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Thanks to NetGalley and Bell Bridge Books for providing an ebook in exchange for an honest review.

34 Pages

Synopsis: Words to live by: Never steal from a drunk in the woods.

An epic and sudden blizzard is blanketing Mount Tom Regional High School…in October. A dangerous man is stalking the hallways, and three teens harbor a secret that may get everyone killed if they don’t figure out how to stop the snow and the rampage.

When I impulsively requested Snow on NetGalley, I failed to notice that it was a short story. I don’t read many short stories unless they’re part of an anthology and even then, I’ve had mixed results with them. But much to my surprise I really enjoyed this. While the premise of “teens are in detention when horrible things start happening!” isn’t an entirely new premise, Odentz gives this a surprising and creative twist that I didn’t see coming until a few pages before the end. The first few pages are a bit of an info-dump regarding the three main characters, but this quickly smooths out. The dialogue between them is amusing and I found myself laughing more than once. This is going to be a much shorter review than I normally post because there’s not much more I can say without venturing into spoiler territory. It’s a quick and clever little read that older teen and adult fans of horror mixed with dark comedy should enjoy especially around Christmas. It’s definitely made me want to check out more of Howard Odentz’s works!