Snowstorm by Michael J Shell

Snowstorm by Michael J Shell
A Vertigo Novel
Publisher: Shell Publishing
Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (302 pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Secrets are created to be discovered The Vertigo Police Department was established in 2004 when the town was barely on the map. During that year, a series of events shook the officers and their families to the core. Unable to explain the events, they became Vertigo’s secret. Fast forward to modern day, Jenna Parker attends a class trip to Wolf Mountain. During this trip Jenna’s secret comes to a horrifying reality which triggers a chain of events that challenge everything Jenna knows and understands. From Ruth Larkins, the investigating Social Worker to the mysterious Mr. Pike who can control a crowd of people with his simple soothing voice; Jenna is caught in a snowstorm of confusion and frustration in a world controlled by adults. Jenna comes to realize the awful truth that not only does her father harbor his own secrets; he and Mr. Pike know exactly why her mother killed herself.

This is the second Vertigo novel I’ve read and I enjoyed being reunited with many of the characters from the first book, especially the main character, Jenna Parker.

The first part of Snowstorm goes back in time and is almost like a separate story, but does give insight into what’s been happening in Vertigo and to Jenna.

The second half of the book focuses on Jenna and her father. They’re about to go on a school trip that doesn’t end well for her. More of her secrets are slowly uncovered, new characters are introduced, and it sets the stage for what will be book three in the series.

Although I have to admit, I did like the first book more than this one because it focused more on Jenna who is a character that’s very likeable. Just like the previous story, you feel an empathy with this young girl who is still a child but seems to have the weight of the world on her shoulders. I think the first person narration really does pull you in and you feel yourself cheering her on and hoping that she stays safe.

This book has a more paranormal feel to it, but like the first one, has fast pacing and lots of interesting secondary characters.

Although this could be read as a standalone book, I think it get a full appreciation of the characters and plot, you need to read book one, The Secret, before tackling Snowstorm. And if you’re a horror fan looking for something different or like lots of paranormal elements in a horror story, this might be the series for you.

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