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WINNER OF THE MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD

Jenny Milchman’s Cover of Snow is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard.

Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide.

The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them.

Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for an explanation—but finds a bewildering resistance from Brendan’s best friend and partner, his fellow police officers, and his brittle mother. It quickly becomes clear to Nora that she is asking questions no one wants to answer. For beneath the soft cover of snow lies a powerful conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep its presence unknown . . . and its darkest secrets hidden.

Praise for Cover of Snow

 

“Well-defined characters take us on an emotional roller-coaster ride through the darkest night, with blinding twists and occasionally fatal turns. This is a richly woven story that not only looks at the devastating effects of suicide but also examines life in a small town and explores the complexity of marriage. Fans of Nancy Pickard, Margaret Maron, and C. J. Box will be delighted to find this new author.”Booklist (starred review)

 

“Milchman reveals an intimate knowledge of the psychology of grief, along with a painterly gift for converting frozen feelings into scenes of a forbidding winter landscape.”The New York Times

 

“Milchman makes [readers] feel the chill right down to their bones and casts a particularly effective mood in this stylish thriller.”Kirkus Reviews

 

“Milchman tackles small-town angst where evil can simmer under the surface with a breathless energy and a feel for realistic characters.”The Seattle Times

 

“The plot unfolds at an excellent clip . . . ultimately rushing headlong to a series of startling revelations.”—San Francisco Journal of Books

 

“Milchman expertly conveys Nora’s grief in a way that will warm hearts even in the dead of a Wedeskyull winter.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

"When house restorer Nora Hamilton finds that her policeman husband, Brendan, has hanged himself, her image of their idyllic life in Brendan's Adirondacks hometown of Wedeskyull, N.Y., is shattered in Milchman's evocative debut. Yet Nora is not content to accept her husband's death as a suicide. As she tries to make sense of the tragedy and investigate, Brendan's mother and his police co-workers stonewall her. Refusing to simply move on, Nora discovers more and more things about Brendan that don't add up. Why did he get a prescription for sedatives a week before committing suicide? What does the death of his brother exactly 25 years before have to do with anything? The townsfolk's reticence to answer these questions only further compels her to uncover the truth about Brendan's past. Milchman expertly conveys Nora's grief in a way that will warm hearts even in the dead of a Wedeskyull winter. Agent, Julia Kenny, Markson Thoma Literary." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Jenny Milchman’s Cover of Snow is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard.

Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide.

The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them.

Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for answers—but meets with bewildering resistance from Brendan’s best friend and partner, his fellow police officers, and his brittle mother. It quickly becomes clear to Nora that she is asking questions no one wants to answer. For beneath the soft cover of snow lies a powerful conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep its presence unknown . . . and its darkest secrets hidden.

Advance praise for Cover of Snow

“Everything a great suspense novel should be—tense, emotional, mysterious, and satisfying . . . Let’s hope this is the start of a long career.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Wanted Man

“A suspenseful, darkly atmospheric story of switchbacks and surprises, reminiscent of Margaret Maron’s work, which is about the highest praise I can bestow.”—Laura Lippmann

Synopsis:

Jenny Milchman’s Cover of Snow is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard.

Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide.

The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them.

Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for an explanation—but finds a bewildering resistance from Brendan’s best friend and partner, his fellow police officers, and his brittle mother. It quickly becomes clear to Nora that she is asking questions no one wants to answer. For beneath the soft cover of snow lies a powerful conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep its presence unknown . . . and its darkest secrets hidden.

Advance praise for Cover of Snow

“Everything a great suspense novel should be—tense, emotional, mysterious, and satisfying . . . Let’s hope this is the start of a long career.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Wanted Man

“A suspenseful, darkly atmospheric story of switchbacks and surprises, reminiscent of Margaret Maron’s work, which is about the highest praise I can bestow.”—Laura Lippmann

About the Author

Jenny Milchman lives in New Jersey with her family. Cover of Snow is her first novel.

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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, February 2, 2013 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Chapter after chapter of Cover of Snow shocked and impressed me. Jenny Milchman's literary mystery captured me with this urge to stick with Nora until the truth came to light, until the reasons why her husband decided to end his life were found and understood.

The story mostly takes place in Wedeskyull, New York, a small town with huge, dark secrets that affect just about everyone in it. Nora wakes up to find that her husband has committed suicide, but the questions don't start rolling in until Nora's sister Teggie prompts her with startling observations. Teggie's character was a foil to Nora whose presence in the plot helped shape the way reader's view Nora. Where Teggie wasn't afraid to face facts about her brother-in-law's strange ending, Nora didn't want to believe that anything could've been wrong in their life for her husband to kill himself. When Nora didn't think asking questions would pull her out of grief, Teggie pushed her to find the answers she needed for closure. Nora may have needed the extra few pushes to dig into her husband's closeted past, but I had to admire her for her courage to continue investigating, even when dangers began to surround her.

Cover of Snow is portrayed through Nora's first person perspective, but every so few chapters Milchman introduces the third person perspective of another character. Those interludes are what scared me the most as they provided fragments to the bigger picture, showing the lengths some would go to keep a secret hidden. Milchman puts everything out on the table for readers over the course of the story, but it's as if the answers are hiding in plain sight. I couldn't put the story together until the last few chapters, and even then I was in disbelief. Someone, or possibly some ones, in Wedeskyull doesn't want Nora to find answers. I think this was the biggest draw in the story's mystery. Wedeskyull is the kind of town where residents pride themselves on being from a family who's resided there for many generations. They don't take kindly to tourists or newcomers. That mentality coupled with a 25 year old tragedy is what led Nora into a growing web of deceit, secrets and violence that Milchman expertly weaves.

I loved the innovative way Milchman tells Nora's story, because it is definitely the kind of story that every reader will get a different vibe from. To me it was tragic and dark with an undercurrent of hope. I had never considered mystery to be a genre that could bring forth as much raw emotion as Milchman's Cover of Snow. There were so many times that Nora's grief, stress and even her determination brought tears to my eyes, but what really pushed me over the edge was the conclusion. At first it seemed like it was heading on a too simple path. However, just one scene made me rethink, not only my initial evaluation of the ending, but all of Cover of Snow. If Cover of Snow was a play and I were the audience, I would give Jenny Milchman a standing ovation!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345534217
Author:
Milchman, Jenny
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Milch
Author:
man, Jenny
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 1.1938 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When house restorer Nora Hamilton finds that her policeman husband, Brendan, has hanged himself, her image of their idyllic life in Brendan's Adirondacks hometown of Wedeskyull, N.Y., is shattered in Milchman's evocative debut. Yet Nora is not content to accept her husband's death as a suicide. As she tries to make sense of the tragedy and investigate, Brendan's mother and his police co-workers stonewall her. Refusing to simply move on, Nora discovers more and more things about Brendan that don't add up. Why did he get a prescription for sedatives a week before committing suicide? What does the death of his brother exactly 25 years before have to do with anything? The townsfolk's reticence to answer these questions only further compels her to uncover the truth about Brendan's past. Milchman expertly conveys Nora's grief in a way that will warm hearts even in the dead of a Wedeskyull winter. Agent, Julia Kenny, Markson Thoma Literary." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Jenny Milchman’s Cover of Snow is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard.

Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide.

The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them.

Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for answers—but meets with bewildering resistance from Brendan’s best friend and partner, his fellow police officers, and his brittle mother. It quickly becomes clear to Nora that she is asking questions no one wants to answer. For beneath the soft cover of snow lies a powerful conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep its presence unknown . . . and its darkest secrets hidden.

Advance praise for Cover of Snow

“Everything a great suspense novel should be—tense, emotional, mysterious, and satisfying . . . Let’s hope this is the start of a long career.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Wanted Man

“A suspenseful, darkly atmospheric story of switchbacks and surprises, reminiscent of Margaret Maron’s work, which is about the highest praise I can bestow.”—Laura Lippmann

"Synopsis" by , Jenny Milchman’s Cover of Snow is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Gillian Flynn, Chris Bohjalian, and Nancy Pickard.

Waking up one wintry morning in her old farmhouse nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Nora Hamilton instantly knows that something is wrong. When her fog of sleep clears, she finds her world is suddenly, irretrievably shattered: Her husband, Brendan, has committed suicide.

The first few hours following Nora’s devastating discovery pass for her in a blur of numbness and disbelief. Then, a disturbing awareness slowly settles in: Brendan left no note and gave no indication that he was contemplating taking his own life. Why would a rock-solid police officer with unwavering affection for his wife, job, and quaint hometown suddenly choose to end it all? Having spent a lifetime avoiding hard truths, Nora must now start facing them.

Unraveling her late husband’s final days, Nora searches for an explanation—but finds a bewildering resistance from Brendan’s best friend and partner, his fellow police officers, and his brittle mother. It quickly becomes clear to Nora that she is asking questions no one wants to answer. For beneath the soft cover of snow lies a powerful conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep its presence unknown . . . and its darkest secrets hidden.

Advance praise for Cover of Snow

“Everything a great suspense novel should be—tense, emotional, mysterious, and satisfying . . . Let’s hope this is the start of a long career.”—Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Wanted Man

“A suspenseful, darkly atmospheric story of switchbacks and surprises, reminiscent of Margaret Maron’s work, which is about the highest praise I can bestow.”—Laura Lippmann

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