Another minor thing, I didn't care for the ending much. But I can understand why Gregg Olsen might have ended the novel in which he did. At least Hannah got most of her questions answered. The final twist was truly a surprise. The writing was good in places, lagging in others. I didn't feel the suspense factor in some parts - it started and plateaued just like my reading of A Wicked Snow. Gregg Olsen writes another great page turner in this book 'A Wicked Snow'. With flashbacks of a deadly serial killer scene in the snow twenty years ago, Investigator Hannah Griffin suspects that her mother - the serial killer of that scene twenty years ago, and presumably burned to death in the fire - is still alive.
Hannah has to fight her own demons, the memories of that long ago Christmas Eve night of rescue personnel unearthing body after body while the house had burned to the ground - and f Gregg Olsen writes another great page turner in this book 'A Wicked Snow'.
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Hannah has to fight her own demons, the memories of that long ago Christmas Eve night of rescue personnel unearthing body after body while the house had burned to the ground - and finally gets a lead on where her mother has been hiding all these twenty years. Excellent book that i recommend!
Jun 30, Victoria rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery-thriller , serial-killer. I had some rather mixed feelings about this thriller.
Though it was certainly pretty exciting, it just wasn't executed very well. She just came off as odd and unbelievable.
A friend of mine borrowed my copy and alerted me to the cartoon-like handling of the physical descriptions of the other characters: "good" people were pretty and the bad were very ugly. He claimed that this endlessly distracted him - and as soon as he said something about it, I completely understood what he meant. What bothered me the most, though was how the book functioned as a giant crack against motherhood.
There wasn't a good mother to be found in the whole book. The slightly unexpected ending considering the age and the resolution was probably the most interesting feature of the entire book, but unfortunately, the killings were rather unmotivated. On top of that, the whole thing was a rather a let down from its very exciting premise.
View 1 comment. This book was another disappointment for me. Instead of giving up on it, I pushed through the story.
The story seemed to go interesting, boring, interesting, boring, interesting, boring, and so on and so on. Then finally it picked up about page it's a page book then it got a little boring, but not like before. By the time I got to the end, I had guessed the ending about 20 or so pages before and it wasn't that great of an ending in my opinion.
It had a great plot but a poor execution o This book was another disappointment for me. It had a great plot but a poor execution of the plot. Gregg Olsen had a way of conteantly telling me who characters were throughout the story almost like I would never remember and it drove me kind of nuts. I probably won't read the book again but it was at least decent. Jun 11, Maggie61 rated it liked it Shelves: readmaggiesfor This is the first adult book I have read of this author's.
Hannah lived though a horror in her childhood, daughter of a serial killer whose victims Included her brothers. Many years have passed and she is still looking for the mother she believes is alive although others tell her she is not. No one knows that she is the daughter of Claire Logan other than her husband. The conclusion isn't as happily ever after we would probably have preferred.
Kind of like the story ended before the ending. Ther This is the first adult book I have read of this author's. There were more than a few unanswered questions. Although I did like the story line, it was slow in places, I actually stopped midway and read something else as I wasnt all that into it at times. Will still try another of his. Oct 16, Patricia rated it it was amazing. Feb 16, Betsy rated it liked it Shelves: zfeb , wom-bayb I usually love Gregg Olsen.
I found this to be slow at times. I thought the ending was rushed. Not my favorite of his books. May 25, Jennifer rated it did not like it Recommends it for: people who like to slow down and gape at automobile accidents. Recommended to Jennifer by: No One I have only myself to blame. A couple months ago I read the latest Harlan Coben standalone and though I enjoyed it, I felt like Coben was phoning it in and that his suspense novels had started to blur in my head. Then, I read this novel, plucked off the e-shelf at my local library, and I want to issue an apology.
I almost stopped halfway through this book, because it was making me crazy and annoyed, but I w A couple months ago I read the latest Harlan Coben standalone and though I enjoyed it, I felt like Coben was phoning it in and that his suspense novels had started to blur in my head. I almost stopped halfway through this book, because it was making me crazy and annoyed, but I wanted to see how everything turned out.
This is how you end it. I also noticed that this book was originally written in but republished in so perhaps this is an early work re-released after later works proved popular. The basic set up seems promising. Hannah Griffin is a CSI, specializing in child abuse cases, living in California with her police detective husband and young daughter. However, she has a secret. She is actually Hannah Logan, the lone survivor of a notorious tragedy on a tree farm in the Oregon woods. Instead, Claire seems to have vanished leaving a lot of death and one traumatized daughter behind.
So, yes, the plot is classic thriller but the execution is so annoyingly clunky that I found myself getting distracted. 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.
Mar 05, Jenness rated it really liked it. Hannah Griffin, wife, mother and CSI investigator, is suddenly thrust into her past which she has worked so hard to forgot. Hannah was the only survivor of a horrible fire which also turned out to be the scene of the worst murder scene in years.
Her stroll down memory lane leads her to believe her mother, believed to be the cause of the fire and the deaths of 17 men, may actually have survived the fire and is living a new life. The book seems to rush to a conclusion after such a lenghty buildup. It was one of those books that you ask yourself "Is that it? I did enjoy this book and will probably read more by this author. Jun 04, April rated it it was ok. I like the fact that the author requires the reader to really pay attention to the story line because he mentions certain details that can help the reader sort of figure out clues.
The ending is not really "the end" which leaves room for a sequal. I got a vague feeling for each character. The main female character in this book seemed so cold. Her character is angry, sad and unimaginative. May 31, Margie added it. I enjoyed the book and didn't count on the ending being what it was.
It kept me going right to the end. A good suspense story! I'm not a big fan of fictional mysteries but I'm a huge fan of this author's True Crime so this was just so-so for me. This book was Hannah the protagonist was very bland. She had a lot of issues but I found it difficult to be sympathetic towards her because of how unrealistic and plastic she acted. Even internally when she was battling her own demons she came off as some sort of defective Barbie more than a person.