‘Fear the north wind. Because no one will hear you scream…’
A family is gunned down in the snow but one of the children survives. Three years on, that child takes revenge and the Snow Killer is born. But then, nothing – no further crimes are committed, and the case goes cold.
Fifty years later, has the urge to kill been reawakened? As murder follows murder, the detective team tasked with solving the crimes struggle with the lack of leads. It’s a race against time and the weather – each time it snows another person dies.
As an exhausted and grizzled DI Barton and his team scrabble to put the pieces of the puzzle together, the killer is hiding in plain sight. Meanwhile, the murders continue…
The first in a new series, Ross Greenwood has written a cracking, crackling crime story with a twist in its tale which will surprise even the most hardened thriller readers. Perfect for fans of Mark Billingham and Stuart MacBride.
This is the author’s first novel in the DI Barton crime series and boy what a start.
The title and the fact that the author sets the story at the coldest time of the year, still didn’t have me realise just how much of a chilling reading experience that I was letting myself in for.
How the story starts had me well and truly hooked. It was a great setting for the rest of the story which had me in turmoil. To a certain extent I had empathy for the killer which felt wrong but I couldn’t help myself.
As for DI Barton and his team, well it was a great way of getting to know them. I liked the fact that Barton and his wife have a fairly happy normal home life. It’s not often you have a detective who isn’t divorced, some sort of alcoholic or fighting their own demons. It does make for a refreshing change.
The recent murders have the police totally baffled. I enjoyed the cat and mouse game between the killer and the police. It makes for some riveting reading. There was a very unexpected shock that had me going back and having to reread parts as I was totally knocked for six by the revelation.
The Snow Killer is a chilling and brilliant start to a new series. There is enough going on throughout the story to ensure that you won’t be going anywhere soon as you get wrapped up in the shocking case. The ending was both explosive and emotional, leaving me impatient for book two. Can not wait to see what else the author has in store for us.
My thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Ross Greenwood is the author of six crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough and his first title for Boldwood – the beginning of a series – is The Snow Killer to be published in November 2019.