BOOK REVIEW: Voices in the Snow: A Black Winter Novel #1 - by Darcy Coates

Publication Date: November 18, 2019
Format: Paperback
Genre:  Horror 

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press 
 298 pages
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


Clare remembers the cold. She remembers abandoned cars and children's toys littered across the road. She remembers dark shapes in the snow and a terror she can't explain. And then... nothing. When she wakes, aching and afraid in a stranger's gothic home, he tells her she was in an accident, a crash in the snow. He claims he saved her. Clare wants to leave, but a vicious snowstorm has blanketed the world in white, trapping them together, and there's nothing she can do but wait.

At least the stranger seems kind... but Clare doesn't know if she can trust him. He promised they were alone here, but she sees and hears things that convince her something else is creeping about the surrounding woods, watching. Waiting. Between the claustrophobic storm and the inescapable sense of being hunted, Clare is on edge... and increasingly certain of one thing:

Her car crash wasn't an accident. Something is waiting for her to step outside the fragile safety of the house... something monstrous, something unfeeling.

Something desperately hungry.


I wasn't sure what to think when I started this book.  It starts off more as a psychological thriller than a horror book, but I wasn't deterred as the story was interesting.  After Clare is in a car accident she finds herself in a mansion with a shy man who speaks very old fashioned.  She isn't sure if she can trust him or if he is planning on hurting her. She also can't remember the last hour before the crash.  Why was she on the road, where was she going? Why is it still snowing?

The last 1/3 of the book really dives into what happened and what is going on.  Why Clare keeps seeing and hearing people but yet Dorran keeps telling her they are alone in the house.  The creep factor really ramps up and we do get to understand what is happening around them, outside of the house as well as inside.  

This is a great quick read but it does end on a cliffhanger as it is the 1st in a four book series. 

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