Author: Michael McBride
Publisher: Delirium Books
Pages: Ebook; 212
Release Date: November 14, 2012
Intended Reading Group: Adult
HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart
Recommended to: Lovers of horror who are okay with violence. Readers who love a good plot twist!
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They come at night.
A stranger staggers out of the wilderness under the cover of a blizzard and stumbles into a diner full of people. He collapses in the entryway, unzips his jacket, and allows the object hidden inside to fall out. Screaming commences.
Four old college buddies embark upon their annual elk hunting trip into the Rocky Mountains. This promises to be their last, for the passage of time is as merciless and unpredictable as the Colorado weather. And they’re not alone.
There are other hunters in the mountains, stalking game of a different breed. They know exactly what they’re doing, because they’ve been hunting in these woods for a long, long time. And no one ever survives to betray their existence.
Michael McBride sets the perfect scene for Snowblind. One that is so easy to picture. Four friends that have recently grown apart, but come together out of tradition. Four people with entirely different lives, who let go of all of that to enjoy the weekend away. A weekend packed with camping and hunting. What could go wrong? Apparently a lot. The hunters become the prey in a terror-filled tale of survival.
I found myself completely obsessed with flipping the pages, terrified and yet unable to stop reading. The book unfolds into a nightmarish story that bleeds off the page. McBride does a stellar job of creating a fearsome story that moves at a lightning fast pace. I could picture myself in the shoes of the men: trapped, horrified, hunted. Peering out into the dark night, eyes frozen open, mouth dry, hoping that there is no movement and you survive another night. Do you see what I'm getting at? Snowblind draws you in. It gets in your head.
I'm honestly glad that this was a short story. I'm not sure I could have taken much more of the very raw and vivid writing style that the book presents. The attention to detail is insane, especially with the character's emotions and their deaths. If you have a weak stomach, you've been warned. Just when you are sure you have an idea of what is going on, a twist gets thrown in that will make your mouth gape open. I loved the ending! No spoilers here though. You'll just have to see for yourself.
If you are a fan of horror, this is a book you absolutely need to read. I am so glad that I took the time to read Michael McBride's Snowblind and I can't wait to read more from him! He is definitely a master of his craft. Grab a blanket, turn down the lights, and prepare to be scared.
FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.