I really enjoyed this book and raced through it, finding it difficult to put down. It is the story of 12 year old Nicky Dillon and her father, Robert, struggling to come to terms with bereavement and choosing to hide themselves away from the world in a remote house on the edge of woods. They go for a walk in the woods one evening and come across a new-born baby abandoned in the snow. The baby’s mother, Charlotte, while avoiding the police, becomes involved in the Dillons’ lives ending up with them all snowed in during extreme weather. Charlotte affects both father and daughter, becoming almost hero worshipped by Nicky, and helping Robert to realise that his grief is crippling him and he has to try and move forward.

This is the first book I have read by Anita Shreve and I was very impressed. She writes in such an interesting and absorbing way; the characters are very accurately portrayed; the descriptions of the countryside are beautifully depicted being both dramatic in its loveliness but slightly scary and intimidating in its isolation; and the storyline is a very powerful one that tugs at your heartstrings.

The story itself seems fairly simple and there is nothing particularly dramatic to grip the reader, and yet I was absolutely gripped. I can’t quite describe what it is about Shreve’s writing that makes it so exceptional, but exceptional it is.

I will definitely be reading more of her books.

Light On Snow (Paperback)

By (author): Anita Shreve

Light on Snow
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