The haunting story of Anna, a fascinating teenager who forges a relationship with the narrator of the story, then suddenly disappears. Reading this novel is the first place I heard about numbers stations made popular in the TV show Lost. You won't soon forget this book and its main character. Unlike the usual mystery this one leaves many unanswered questions. Deliciously creepy.
The book is written in a very creative writing style. The thing I didn't like is how unresolved the story is. The narrator tries to figure out what happend to Anna, but nothing is really very clear in the end, just assumptions and guesses of what happend. It's like the author wanted you to kinda have to figure it out for yourself. This book isn't exactly a mystery either (or the type of mystery a mystery reader would normally read), despite the missing girl plot, and misleading first part of the back cover, "Anna Cayne had moved here in August, just before our sophomore year in high school, but by February she had, one by one, killed everyone in town." It's more of a story of the narrater's time together with Anna. And the aftermath of thier relationship when she goes missing. All in all, it's a very simple, yet complex book at the same time.
A YA puzzler, As Simple As Snow tells the story of a straight forward teen who meets a complicated Goth girl and falls hard. Over the course of one winter they are together. She is full of tricks and mind games, weaving herself into his life as they plan to be together forever. One of her hobbies is writing obituaries for everyone in the town. She talks about death and suicide and they make a pact to try to contact each other if anything happens. Their code is the phrase ‘as simple as snow’.
One February night she disappears. All that is found is her dress and a hole in the river. Did she drown? Was it suicide or murder? Where had she gone? Her body is never recovered and our main character is left to try and put the pieces together. At this point the book descended into an valley of teen angst and I basically lost interest.
A disappointing ending to a book that started with so much promise. Lots of literary and musical references but the writing turned stilted and clumsy, and the characters were just too one dimensional and lacked depth. Unfortunately As Simple As Snow never really developed into the interesting story I had hoped for.
Very haunting book. The feeling has stayed with me since first reading it over a year ago.
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