- The Deep, Deep Snow
- Brian Freeman
- January 14, 2020
- January LaVoy
- Shelby Lake, Book 1
The Deep, Deep Snow is a brilliant mystery, from the very start. I’ve spent most of my life re-reading the same few books, so I’m not sure how rare this is; Brian Freeman loads the world full of details that makes the world, town, people, and everything in between feel real. To me, people have always been cardboard cutouts; sentient mannequins. It’s rare I read a book or in this case, listen to a book where the people in it feel like humans with dreams, hopes, and personalities. It seems like most authors only tell you enough details to build the scene and nothing more.
I first listened to this story in May 2020. I tend to let mysteries play themselves out and I didn’t see the ending coming. It took me completely by surprise. Listening to this book a second time a couple of months later, I was able to pick out a few clues. Otherwise, the book really makes you wait patiently to see how it all unfolds.
The narrator does an excellent job, especially when it comes to giving each character a voice. She changes her tone and pitch to fit each character as needed. There’s a time or two when the audio is poorly linked together, where one recording ends and another begins.
I wish I knew how I discovered this book. Back in April 2020, I had an audible credit and as I often do when I get my bi-monthly credit, I skim my wishlist and purchase some book that has been there for months or years. I stumbled across this book by pure chance and added it to my wishlist, then forgot about it until I had a credit as I do.
I’ve listened to it twice and I know this is a book I’ll be returning to. As I get into reviewing, I find myself reading far more books, new books constantly and I rarely have time to revisit old favorites. I’ve been making a mental list of books I know I’ll revisit when things slow down and this is one of them. I hope this review will help somebody else stumble across this book.