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 Deep, Deep Snow by Brian Freeman
Brian Freeman’s books always haunt me in a good way, long after I have read them. I find myself reconstructing what I have read to see where I might have missed the clues to the ending. I never succeed. The Deep, Deep Snow was no different.
I immediately was caught up in the life of Deputy Shelby Lake, her story of adoption and her career choices, along with her life mistakes and mishaps. Shelby Lake, a woman of substance, good at her job, not always feeling respected because of being a woman in what residents feel is a man’s world, has a determination that doesn’t quit when it comes to the disappearance of Jeremiah Stone.
I didn’t want to put this book down. I was moved by the way the author used the symbolism of owls in Shelby’s life. It prompted me to look up the meaning of an owl spirit animal. An owl was present when she was found as a tiny baby and appeared at profound moments in her life. I found the owl spirit animal represents a deep connection with wisdom, good judgement and knowledge. It is thought that seeing an owl can be a sign of a blessing or a bad omen. I imagine the author knew this because he was spot on when he used it in this book.
I possibly felt a deep connection with the characters because of the way the subject of Alzheimers was used in the story. Having dealt with it with family members in the past and now with another close family member, the portrayal of the disease was accurate and the author took us into the feelings of both Shelby’s father who has the disease and the ramifications on the caretaker.
I give this book five stars. Every time I review a Brian Freeman book, I always say it is the best one yet. I have to say that about this one too. I can’t wait to read more.
About the Author
Brian Freeman is a New York Times bestselling author of psychological thrillers, including the Jonathan Stride and Frost Easton series. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. He is widely acclaimed for his “you are there” settings and his complex, engaging characters and twist-filled plots. Brian was also selected as the official author to continue Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne series, and his new Bourne novel THE BOURNE EVOLUTION was released in 2020.
His novel THE NIGHT BIRD, the first in the Frost Easton series set in San Francisco, was one of the top 20 Kindle bestsellers of 2017. His latest releases include two standalones, the #1 Amazon Kindle bestseller THIEF RIVER FALLS and the #1 bestselling Audible Original THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW.
Brian’s seventh novel SPILLED BLOOD won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards given out by the International Thriller Writers organization, and his fifth novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. His debut thriller, IMMORAL, won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel and was a nominee for the Edgar, Dagger, Anthony, and Barry Awards. IMMORAL was named an International Book of the Month, a distinction shared with authors such as Harlan Coben and Lisa Unger.
All of Brian’s books are also available in audiobook editions. His novels THE BONE HOUSE and SEASON OF FEAR were both finalists for Best Audiobook of the Year in Thriller/Suspense.
For more information on Brian’s books, visit his web site at bfreemanbooks.com or find him on Facebook at facebook.com/bfreemanfans or Twitter and Instagram (@bfreemanbooks).