The Snowman s Children is a poignant, psychologically intense first novel that tells the story of an incident from one man s childhood in the 1970s, when a serial killer called The Snowman stalked the streets of suburban Detroit The incident, a result of good but woefully misguided juvenile intentions, forced his family to leave their home, and eventually forced him, at aThe Snowman s Children is a poignant, psychologically intense first novel that tells the story of an incident from one man s childhood in the 1970s, when a serial killer called The Snowman stalked the streets of suburban Detroit The incident, a result of good but woefully misguided juvenile intentions, forced his family to leave their home, and eventually forced him, at age twenty nine, to return to his hometown in search of three old friends Reminiscent of both To Kill a Mockingbird in its touching portrait of childhood, and the beautifully written brand of suspense that calls to mind Smilla s Sense of Snow, The Snowman s Children is an unusually controlled and original novel that establishes Hirshberg as an important new voice in American literature.
The Snowman s Children The Snowman s Children is a poignant psychologically intense first novel that tells the story of an incident from one man s childhood in the s when a serial killer called The Snowman stalked the
2015 review A friend pointed me in the direction Glen Hirshberg s first novel, The Snowman s Children, several years ago, and it remains one of the best recommendations I ve received The book left a strong impression on me, and after a second read, it s become one of my very favorites Snowman s Children is, I suppose, what s normally considered a coming of age story, though with shades of horror throughout On the surface, it sounds like a thriller of some sort, the story of a child killer haunti [...]
3.5 starsThis novel wasn t so much a non stop rollercoaster ride but a long meandering drive to the sea shore There is a distinct division between the tone establishing first half rich with metaphor and the accelerated second half filled with the meat of the story In the opening, our main character, Mattie Rhodes, seems a few shades tamer then Bart Simpson he pulls pranks, but nothing horrible The book shifts between his childhood, his college years, and the present day mid 90 s Detroit and esta [...]
I love discovering authors who have the potential for becoming new favorites and whose progress I can enjoy following book by book Occasionally, as with Jonathan Lethem, I get to be there when they go from obscure Gun, With Occasional Music to best selling and award winning The Fortress of Solitude Or to be there when a little known novel like Shoeless Joe becomes a blockbuster movie Field of Dreams and suuddenly everyone is talking about an author you ve been faithfully following and quietly re [...]
This is copy 171 of 250 signed numbered copies of the leather bound slipcased edition signed by Glen Hirshberg.Introduction by Elizabeth HandAfterword by Gary A BraumbeecArt by Alex McVey
A creepy psychological book Goes between 1976 when the events happened and 1994 trying to find resolution for Mattie The winter of 1976 finds this Detroit suburb on alert to a Snowman who captures children that are later found dead, but apparently well cared for Neighborhoods and family are thrown into a tizzy with curfews and lifestyle changes Eleven year old Mattie, Theresa and Spencer and enthralled with this event and even go so far to fake a missing child His family moves from the area shor [...]
In a prior review, I mentioned my fascination with cold places, possibly due to spending my entire life in Florida Places that receive serious snowfall seem silent, mysterious, and, honestly, pretty frightening Maybe I ve read too many stories of bodies hidden in snow and not found until spring or an equal number of tales featuring a body trapped under ice At any rate, I vaguely remember hearing about murders committed by a serial killer in Oakland County, Michigan I was too young for anyone to [...]
I read this book about 8 months ago and earlier today, I was staring off at nothing thinking about it This book has done this to me periodically ever since I finished the last page Today, I thought I should write about it.Disclaimer I was a fan of Glen Hirshberg s before ever picking up this book I was only familiar with his short and medium length fiction at the time and was firmly enthralled by everything I had read so far All that to say my expectations could not have been set any higher for [...]
This book is adult fiction, described as psychologically intense, and that is an apt description of how the story unfolds In Detroit, in the 1970 s, Mattie, Spencer and Theresa were in the gifted program at their school At that same point in time, a serial killer known as The Snowman was picking and choosing young victims with impunity How those horrific murders affected families, neighborhoods and these three exceptional children, both at that time, and thirty years later is the framework of th [...]
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I thought that this book was a murder mystery It really is not What this book is about is the stress of families living under the shadow of a serial killer, and the ripples that stress has into the future It is also about the intensity of childhood friendship, love, illness, betrayal and loss.
Riveting, even though it s not a true serial killer book It s a psychological coming of age story Very well written, but kind of like a car crash Sometimes you just have to put it down
An uneven first book that attempts to explore the lives of three kids living in the shadow of a serial killer Set in 1970s Detroit and the protagonists adulthood, shifting between the two His prose runs purple the narrator is often astonished and his mouth often gapes In one scene, the words spurted from his mouth like blood from a severed jugular Additionally, he continuously commits the First Sin of Dialog Attribution Get out she barked, I m tired, he whined He doesn t seem to have learned tha [...]
I am still giving this one star because it is written very well, but can t give stars to something I stopped reading I wanted to keep reading it, because the writing was quite good, but I gave up because I was one third of the way through and the writer brought up The Snowman every once in a while, in a teasing kind of why, but that far into the book, even though we were told how horrible this serial killer child molester kidnapper was, we still don t know exactly what crimes he comitted That s [...]
The author s descriptions are phenomenal Hirshberg s writing is so lyrical and gorgeous The plot was slow moving at times, but not as grim and violent as I was expecting, given the subject matter I definitely enjoyed it, although I d love to see the author apply his amazing writing skills to a story that was a bit less grim Dysfunctional man returning to hometown to follow up on childhood errors was a engaging, but given his amazing writing, the plot felt a bit pedestrian.
If you can t deal with Childhood trauma, this is not the book for you, but if you canyou must read this book You will be sucked right into 1970s Detroit, in the mind of a child If I say this book is haunting , I don t mean in a mysterious, or supernatural sort of way Its a psychological haunting that will lead you to believe you know these characters They have become my friends, in every sad way.
A very intriguing book, though ultimately unsatisfying in certain ways The protagonist, Mattie Rhodes, returns to Detroit to see if he can find a friend from his youth The book intertwines the story of his search with the story of his youth, where a serial killer is on the loose killing children Some of the events are just too contrived and unbelievable, but the desire to discover what really happened and what will happen keeps it interesting enough.
This one was a bit creepy but it was well written People from the Detroit area would recognize all the locations landmarks The back story is about a serial killer of children which I think was based on a true situation The story itself is about children who aren t physically directly affected by the back story but who are psychologically affected and make some unbelievable choices.
Personally, I did not like this book I felt the author did not go into enough details in some places and I felt like I was waiting for something to come I picked this book because it was going to be about a child serial killer in the 70s in Detroit He did a decent job getting you to know the characters but there was always something missing in his descriptions and story line.
I read and enjoyed some short stories by this author, so I thought I d try this book I enjoyed it It was a little slow in a couple of places, but it was well written and kept me interested until the end.
I found this book somewhat confusing not to mention boring as hell.
Really well written, but I found the plot unsatisfying in a number of ways.
This was a hard slog I felt there was a promise of excitement, after all it s a mystery thriller, but they never came.
Isssh, one I ll not read again.
This was a real suspenseful read One of a few I would read a second time.
Excellent Kept me riveted the entire time.
Absolutely wonderful Characters were so real, I wouldn t have been surprised to see them walk into my house.