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In an ice-bound river, a professor's wife has drowned, and the unruffled surface of campus life at Atherton University is becoming agitated. Randall has had an affair with the professor, and revelations are pending in the local press. Rumours grow, and people in the town make connections with a similar death many years earlier, and the deception that binds the three friends together threatens to destroy them utterly.
It would be foolish to deny that the plot does not have strong echoes of Donna Tartt's much-acclaimed The Secret History, but Christopher Rice is very much his own man and such allusions are only momentarily distracting. Perhaps the gothic elements (so skilfully handled here) should not be too much of a surprise, as the author's mother is no less than Anne Rice, doyenne of the epic vampire novel. And as this contemporary horror story moves ineluctably to its chilling conclusion, Anne Rice may not be pleased by the fact that her son's book is considerably more impressive than anything she herself has done in some time. And the pulse-racing set-pieces here will no doubt soon be inspiring a bidding war in Hollywood. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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I loved the author's first book so it was a no-brainer that I'd read this, his next novel, but it was terrible. I kept reading, hoping it would get better but it never did. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2009 by Dear Dan
I quite liked this book and found the character writing to be honest and refreshing. I stumbled upon this book in a second hand book store. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2009 by Natasha
This book reads like it was written by someone the age of the main characters - a college freshman, a talented freshman, but still a freshman.Published on Nov. 30 2007 by Donald W Norris
I loved Christopher Rice's first novel "Destiny of Souls," so when I saw this in a Penn Station newspaper stop, I knew I had to read it. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by K. English
if you're really not expecting much from this book, then it's not all that bad. Wandering through barnes and noble one day i stumbled on this book and became bretty interested to... Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Amanda
There is something mystical and captivating that Rice protreys in this novel. It seems like it's a dream and almost pulls you into the life of the main character, Randell. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Krys Markin
Although the summary on the book's jacket is a little misleading, I found it impossible to put down. The characters and the plot are richly drawn. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Stephbo
"The Snow Garden" along with Rice's first book (...) are all good books as long as you fit the demographic. I would not reccomend this book to any adult or heterosexual. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Bill