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‘The Snow Killer’ by Ross Greenwood

The Snow Killer: The start of an explosive new crime series for 2019 (DI Barton Series) by [Greenwood, Ross]

Synopsis

‘Fear the north wind. Because no one will hear you scream…’

A family is gunned down in the snow but one of the children survives. Three years on, that child takes revenge and the Snow Killer is born. But then, nothing – no further crimes are committed, and the case goes cold.

Fifty years later, has the urge to kill been reawakened? As murder follows murder, the detective team tasked with solving the crimes struggle with the lack of leads. It’s a race against time and the weather – each time it snows another person dies.

As an exhausted and grizzled DI Barton and his team scrabble to put the pieces of the puzzle together, the killer is hiding in plain sight. Meanwhile, the murders continue…

 

My Review

If there’s one thing that I like doing and it’s discovering new authors.  Ross Greenwood is definitely a new author for me.  Having just read and flipping loved ‘The Snow Killer’ as much as I did, I am quite annoyed with myself for leaving it this long to discover how fantastic an author he is.  I absolutely, totally, utterly flipping well adored this book but more about that in a bit.

It didn’t take me long at all to warm to  DI Barton.  He is a dedicated police officer but he is also a dedicated family man.  He has the work/ life balance almost right although his police work sometimes impinges on his home life.  Fortunately he has a very understanding partner.  Barton leads a small team, who work very well together.  Barton strikes me as the sort of boss you would like to have.  He is fair but firm. He takes his fair share of the workload and often goes above and beyond the call of duty.   He will back you to the hilt although if you have done something wrong he will definitely let you know about it.  I don’t think that he is one to bear a grudge for that long.  Barton is determined, tenacious, stubborn, ambitious, inquisitive and he is like a dog with a bone in that if he gets a sense that there is something amiss then he will not stop until he has investigated the matter fully and until his curiosity has been satisfied.

It didn’t take me long at all to get into this story.  In fact by the time I got to the end of the first paragraph I knew that it would be impossible to put this book to one side for any length of time.  I was blown away by the quality of the writing and by the story itself.  Reading ‘The Snow Killer’ became a serious addiction to the extent that I would find any excuse I could that meant I didn’t have to stop reading.  I managed to binge read the book over the course of a day, which is unusual for me.  Usually I have the attention span of a gnat and I am easily distracted but not in this case.  I was so drawn into the story and so keen to find out how the story panned out that I was able to focus solely on the book and I was able to shut out all other distractions.  I lost all track of time whilst reading this book and I was shocked to realise just how long I had been reading for.

‘The Snow Killer’ is simply brilliantly written.  I love the way in which the author wrote the story from the point of view of the killer or the victim as he was originally and from the point of view of DI Barton.  The book is also split into two parts.  The first part starts in winter 50 years ago and explains what happened to turn the victim into a predator.  I actually found myself feeling rather sorry for the predator for what happened to his family.  The second part describes events as they happen present day.  The second part of the story has chapters from the viewpoint of the killer and DI Barton.  The chapters interlink well and the story flows seamlessly.  The author uses such vivid and realistic descriptions that I felt as though I was part of the story myself.

Reading this book really felt like being on one hell of a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns to the story than you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board.  Just when you thought that you could catch your breath, gather your thoughts, reclaim your stomach then off the action would go again.  For me the story was perfectly paced.  The story hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout.  If you want a book that will get your adrenaline flowing, your blood pressure rising and send your heart rate soaring then ‘The Snow Killer’ is the perfect book for you.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed, no make that adored, reading ‘The Snow Killer’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I will definitely be reading more of Ross’ work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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