Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Snow Escape by Roberta Goodman (Review by Melissa)

Let me begin by saying if you are one of the people who get really wrapped up in a book, so engrossed that you almost feel what the character is feeling, and your husband is out of state, your son isn't home to protect you, you live in New England and it's dark, prepare to not sleep. Just kidding, well sort of! That's what happened to me when reading this story. Roberta Goodman will get you so wrapped up in the story of Allegra and her plight that you'll be double checking your locks, looking over your shoulder, and definately not logging into a dating site! Now that that's out of the way, onto the storyline.

   It's winter time in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn and Allegra, a fourth grade teacher, is about to endure the worst experience of her life. Sick of being single, after a devastating break-up with her "boyfriend" Danny, Allegra decides to try a dating website. Stuck in the her apartment complex, with a cast of scary and odd neighbors, due to a blizzard that is quietly dumping feet of snow on the state and shutting down the city, Allegra decides to renew her interest in the infrequently checked website and see if her profile has brought in anyone worth her while. Here starts the thrill ride.

   Charles, a shoe salesman, has contacted Allegra and caught her interest. She decides to email him back. He quickly responds to her email and asks her to chat on the sites IM. Bored silly, she agrees. During the IM chat, nice enough at first, Charles starts to ramble on about the storm and how some people wait for storms of this magnitude to commit the most heinous crimes imaginable because the police can not get there in time. Just as Allegra starts to not like the flow of the conversation and wants to get off the chat, Charles continues with "our building" and "live here". Now she knows something is wrong. When she asks him who he is and if he lives in the same complex as her he replies that he is going to burrow in her head and turn her inside out. From here is the roller coaster of a ride that Allegra experiences, changing her life for good.

   I true mind twister with a mystery plot and a cast of sinister characters that keep Allegra, and the reader, on their toes, this is a book you won't be able to put down. Every new turn will have you suspecting someone else. Each new detail will have you just a little more engrossed or scared. This psychological thriller is a must read for anyone who is a fan of this type of genre. If you happen to be caught in the perfect storm you might want to pick the book up to add that little extra thrill factor! Thanks for reading! -Melissa

A room without books is like a body without a soul. -Cicero


Thank you Melissa :) I certainly don't want to make anyone paranoid by reading Snow Escape. I wanted to emphasize that people need to be cautious when interacting with strangers. With the advent of the internet, so many people are meeting this way and there really is no way of knowing who they're talking to when using the medium. It could be someone harmless, or someone who's not!!

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