Gregg Olsen: Snow Creek

This review is written with thanks to Bookouture for my copy of Snow Creek via Netgalley.


When Ruth Turner walks into the Sheriff’s office in Jefferson County’s Port Townsend claiming her sister Ida Watson has been missing for over a month, Detective Megan Carpenter’s instincts tell her that she needs to do more than just file a report.

Racing over to Ida’s secluded farmhouse in the hills above Snow Creek, Megan finds Ida’s teenage children alone and frightened. She can’t help but notice there’s no TV. No video games. Nothing of the outside world. Something about the Watson family doesn’t add up.

Then the body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned pickup truck close to the Watsons’ home and Megan’s convinced the cases are connected.

If she has any chance of catching the killer, Megan must first unravel the secrets of the isolated Snow Creek community.

But Megan has dark secrets of her own too. Hidden in the back of her closet is a box of tapes containing every single recording of her therapy sessions over thirteen years ago. Can she finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out? And will reliving her own painful story help her solve the complex case before another innocent life is lost?

From the Number One New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon Charts bestselling author, comes an absolutely heart-stopping and completely unputdownable crime series, introducing Detective Megan Carpenter.


I flew through this novel in less than a day and I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to Detective Megan Carpenter. She’s clever and full of empathy for the victims of the crimes she investigates, but she also has a dark past of her own that Olsen begins to unpack in this first book in the series. She’s a fascinating character and she definitely has a lot to give as the series continues.

Snow Creek, is, as the title suggests, set in the isolated area of Snow Creek. The descriptions of the setting are beautiful and I really felt as though I had been transported there for the duration of the novel. The sense of isolation and the attitude of some members of the Snow Creek community made me feel really uneasy and created an atmosphere that was full of tension.

The plot of Snow Creek is quite complex, but Olsen has set the story out very well so that it all comes together in a satisfying way. There are a few twists and turns as it unfolds and I wanted to know what would happen.

Snow Creek ends on a cliffhanger, and I look forward to seeing how the series continues! Look out for my review of Water’s Edge, the second book in the series, as part of the blog tour tomorrow.

Snow Creek is available from Amazon.

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