I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the latest novel from Ross Greenwood. The Snow Killer is published by Boldwood Books. And what a cover, it really does justice to the story within!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
‘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…
The Snow Killer is a chilling title for what is a chilling and dark read. The introduction sets a disturbing scene set back in the 1960s and lays out the killer’s motive for murder.
We then fast forward 50years until the present day and we are introduced to DS Barton. Immediately I warmed to him, there was something very safe and reassuring about this character and this was shown through his relationship with a colleague who is experiencing poor mental health. I’ve got a feeling I’m going to like Barton. It is refreshing to have a detective whose life is relatively normal.
I found myself really caught up in his life, his relationships with his colleagues and superiors felt realistic. I particular enjoyed how he worked with his superior, DCI Naeem and felt that the author portrayed the close professional bond these two characters have very well.
Told from the point of view of DS Barton and from the killer, I found myself caught up in the cat and mouse game between the two characters.
The chapters from the Snow Killer’s POV often have a chaotic feeling about them, and the reader does feel as though they are caught inside of the killer’s head. There’s something rather sad about the snow killer and it was difficult not to feel for them. The killer’s victims on the surface may have “deserved” their fate but as the story unfolds we can see the killer unravelling as they begin to question what they are doing. There is also a touch of social commentary in the exploration into addiction. The author has created multi-layered characters here and the reader is made to think about the stories behind the addiction and violence which he is to be applauded for.
With touches of black humour littered throughout and a real faith in the author’s knowledge of procedures sitting alongside some vivid scene setting this is most definitely an authentic and compelling read. It kept me guessing all the way through and by the end my jaw had hit the floor!
Plenty of twists and turns and a brilliant introduction to a new character and hopefully, a new series.
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