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The dialogue is clunky. The pacing feels weird. Here, I was so distracted by the whirring and clunking that I had trouble keeping track of the story. I have a soft spot in my heart for thrillers with fast-moving plots where the past and present intertwine the kind you pick up at the supermarket or the airport. Your email address will not be published. If you are a human, do not fill in this field. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Grizzly good read! Jody A. In his first novel, true crime writer Olsen The Deep Dark brings complex mystery and crackling authenticity to bear on a cold case police procedural.

Hannah Griffin has spent most of her life trying to forget the notorious Christmas Eve house fire that claimed her family and turned up almost two dozen other bodies buried in their yard; though the case remained unsolved, Hannah's mother became, posthumously, the de facto prime suspect. Twenty years later, Hannah's a happily married mother of one, a crime scene investigator for Santa Louisa, Calif. Hannah reopens the case, as well as old wounds, after enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Jeff Bauer, the still-haunted chief officer from the original investigation.

Thanks to Olsen's true-crime work, the case's particulars both grisly and mundane all carry genuine weight, though his characters can be cloying: Hannah's neuroses occasionally seem more dingbat than damaged, and Agent Bauer's tough-but-tender act is a familiar one. That said, Olsen's flashback narrative shines with lurid, carefully distributed details, and if it ultimately overshadows the present-day plot, his bizarre, many-layered mystery will keep fans of crime fiction hooked.

Barb S. Not as good as true crime. I tried this book because I liked the true crime books this author had written. I will stick to true crime. Truth is stranger than fiction. It is just more interesting reading about what happened to real people than something someone made up. Shelley K. Very disappointing, glad I got it free off PBS.

He is and always will be my ONLY sibling. Flesh, bone, and blood don't make a family, the connection you have with them makes them family. It makes me sick this woman can so easily dismiss the bond she shared with her brothers during their short life just because they don't share most of their DNA. Or it was poorly written and badly executed and it wasn't what the author intended at all. However until someone corrects me, this book deserves 1 star and I won't be reading anything else by this author ever again.


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Jan 27, wally rated it really liked it Shelves: olsen. Jul 14, Bagman rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites. I liked this book. I liked it a lot. I liked the protagonist, Hannah, who was involved in the most heinous of crimes as a child and grows into adult hood trying to forget.

Most of all she tries to forget her mother, the main antagonist, who was killed during the crime, but continues to take on many forms of evil throughout the story.

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Hannah tries to push the events into the furthers recesses of her mind, but forgetting isn't possible. Hannah has never given up trying to understand exactly how an I liked this book. Hannah has never given up trying to understand exactly how and why the crime took place.

While the author, Gregg Olsen, is a well known true crime writer, this was his first novel. To use the vernacular of the baseball enthusiast, he hit it out of the friggin park. While fast paced, the plot followed a sensible and reasonable story line. The characters were human, a compliment in its highest form to aspiring authors. The use of flashbacks to fill in bits of the back story was well done, even though it's becoming somewhat over used since the success of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.

Honestly, I don't know why it's taken me so long to prepare a review of this novel. It's not like I've been immersed in anything comparable to A Wicked Snow. Using my personal rating system to determine my level of appreciation, the degree of sadness I experience upon completing a book, I was sad when I finished, very sad. I wanted another chapter, then another after that. I put off starting another book to give myself time to think about the story that I just finished.

I liked it enough to search for Olsen's second novel, and I will buy it.

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Jan 19, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: challenge. A Wicked Snow is the story of a young girl, Hannah, who is traumatized by the loss of her brothers and mother in a horrific fire at their Christmas tree farm on Christmas morning. Hannah is sent to live with her aunt. She grows up to be a crime scene investigator and is still haunted by the night so many years ago. When she receives a strange package, and begins getting phone calls from a reporter after so many years, Hannah begins to think that her mother didn't die in the fire, but is alive an A Wicked Snow is the story of a young girl, Hannah, who is traumatized by the loss of her brothers and mother in a horrific fire at their Christmas tree farm on Christmas morning.

When she receives a strange package, and begins getting phone calls from a reporter after so many years, Hannah begins to think that her mother didn't die in the fire, but is alive and well somewhere. She begins searching for her with the lead investigator from the FBI. It took a little bit for me to get into this story.


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  • It began to pick up the pace in the later part of the book. Their were many characters involved in the story, but each had their own part of Hannah's past or present. She is portrayed as a tough cookie, but when it comes down to it, she's not as tough as she hopes to be. Her partner Ripp wasn't as developed as I would have liked, but he was only a side character. I just expected more from him. There was an incident in the latter half of the book that really didn't resolve itself for me.

    I'm a little bummed about it. But overall, I enjoyed the book. I have another of his that I plan to read soon, so I'm anxious to compare them. May 07, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. Oh my goodness Gregg Olsen just had a way of drawing me in and keeping me hooked. The book is divided into 3 parts, the first being current day, with a little bit of the past thrown in but just enough to have you asking what in the world went down all those years ago to traumatize Hannah so much.

    The second part goes in the past and fills in the blanks from part one plus some alright a lot. The final part goes back to current day and how the story had progressed f Oh my goodness The final part goes back to current day and how the story had progressed from part one. I will admit the first couple chapters were kinda blah but after that it was full throttle. The character I enjoyed the most was actually Special Agent Bauer.

    I loved how after all those years he still had a special place in his heart for Hannah and never gave up on Hannah or the case. So many times I just wished I could slap the crap out of Hannah's mother There were plenty of surprises in the final part of the book that I really enjoyed and was kind of disappointed when I got to the last page.

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    The way this book ended I kept thinking how awesome it would be if Mr. Olsen wrote a sequel. Highly recommend this one! I'm ambivalent between liking and disliking this. I'm thinking that this is a mystery that's really interesting and then…While the story starts off as present day, it morphed into the horrific crime from Hannah's past.

    Told in snippets at first as Hannah is recalling those bits, those bits become longer until they make up most of the book. I don't have an issue with that in itself but it's the spattering of inane speculations by some of the minor characters that should have been left out. They s I'm ambivalent between liking and disliking this. They speculate on who committed the crime and with whom, and what they think happened.

    I found myself drifting and then realized there was something that may have been vital, that I missed. Another bone of contention is the telling of previous cases that had nothing to do with this one or any others. I found the narration to be tedious, a somnolent. The narrator in this particular audio version has better success in the language programs he narrates. This book was like a see-saw to me.

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    Back and forth, up and down. At first it was boring and confusing. Then it sucked me in and I thought it was great. Then back to boring and drawn-out, then exciting, then implausible, and then The mystery was pretty solid and could have been fantastic with different characters.


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    Parts of the plot were not necessary or even cohesive, but the idea and setting were interesting. My main beef with this book were the characters. No one was particularly lik This book was like a see-saw to me. No one was particularly likable and I found myself with no one to root for, no one to care for, and this is a problem when you should be emotionally tied to the main characters and hoping they live.

    Overall I was let down and while the ending was intriguing it didn't make up for the rest of the plot. Jun 08, Allyson Abu-hajar rated it it was amazing. First book, I've read by this author. Great mystery.

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    Hannah Logan Griffin survived a terrible tragedy, that her two brother died in. Someone wants to resurrect the past, and sends Hannah the twin boys' shoes, that are supposed to be locked up in a vault. It sets in motion, for Hannah to get contact the former judge and FBI that worked the case. The quest is on to find out what happened all those years ago.

    I love Gregg Olsen. I love the way Gregg Olsen writes. I love the way Gregg Olsen thinks I love Gregg Olsen's books I read this book in two days - I literally could not put it down. It is like one of those good old fashioned horror movies where the monster never dies The concept was great. The actual writing wasn't. I trudged through this for the ending. It really wasn't worth the time. I listened to the book and it's the first narration I didn't like. I'm a fan of audio books and up until now I haven't been disappointed. Well this narration was read like the news.

    It's very flat and dull. The story a itself was interesting but the writing was not very good. I am giving it 3 stars it's a 2. May 11, Gina rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in After coming across this book mentioned in the Paperbackswap newsletter I decided to give it a try.

    I am so glad I did. Deliciously engrossing, it was the first book in quite some time that I literally could not put down. I think I have found a new favorite in Gregg Olsen. Jul 05, Dee Toomey rated it it was amazing. A "wicked"ly good book! Gregg Olsen doesn't fool around