It’s been eleven years since Claire Flynn disappeared – abducted without trace from a snowy hillside, leaving her parents heartbroken.
Investigator Darby McCormick remembers the case. She knows there’s only ever been one suspect, Father Richard Byrne, linked inconclusively to two similar disappearances.
Finally, terminally ill, Byrne is willing to talk. But he’ll only talk to Darby.
She’s expecting a confession – but what she hears is far more disturbing.
And it soon becomes clear that someone is willing to kill to keep this cold case on ice…
The Snow Girls by Chris Mooney is a real page-turner. An eleven-year-old cold case may finally be about to be solved. With a gripping crime mystery and an engaging lead character, I was totally gripped by this book.
This is the first time I have come across Chris Mooney’s name, although I understand he has been around for quite some time and this series has won him lots of critical acclaim. I found this really easy to get into and I didn’t have any problems at all with the plot, so it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. I am now keen to discover more about Darby so I will be catching up on her earlier cases. I read huge chunks of this novel in one go, the excellent dialogue and engaging plot carried me along.
I’ve always been fascinated by cold cases, so this is what made this book really interesting as I wanted to see if there really was anything new that the police could find after such a long time. Investigator, Darby McCormick, is re-investigating the abduction of Claire Flynn, the girl who vanished eleven years ago. The one suspect in the case, Father Byrne, a former Catholic priest, is dying and the police fear that this is the last chance they have of finally uncovering what happened to Claire before he takes his secrets to his grave. But Father Byrne is a slippery character, and he will not give his secrets up easily.
I really wanted to find out what had happened to Claire and Chris Mooney kept up the suspense as I turned the pages, desperate to find out the truth. What made this book all the more fascinating was Darby’s link to Claire’s father. This is what makes this case deeply personal to Darby, and she is determined to find answers for Mickey, Claire’s father, and bring the person behind Claire’s disappearance to justice.
As Chris gradually began to reveal long buried secrets connected to Claire’s case, I became more and more invested in the plot and in the lives of his characters. I loved getting to know Detective Darby, and I could never be sure if Father Byrne was pulling strings and simply having fun with the police in his final days. He was a very untrustworthy character who I think will send chills down many readers spines. Chris’s writing definitely has that addictive quality to it, I would warn you not to start it if you have any plans to go out as you will not want to put it down.
The Snow Girls was such an engrossing read. If you’re looking for a gripping crime thriller that will keep you immersed in the plot until the final page, then I definitely recommend this book.
Publication date: 15th November 2018
Print length: 443 pages
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