The Deep, Deep Snow
In an intense, emotional mystery that spans a decade in the life of a small town, bestselling author Brian Freeman brings us an unforgettable heroine who discovers that the dead may sometimes be easier to rescue than the living.
Deputy Shelby Lake was abandoned as a baby, saved by a stranger who found her in the freezing cold. Now, years later, a young boy is missing—and Shelby is the one who must rescue a child.
The only evidence of what happened to ten-year-old Jeremiah Sloan is a bicycle left behind on a lonely road. After a desperate search fails to locate him, the close bonds of Shelby’s hometown begin to fray under the weight of accusations and suspicion. Everyone around her is keeping secrets. Her adoptive father, her best friend, her best friend’s young daughter—they all have something to hide. Even Shelby is concealing a mistake that could jeopardize her career and her future.
Unearthing the lies of the people in Jeremiah’s life doesn’t get the police and the FBI any closer to finding him. As time passes and the case grows cold, Shelby worries that the mystery will stay buried forever under the deep, deep snow. But even the deepest snow melts in the spring.
When a tantalizing clue finally comes to light, Shelby must confront the darkest lie of all. Exposing the truth about Jeremiah will leave no one’s life untouched—including her own.
The first part of this enthralling standalone from Thriller Award-winner Freeman (the Jonathan Stride series) focuses on the disappearance of 10-year-old Jeremiah Sloan, whose abandoned bike is found one day on a remote road in Mittel County, of which the book's eloquent narrator, Deputy Shelby Lake, says, "This being Mittel County, we say we live in the Middle of Everywhere, but the truth is that we're closer to the middle of nowhere." The boy's parents demand that the FBI be called in to handle the case, and Shelby becomes the local liaison. In the course of the investigation, Shelby uncovers family secrets and hidden tragedies, some of which affect her own life. Jeremiah's abduction remains unsolved, though evidence discovered in the search for the boy incriminates a local man in the shooting death of his wife. When the boy's backpack is found 10 years later, his case is reopened. Freeman brings all the characters to life, highlighting their strengths as well as the darkness that lies within each of them, thus adding a delicious sense of uncertainty as to their motives. Readers will have a tough time putting this one down.
Too Many Coincidences
Interesting and very descriptive writing. It wasn’t until the explanations for various events that I thought just too many coincidences. Had a hint when Tom talked about the night he took off after his mother’s death. Shelby is speculating the policewoman is his mother and Tom his father.
The Deep, Deep Snow
Well written and kept me guessing.
Lots of great things about this book—engaging characters, mystery development, twists and turns in the plot. Time reading it is well spent. 👍😊