The characters were fairly likeable but there were none that I really connected to that well. I was somewhat disappointed with the character of Javier, after first encountering him in Afraid I expected a much nastier character, I don't think he was developed enough. The story line was well executed although it was certain I found this to be another solid read from Crouch, not one that knocked my socks off but good none the less.
The story line was well executed although it was certainly far fetched. There were also times that characters actions were not believable or authentic for their situation. Still very enjoyable and a great read for pure escapism. I love the way Blake Crouch has of getting the readers into the emotional worlds of his characters. The action in this one starts off immediately. What really makes it a page-turner is the fact that you are sucked into the "emotional turmoil" and get to the point where you simply HAVE to know what is going to happen next!
A very suspenseful, fast-moving read--recommended.
Feb 15, Char rated it liked it Shelves: independent-author , loanable-but-loaned-already , horror-readers-group-reads. This was a fun, imaginative, fast paced story. However, some of the characters acted in ways that were just not believable and some of the situations were not plausible.
If you're not too picky about that kind of thing, or if you're easily able to set those things aside, then you would probably enjoy this fast paced thrill ride. View all 4 comments. Apr 07, Kahri Lynn rated it it was ok Shelves: read-in A train wreck of a book. Couldn't look away, but thought less of myself because of that. Mar 31, Monnie rated it did not like it. 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 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 ap 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. 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. That is, till it got worse. 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.
When the police begin to hound Will as the probable killer, he packs up his daughter, comes up with new identities and moves to a new town where they manage to live quite 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' 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. When Kalyn turns out to have no qualms about murdering the "bad guys," Will learns that her real intent is to find her sister, who disappeared in the same fashion as Will's wife. Despite the fact that Kalyn for whom, not surprisingly, Will has developed a case of the hots hasn't been up-front about her intentions, she convinces Will to drag his daughter on a search-and-seize mission that takes them to remote Alaska.
There, also not surprisingly, they find the Lodge That Doesn't Exist, where the rooms are filled with -- well, I won't spoil the rest of the story by revealing what they find. Suffice it to say that it is at this point that things got downright silly and I jumped ship.
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It may be that all's well that ends well, but I'll never know. What I do know is that getting to that point would take a heck of a lot more intestinal fortitude than I've got. It's up to you if you want to give it a go, but my advice? Don't bother. Jan 18, WendyB rated it liked it Shelves: ha-tbr , own.
Kinda dumb. Nov 16, Paul Vos Benkowski rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't usually write reviews of bad books but I feel it is my duty as a reader to keep anyone else from wasting their time reading Snowbound. I will say the writing is good. That is all. The plot is the most ridiculous, least plausible plot I have ever come across.
Her husband is a lawyer who after being questioned by the police, on the night of the disappearance, grabs his daughter and runs away to start a new life under a I don't usually write reviews of bad books but I feel it is my duty as a reader to keep anyone else from wasting their time reading Snowbound. Her husband is a lawyer who after being questioned by the police, on the night of the disappearance, grabs his daughter and runs away to start a new life under a new identity. Pretty quick reaction to a missing woman.
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What if she was having an affair and slept at her lover's house. Never mind. Five years later we find that the middle aged mom has been forced into a sex slave for the ultra rich in a remote Alaskan lodge, along with a bunch of other middle aged women. Apparently these ultra rich men love having sex with women who remind them of their wives back home or something. Any way, the story ends with a seemingly endless storming of the castle, and everyone goes home happy.
The end. Do not read this book. Jun 10, Shawn Thornton rated it really liked it. A very entertaining, fun, fast paced thriller with a snowy backdrop. Wrap up and enjoy the ride.
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This is one of those books that just moves at mph, never slows down, and it's so easy to say "ok Everything I've read so far by Crouch reads this way. No need to sum up the plot here as you can find that out pretty easy but this gets five stars for having me entertained nonstop for the week or so that I spent reading it. I will say that there are many unrealistic moments and times when characters act in ways that d This is one of those books that just moves at mph, never slows down, and it's so easy to say "ok I will say that there are many unrealistic moments and times when characters act in ways that don't make a whole lot of sense.
Oh and there's quite a few typos in this paperback version. I don't usually notice that kind of thing but with this one it's hard not to. Despite these flaws I still loved it. Crouch is a fine mix of Koontz and Hitchcock on steroids in my opinion and unless you are looking for something that's going to flex your brain muscles and initiate deep thinking, I highly recommend this author!
I enjoy Blake Crouch books--but this one didn't quite live up to what I had expected. The characters made some decisions that seemed a bit hard to swallow, but who's to say how any one of us would react in the same situation?
Though I didn't get into this one as much as some of his o I enjoy Blake Crouch books--but this one didn't quite live up to what I had expected. Though I didn't get into this one as much as some of his others, I'll continue to be on the lookout for more of his work.
He's not the best writer--but he knows how to tell a story. And isn't that why we read? If you enjoy a suspenseful thriller, you'll enjoy this book. Not great--but worth the read.source
If you want a superb sampling of his work, try the Pines series or Dark Matter. Much, much better. Ridiculous plot, shallow characters This is an abysmal mystery. The writing is serviceable, but little in the plot makes any kind of sense. A few examples: 1. Man goes into hiding with his young daughter who has cystic fibrosis. How will she get medical care? Won't she be easily traced through medical records if she does get medical care? How could she live as long as she does without medical care -- especially when her father takes her into environments that could seriously impair someone with fu Ridiculous plot, shallow characters This is an abysmal mystery.
How could she live as long as she does without medical care -- especially when her father takes her into environments that could seriously impair someone with full lung capacity.
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Man murders a family at a gas station to try to cover up a kidnapping. Won't the homicide detectivess look at security footage at the gas station and spot the kidnap victim??? Won't they at least look for the killer-kidnapper? Enterprising sociopathic gazillionaire hires thugs to kidnap women -- well-connected with families and some with relatives in law enforcement -- for his exotic high-end brothel. At the risk of sounding extremely callous, why doesn't he follow the usual practice of trafficking women from destitute countries?
If he did that, the odds of someone tracking him down would be minimal. Those are a few of the many gaping holes, and the characters are pure cardboard. Their emotions don't ring true, especially given the peculiar challenges of their lives. Plus they should all be dead of hypothermia before the book reaches its relatively happy ending. Don't waste your time and money.
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