Catastrophe hits when Will and Devlin Innis lose their wife and mother one stormy night on a lonely desert highway. Will under suspicion, they flee. Suddenly a hard-edged FBI agent appears on their doorstep. “I know you’re innocent, because Rachael wasn’t the first … or the last.”
*Originally reviewed on Booknest.eu*
I have to preface this review by stating that Blake Crouch is one of my favorite writers. Dark Matter was easily one of my top 5 books of 2016 and the Wayward Pines trilogy is phenomenal. Having said that, Snowbound left me wanting a little bit more.
We are introduced to Will Innis and his daughter, Devlin. On a stormy night along a desert highway, his wife/her mother, Rachel, is lost forever and without a trace. Will, being the husband, is automatically identified as the lead suspect so he and his daughter flee. Change of name, address, job, school, etc. They are eventually found out by a balls-to-the-wall FBI agent who says she knows what happened to Rachel and that Will and Devlin need to come with her. Suddenly, we are thrown onto a roller coaster ride of emotion and thrills as the trio try and crack down where Rachel is and if she is still alive.
My issues with Snowbound lie with the characters, their actions, and the situations they find themselves in. Dumb decisions, entirely gullible antagonists, and scenes that just left me scratching my head. Having said that, this book is a train ride headed towards derailment. Fast paced, gripping, and shooty shooty/bangy bang enough for the thriller lovers out there. Honestly, the best part about the book was the ending as I had no clue it was coming.
All in all, if you have read some of Crouch’s body of work, take a chance on Snowbound. It is a quick read and the audiobook is only slightly over 7 hours. And even if you haven’t read anything by the author, but like thrillers, this will give you some entertainment on a plane or train ride.
Priscilla Bettis says
Thanks for the review. Too bad this wasn’t a top notch read for you, but it still sounds like a nice diversion.
Thanks! It is a nice little diversion from the daily monotonous grind, but that was about it.
This must be one of his older books, right? I’ve never heard of it.
Yes. Came out in 2010.