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.Snowball by Gregory Bastianelli
Published by Flame Tree Press on January 16, 2020
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A group of motorists become stranded on a lonely stretch of highway during a Christmas Eve blizzard and fight for survival against an unnatural force in the storm. The gathered survivors realize a tenuous connection among them means it may not be a coincidence that they all ended up on this highway. An attempt to seek help leads a few of the travelers to a house in the woods where a twisted toymaker with a mystical snow globe is hell bent on playing deadly games with a group of people just trying to get home for the holidays. FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Here is what I thought
Christmas isn’t complete without a good horror books and that is exactly what Snowball was!
It’s told in multiple povs from a group of strangers who are stranded on their way home on a isolated highway as it’s snowed so much that even the snow plow is stuck. Strange things start from the very beginning all the way to the end in this story. The strangers all gather in an old couples RV as they seem to have never ending supply of cocoa and a generator for heat.
As the night goes on one of the older ones, I can’t remember which one, decides to ask about their scariest memory of winter. The old guy had one about Krampus, the older lady had one about a serial killer, there was even something about scary snowmen. You kind of wonder what it all has to do with the story but then you find out. It seems like almost everyone in there has had something tragic happen and almost all of them have one person it common.
Two of the guys try to make it to a house and that is when it really gets interesting! It had a hansel and gretel feel to the house and I so wouldn’t have went in, snow storm or no snow storm! 🙂
I really enjoyed this one even if I wasn’t completely fond of any of the characters. There might have been a couple I routed for but all the others it was like who cares. I do know that I will never be able to look at a snowman again without thinking of this book and the evil snowmen in this! It has corrupted my poor mind when it comes to snowmen.
I love a good isolated story and sometimes they are a bit to slow for me but I thought this one had a really good pace to it and was very enjoyable.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves isolated, snowbound stories and horror.