Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for The Snow Girls by Chris Mooney. Thank you to Sriya Varadharajan for the invite!
About this book…
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…
Oh what a tangled web Chris Mooney has weaved here in this chilling thriller. Be prepared for a twisty and very clever storyline and probably one of my very favourite Darby McCormick books since The Dead Room. I’ve read all of this series now but please don’t worry if you haven’t as The Snow Girls can definitely be read as a standalone.
Chris Mooney has taken the recent allegations against the Catholic Church and built up a plot surrounding the disappearances of three young girls. Father Byrne is on his deathbed and has decided he wants to talk about the crimes he has been a suspect in. The only problem is, he will only speak to Darby McCormick.
Chris Mooney handles a sensitive issue with a huge amount of understanding here. The scandal surrounding the Catholic Church is used to great effect as the backdrop to this cold case. And as the anniversary of Claire Flynns disappearance approaches, the emotions of all those it has affected are running high. Darby has personal connections with many of the characters here, all of whom are well written and intriguing, especially Father Byrne who was such a chilling character creation that he made my skin crawl every time he appeared on the page! It’s a well known fact that the parents of missing and murdered children struggle to maintain their relationships after such devastating events and that’s something that’s also explored within the cast of characters assembled here. I found the interactions between Claire’s father and Darby to be incredibly compelling and affecting. There was an unexpected poignancy there that cut through the tense action taking place.
I absolutely loved this riveting book and read it in one sitting whilst curled up on the sofa nursing a cold. It’s a real page turner from start to finish so definitely recommended by me!
Meet the author…
Chris Mooney is the author of nine thrillers, of which Remembering Sarah was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award for Best Novel. His Darby McCormick series includes The Missing, The Secret Friend, The Soul Collectors, The Dead Room, Fear the Dark and Every Three Hours. Chris’s latest book is Every Pretty Thing, the seventh Darby McCormick thriller. Chris lives in Boston with his wife and son.