I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Snow Creek by Gregg Olsen
Genres: Crime, Mystery
Published by Bookouture on November 18th, 2019
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From the Number One New York Times and Amazon Charts bestselling author, comes an absolutely heart-stopping and completely unputdownable crime series, introducing Detective Megan Carpenter.
Footprints were scattered about like fallen leaves. She looked down into the ravine, and once more her lungs filled with fear. A body, blackened and motionless lay splayed out in the bushes.
Detective Megan Carpenter is no stranger to evil. Escaping the horrors of her old life, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt her or those she loves ever again. Joining the small police force in Jefferson County’s Port Townsend, Megan is determined to get every victim of a crime the justice they deserve.
So when Ruth Turner walks into the Sheriff’s office claiming her sister Ida Watson has been missing for over a month, Megan’s instincts tell her that she needs to do more than just file a report.
Arriving at a secluded farmhouse in the hills above Snow Creek, she finds Ida’s teenage children alone and frightened.
Then a few days later, close to the Watsons’ home, the blackened body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned pickup truck.
Megan must unravel the disturbing secrets of the isolated Snow Creek community if she is to catch the killer.
But Megan has dark secrets of her own too…
Hidden in the back of her closet is a box of tapes containing every single recording of her therapy sessions with Doctor Albright over thirteen years ago. As Megan begins to play the tapes, she’s taken straight back to her terrifying childhood, back to the time she was a kid called Rylee, fighting to survive.
Can Megan finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out and will listening to her own painful story help her solve the complex case she is now entangled in?
Here is what I thought
I have read Greg Olsen before and so I was excited to try this one but I didn’t like it as much as I had hoped too.
It starts out with two ladies who live in the woods off the grid. Regina sees something and she doesn’t want them to be dragged into it so she thinks it would be best if she got rid of the body. No body no crime to bug them about.
Then it goes on to a woman reporting her sister missing. They all live sort of strange as the woman was real strict about not bothering her unless she finds something out. She doesn’t want her husband to get mad. Turns out her sister lives in kind of strange situation as well. Detective Megan Carpenter does a wellness check since there are to teens living there and finds out that their parents are suppose to be on some sort of like mission trip to an orphanage.
The detective thinks something strange is going on and it gets weirder when they find a burned out truck with a woman wrapped up in the back (hmmm maybe Regina should have checked the back too), soon they find out it’s the lady they were looking for and so a search for the husband begins because since he is missing, then he must be the killer. While searching for him the detective discovers some other things, some interesting things.
You also get to find out how messed up the detective is because this situation is bringing her back to her childhood and she starts listening to her therapy session tapes. You don’t get a full scope of what she has done but it mentions that the sheriff knows most of it and helped her become a cop so it must have been something not so good. The author wants you to continue with the series to find out more.
So I never really got very invested in any of the characters. Normally I usually like the detectives, but I just wasn’t that big of a fan of Megan. I wasn’t a fan of the ones off the grid or the teens. So I guess I never got invested in what was going to happen. Then when some things happened some of it didn’t make sense and was kind of confusing. I felt like there was some unanswered questions about everything that was going on. I also thought the two older ladies in the woods storyline was more filler than anything and didn’t make a lot of sense, though what happened that involved them was something I didn’t see coming.
I had figured things out when I had about 35% left but it still had some surprises I didn’t see coming. I just didn’t think it wrapped up very well.
Overall, I think this was just not a book for me as it seems like on Goodreads it has a lot of great reviews, so if the plot sounds cool and I peaked your interest give it a try as you might like it more than me.
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A #1 New York Times, Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written nine nonfiction books, seventeen novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.
The award-winning author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel.
The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington’s Secretary of State for the book’s contribution to Washington state history and culture.
Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).