and pieces while others greatly impact the main mystery. The storytelling in “Snow Creek” is the book’s five-star element.
The characters in the book are flat, which affects an important aspect, motivation. At times it was difficult to suspend disbelief and I found myself continually questioning the characters’ actions. It is a credit to Mr. Olsen’s presentation that the weak motivations did not cause the story to fall apart. While the multiple storylines offered the chance to develop many different characters, it became harder and harder to believe that most of them were coldhearted and prone to criminal tendencies.
Detective Megan Carpenter offers a first-person view of the action. Unfortunately, much of her character development is dependent upon long flashbacks, some of which last for chapters. It seemed immediately obvious that Mr. Olsen plans to keep Detective Carpenter around for many books, and I initially thought that it would have been better to reveal more about her past in subsequent novels. When the book ended in a cliffhanger enabled by the long flashbacks, I felt deflated. While the Snow Creek mystery had been solved, the ham-handed ploy to get readers to purchase the next book was unnecessary. For me, it caused the exact opposite reaction.
Bottom line: Great plot with unexpected twists tainted by characters displaying motivations that I questioned and long information dumps that in the end only served the purpose of introducing a major plotline in the next book. This could have been a fantastic read. Three stars.
Others have described the ending as a cliffhanger but I don't find that an apt description of how he just abruptly ended the book. It's like he stopped writing for the day to go eat dinner or go to bed and never showed up to write again. The Michael Connelly and Robert Dugoni series are better examples of how to tell one complete story about a character in the book but still leave the reader wanting to know more and looking forward to the next one in the series.
I will not be reading the next book in this series by Olsen but hope that his other books will stay the same. This one was definitely not his best!
The author's storytelling skills weave the three stories into a suspenseful series of unpredictable events, highlighted with realistic character dialogues that reveal the surprising plotline. This is a fast, compelling read you'll want to finish quickly to a generally satisfying ending and a solid foundation for the next installment.
Loved the Audible narration that enlivened the well-written story. The narrator's dramatic touches we not distracting.
I look forward to the next book and plan to read other Gregg Olsen books before then.
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