THE DEEP DEEP SNOW
REVIEWED BY LINDA WICKLUND
think it's always fun to try a new author you
haven't read before. In this case, I was really
happy I did. The interesting thing is that the
main character, Shelby Lake who is a female Deputy Sheriff, tells the story in the first person. A
written by a male author. I don't think that's
thing is the multiple story lines in this book. It
is not only a story about a 10-year-old boy who
goes missing and his devastated family, but also
Shelby's story which includes her Dad the town's
sheriff who is desperately trying to hang on with
early onset Alzheimerís.
The story begins
with Shelby telling how her Dad rescued her as a
newborn who was left on his doorstep on a freezing
night. His house used to be a church complete
with a white steeple and stained glass windows.
So, the birth mother assumed she would be found.
Shelby was always thankful that a wonderful,
caring 30 year old Tom Ginn found her in time. He
was to become her Dad and best friend.
It's a beautiful
summerís day when young Jeremiah disappears with
the only clue being his bicycle tipped over on the
shoulder of the road. Jeremiah's older brother
tells everyone that the reason they didn't stay
together that morning was because Jeremiah wanted
to go home and he wasn't ready. Needless to say,
this did not make their parents happy that he let
his younger brother go alone. It's at this point
in the story that the lies begin...
investigation begins no one wants to admit the
awful truth. The child is not just lost in the
woods, but really missing. "Hard to believe
someone took him. Not around here." The next day
there was nothing to do but call in the FBI to
help with the search. Of course, along with the
FBI comes the inevitable media circus. In spite
of all the resources of the FBI no suspect was
ever arrested. Summer turns to fall and fall
turns to winter but, "In every investigation where
there are simply no more clues and no matter hard
you try, you can't create them."
I think I'll leave
you to discover the interesting characters and
twists in this story that I doubt you'll see
coming. It's Shelby who discovers the clue that
no one else had to unlock the final secret. Her
Dad tells her, "Do you know what they say about
the deep, deep snow?" "It hides every secret. It
covers every sin."