‘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.
I’ve been trying to think about words that really sum up The Snow Killer by Ross Greenwood! What I came up with are gripping, exciting, addictive and electrifying.
The sense of atmosphere. Ross Greenwood gives us a story in The Snow Killer that feels threatening and claustrophic, by using a killer, who only attacks their victims when the city is blanketed by snow. It’s inhabitants trapped not only by the weather, but by a killer they can’t see and fearful of the next snowfall. It makes the story feel closed it, oppressive, chilling and as a reader that panic which simmers below the surface of the story, made me feel exposed and vulnerable. It made for a compelling read, one I refused to be torn away from, virtually consuming it in a few short days.
The story, which exposed many feelings in me as a reader. Sadness for the traumatized child that survived the gruesome murder of their family. A complicated mixture of understanding that they would seek revenge, yet horror that they were capable of such retribution, when I could never inflict such violence. I followed their journey as the urge to kill again grows stronger, fascinated by their tortured mind and left floundering when I felt sure I knew the identity of the killer. Only to be deceived by a writer who played cat and mouse with me and I came off the loser. He had me hoodwinked and I had to consider again all my percetions of the killer.
The characters are superb. Ross Greenwood doesn’t present us with a monster, he gives us a deeply damaged individual whose sense of justice is skewered by his past. Part of you understands this quest for revenge and that is because The Snow Killer is embued with a flash of humanity. It makes him the perfect villain opposite the hero DI Barton, who is himself not perfect, but he is warm a cares and cares about his team. He understands that the villains he chases are often victims of circumstance, that doesn’t mean he won’t seek justice, because he and we know, there is always another path. But that for some, life gave them lives that almost defined them from birth. He sees life for what it is and I loved him. I can’t wait to read more stories with a man who is not cliched and taciturn as so many detectives in thrillers are.
This is a brilliant start to a series of books by Ross Greenwood and I’m super excited about what is to come next.
You can purchase The Snow Killer from Amazon
About the author
Ross Greenwood was born in 1973 in Peterborough and he lived there until he was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. He then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.
He found himself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually when things had gone wrong. It was on one of these occasions that he met his partner about 100 metres from his back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. He still a little stunned by the pace of it now.
Fifty Years of Fear book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then after working in sales management all my life, he randomly spent four years as a prison officer. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave me the opportunity to finish the book as he unable to get back to sleep, completing it in the early morning hours.
He now written five further books. His second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by a publisher, and Lazy Blood is also out. All his books are thought provoking, and are told with a sense of humour.
The first three books are stand alone, however, some of the characters cross over, and you can see how at times, their lives overlap.
Abel’s Revenge is something a bit different. It’s a modern day love story set against the backdrop of an escalating serial killer. There’s a whodunnit element to it, and some smiles along the way.
Shadows of Regret was inspired by his time on the women’s side of the jail in Peterborough, and analyses the close relationship between victim and villain. You won’t have read a book like it.
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