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The author of the book: Gregg Olsen
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Date of issue: 2007
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If ever a person needed therapy, it is Hannah Griffin. The summary of Gregg Olsen’s A Wicked Snow barely brushes the surface of the terrible tragedy Hannah endured when she was twelve. Her aunt and uncle did their best to shelter her and nurture her in the years that followed, but it is obvious that Hannah has never put the past behind her. Married with a young daughter of her own, Hannah Logan Griffin is a woman haunted by an unspeakable event that stole her family, her privacy, and her peace of mind.
The author doesn’t try to make Hannah into something she’s not. Now in her thirties, she is trying to live a “normal” life. She works as a CSI investigator. She hopes she is a good mother to her eight-year-old daughter and a good wife to her cop husband. Is she neurotic? Sure. She can’t stand snow. She has some strange phobias, and as the book goes on, we learn why. When a strange package arrives at her office, Hannah becomes obsessed with the unfinished business of that Christmas Eve so many years ago. She is hopelessly caught between wanting to forget and needing to know the truth. Memories have churned with nightmares until she no longer really knows what she really recalls of her childhood and of what happened that night. It has turned her into a sleep-deprived, ill-tempered, frenzied woman who simply cannot rest until she knows.
Some of the characters are stereotyped, but Hannah’s mother Claire was someone who was truly psychopathically evil. A masterful manipulator, she made my blood run cold. My favorite character was probably the FBI agent Jeff Bauer, who had the case of a lifetime when he was only 25. Years later, he is still troubled by LOMUR, as the case was dubbed, and he is ready to jump back into the fray when Hannah needs him.
The book read like a true crime story. It got off to a slow start, but patience has it rewards. Despite a few confusing parts, I soaked it up. The plot has something for everyone, it seems. There was police procedural, including a major gaffe by the locals. There was a slice of the courtroom scene, portraits of the crime scene spectacle, and plenty of looks inside Hannah’s head. Oh, and there’s a twist at about 85% that had me gasping, “WHOA!” out loud!
Two things that bothered me more than anything were the role of one of the female characters (view spoiler)[ Liz Wheaton (hide spoiler)]. In the end, I suppose I understood her motives, but I didn’t quite see the need for her part in the plot, other than to add more stress. The second thing bothered me more: the final trip in search of answers ends in a whirlwind of activity – and then it’s over. (view spoiler)[Somehow, Hannah is able to take a deep breath and move on. Jeff Bauer, too, decides to let Claire go, even though he knows that she’s probably still alive somewhere in Canada. This is a woman who has killed at least 21 people and has just proved that her killing days are not over (hide spoiler)]. While I’m not convinced that Hannah’s PTSD is suddenly “cured”, it seems that perhaps she can now begin building a more fulfilling life with her family. Who knows? Maybe she will even put her personal experiences to good use in her professional career for the benefit of other unfortunate victims.
A Wicked Snow has received mixed reviews, but I give it 4 stars.
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Read information about the authorThroughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Olsen has written ten nonfiction books, ten novels, 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. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News; CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen’s Snapped, Court TV’s Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E’s Biography.
In addition to television and radio appearances, the award-winning author has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People, Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.
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 and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).
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