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January 24, 2013 / Leslie

Review: Cover of Snow by Jenny Milchman

Cover of Snow by Jenny MillchmanCover of Snow
by Jenny Milchman

Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publish Date: January 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover | 336 pages

Nora Hamilton wakes from a foggy sleep and immediately senses something is wrong. She has overslept for an appointment with a client; why didn’t her husband wake her up? She soon discovers the gruesome answer when she finds him hanging from a light fixture, an apparent suicide.

There was no note and Nora does not believe her husband, a member of the local police force, would kill himself. As far as she knows he did not have a reason. But did Nora really know her husband? Her mother-in-law, an evil, unlikable woman, is unwilling to answer questions and doesn’t even want Nora in her house. Brendan’s coworkers and friends on the police force are evasive and avoid direct answers.

The more Nora investigates, the bigger the mystery becomes. She finds out that Brendan had a brother that died in a drowning accident on a lake, and he never told her about it. While Nora does seem a bit clueless at times — shouldn’t she know more about her husband and his family? — she is now determined to get answers.

Set in the winter in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, the atmosphere is often moody and bleak. There is an ever-present cold chill and the snow itself becomes a character. Adding to the tension, the locals of this small town are secretive and clannish and outsiders such as Nora are viewed with suspicion.

Most of the book is narrated by Nora and written in the first person. Interspersed throughout the book are a series of chapters written in the third person from the perspective of several key characters in the story. This technique gives the reader insight into their motives and actions; things Nora didn’t know and couldn’t tell us.

The action is slow in the early chapters as Nora begins to piece together the puzzle of her husband’s death. The pace picks up dramatically after the first third of the novel and the story becomes more compelling, rewarding the reader with a suspenseful thriller.

A nice debut from a promising new author.

About the Author

Jenny Milchman is a suspense writer from New Jersey. Her debut novel, COVER OF SNOW, is forthcoming from Ballantine in January 2013 and is available for pre-order now. Her short story The Closet will be published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in November 2012. Another short story, The Very Old Man, has been an Amazon bestseller, and the short work Black Sun on Tupper Lake will appear in the anthology ADIRONDACK MYSTERIES II.

Jenny is the Chair of the International Thriller Writers Debut Authors Program, and the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which was celebrated in all 50 states and four foreign countries in 2011.

Jenny hosts the Made It Moments forum on her blog, which has featured more than 200 international bestsellers, Edgar winners, and independent authors, co-hosts the literary series Writing Matters, JKS Communicationswhich attracts guests coast-to-coast and has received national media attention, and teaches writing and publishing for New York Writers Workshop and Arts By The People.

Visit the author’s website for more information.
Connect on Twitter. Click HERE for the tour schedule.

Source: Review copy provided by JKS Communications
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  1. laurelrainsnow / Jan 24 2013 12:38 pm

    I’ve had my eye on this one…thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  2. Mary / Jan 24 2013 3:57 pm

    I might have to wait for a hot summer day for this one. I’m surrounded by snow and freezing temps – don’t think I could handle much more of it right now 😉


  3. Suko / Jan 24 2013 4:01 pm

    This looks and sounds good for winter reading or listening. Very nice review, Leslie. I hadn’t heard of this book before venturing here today.


  4. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Jan 24 2013 5:46 pm

    Definitely plan to read this one as some point. Thanks for the great review.


  5. Mystica / Jan 25 2013 4:09 am

    I like this one. Not having snow here at all, it is something a bit surreal so I should think the book would do well for me.


  6. Leeswammes / Jan 25 2013 8:08 am

    Glad you enjoyed this. I didn’t finish (stopped at 1/3 in). Maybe I should have persevered, sounds like it did get better.


    • Leslie / Jan 27 2013 1:47 am

      There were a few twists. Halfway through I thought I knew what was going to happen, but the story went a different direction.


  7. jennymilch / Jan 25 2013 8:10 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this review on your blog! I appreciate everyone stopping by, too.

    Laurel RainSnow, by your name alone, I think we would get along! Weather is always such an important element to me, pun intended. Some of my favorite authors make great use of weather–William Kent Krueger, Nancy Pickard, Lee Child in two of the Reacher books, Julia Spencer-Fleming. I really appreciate your having known about my book!

    Mary, I completely understand why you might want to wait for a heat wave 🙂

    Suko, so glad you could come by and learn about my book. It took me 13 years to get published, so I’m always surprised if people *have* heard of my book–and always expect that they wouldn’t have!

    Diane, my comment above shows how happy I am to hear you plan to read… 🙂

    Mystica, it’s funny, I think of snow as surreal even when I am surrounded by it. How does the world go from color to poofed in white? I’ll be really interested to hear your thoughts if you do happen to read…

    Thanks again for inviting me to such a fun site!


    • Leslie / Jan 27 2013 1:40 am

      Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed reading your comments. 🙂


  8. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jan 25 2013 1:25 pm

    This sounds pretty amazing and I LOVE the cover (even if I hate snow…)


    • jennymilch / Jan 26 2013 9:28 am

      Aw–thanks, Sheila! I thought they did a wonderful job with the cover, too–taking a whole novel and distilling it into a single image requires a talent I just don’t have. Hope you’re not getting too much of the white stuff where you are!


  9. stacybuckeye / Jan 26 2013 2:26 pm

    First review I’ve read for this one, now I need to add it to my list~


  10. jennymilch / Jan 26 2013 7:10 pm

    Stacy, thanks so much for adding it to your list! So glad I was on Actin’ Up 🙂


    • jennymilch / Jan 26 2013 7:12 pm

      Ooops! Meant to type Under My Apple Tree–so glad to be here! Actin’ Up is another great book site, so Apple, meet Actin’, Actin’ meet Apple 🙂


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