Snowball by Gregory Bastianelli is a wonderfully unique story that will have your brain working in overdrive until the very end! I haven't been this surprised by a book in a long time. I went into reading this book with one idea of what the book was going to be. I expected a thriller story taking place in a snowy trapped environment. Half way though the book, I knew I was in for a very different kind of story, and I couldn't be more excited to recommend this book.
The Start of the Story
It's Christmas Eve and a dangerous blizzard has hit the area. We start with Toby Hodge who is driving a snowplow on a turnpike lane. New Hampshire hasn't seen a storm like this in over 40 years. Suddenly he sees brown shapes through the snow and slams on his brakes. Now his snowplow is stuck and the snow is now nearly at the top of his plow blade. He tries to move forward but the vehicle starts slipping sideways. Then Toby sees something in the road, and he gets out of the plow and sinks into the deep snow.
Eight More Vehicles
Eventually eight more vehicles line up behind the snow plow. They are all out on the road on this Christmas Eve for different reasons. Each of them have plans, and they have somewhere else to be. Some of the drivers got out of their stuck vehicles to check on the other drivers. Graham Sawyer gets out and is joined by a 20 something male wearing nothing warmer than a ski vest. Next they saw a heavy set black man talking with a middle-aged bearded man. They decide to check out the snow plow at the front of the line and see what is going on. The plow is turned off, without any hazard lights, and that seems strange to the group. They find a red smear along the air vents inside the plow and a puddle of blood on the floor mat.
They go back to their vehicles and decide not to tell their respective passengers the full story of what they have found. As the night moves on, 10 people make their way to an RV this is also stalled but offers heat and some other creature comforts to keep the panic at bay. To keep the conversation going, the driver of the RV poses the question "What was your worst winter memory?"
The stories start slowly, and not everyone is interested in sharing, but this is when the book takes on a different direction.
Snowball by Gregory Bastianelli is a spooky ride. There are graphic details, but they definitely apply to the story and the reasons that things are happening as they are. If you like dark fairy tales, this is the book for you. I haven't read a story that weaves together characters, their back stories, and the consequences of their actions so well, in a very long time. This is a book that you will be thinking about long after you have finished the story. A fast paced book that will keep you reading long into the night. I highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: Thank you to Flame Tree Press for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.