- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Black Rapids Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: April 24, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CHXW7HM
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This is Mr. Maurer's first "book" - actually it's a novella due to it's short length, but I will be reading more of his works when they come out. It starts out as a murder mystery, cuts to a slice of life tale about about a ten-year-old growing up in the 1970's and then turns into one of the coolest "chase" scenes ever with a massive fight for survival. There's a twist at the end that I admittedly saw coming, but it was written well enough that it was still quite creepy.
I'm giving this five stars - I hated to put it down to go to bed.
There is not a lot I can add to this without telling too much since this story is short (approx 100 pages) and it starts with a slap on the face then backs things up a bit. You are lulled into a typical northern snow day away from school before things take a horrible turn. This is a great story packed into these 100 pages and I highly recommend you read it.
What a great little short story this author has offered up to his readers. Written in a narrative style and peppered with humorous dialogue which nails the adolescent mind and thought pattern perfectly, the author puts you in the middle of a nightmare which leaves you breathless and shaking. This story encompasses every adult's thought of "how did I survive my youth?". Well...some of us don't.
Very well written, chillingly horrific and believably supernatural, this one makes a great diversion with which to indulge yourself.
The main storyline in "Snow Day" is terrific, a very impressive outing by a first time author. The story is set in New Jersey in the mid-1970s (Gerald Ford is President) when the narrator, Billy, is 10 years old. The kids in this neighborhood organize themselves by age, and Billy finds himself in the unenviable position of being in the middle, sandwiched neatly between the 14-year-olds who organize the recreational activities (and have a big advantage in snowball fights due to age and size) and the six-year-olds, who are too little to be much fun around. Maurer spends the first half of the story describing Billy's life in a neighborhood that was a bit on the rough side (a couple of the adults in the neighborhood are mob connected).
Readers learn quite quickly that life in this neighborhood is more dangerous than it might seem in the very first chapter, a prologue, in which Billy reports discovering a dead body in a basement. Most of the rest of the book recounts events leading up to and then immediately following that discovery. Naturally, the tone of the prologue affects readers' perceptions of the chapters that follow, as they try to read between the lines and carefully examine each incident Maurer relates to see how it leads to the fateful rendezvous in the basement.
The revelation comes as somewhat of a surprise.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I sure am glad I did not know these kids growing up. they were a bit too rough for me. the story was interesting and caught my attention quickly, but bogged down in the middle. Read morePublished 6 months ago by carole
I was drawn in from the very beginning of this book. It brought me back to when I was a child myself and the risk that we took. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Greger
You will never think the same way about a day off from school. An excellent look back into the childhood rite of celebrating a snow day.Published 17 months ago by Elizabeth M. Netzband
What started off as a fun romp through the yesteryear of my youth slyly morphed into a "can't put it down" thriller, compelling me to an ending that was... well... Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Amazon Customer
The author's descriptive narrative bring you face to face with all the characters, scenery, and tension. Make sure you read the author's note at the end. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by L. peters
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