Review: (4 / 5) Snow is a horror novel written by Ronald Malfi, published in 2010 by Leisure Books. The book received favorable reviews, with Goodreads giving it 3.68, and Amazon readers scoring it four out of five stars. Its best rating was by Barnes and Noble at 4.25.
The story begins with Todd Curry and the rest of the travelers at Chicago O’Hare Airport become stranded due to a snow storm. Curry is on his way to Iowa to see his son for the holidays. With spending Christmas with his son in jeopardy, he meets a woman in the terminal named Kate who is heading the same direction as Curry and offers to split a rental car with him. They become stranded in the town of Woodson, and it is here that the story unfolds. Without going in to details, we get snow monsters, human takeovers, and plenty of gore.
Malfi does a good job with the story. Phantoms aside, the characters are well-developed and their stories believable. The characters drive the plot forward, and there’s plenty of twists and turns, and it’s loaded with tension.
So does anything not work? Not really, although I’ll say one thing in the story confused me. Malfi calls them snow monsters, however for all intents and purpose they are zombies. The monsters take over the skins of humans. My understanding of zombies is that they don’t do well in the colder climates, so I can’t help but wonder how this works. Sure it’s fiction, but I do think as writers we should stay within the boundaries of what we know to be the tropes.