Review of A Cold White Fear by R J Harlick

A Cold White Fear Book Cover A Cold White Fear
R. J. Harlick
Dundurn Group
November 7, 2015

A major blizzard has cut off road access to Meg Harris s isolated cabin, where she and her young Adjidamo are getting ready for Christmas. The unexpected arrival of two strange men, one of them wounded, sparks a terrifying chain of events that has Meg fighting to get herself and Adjidamo out alive."

I found the start of this book by R. J. Harlick both evocative and appealing. I’d not come across this author or her series before however the blurb sounded appealing. The basic story here is quite simple. I imagine quite a few readers will have read stories with somewhat similar plot lines – strangers turning up in isolated settings. There is a slightly old fashioned feel to it possibly. There are few characters, it is set in a constrained environment with a snowstorm outside.

The story develops well with some good twists and turns in it. The characters are well developed and fleshed out. The pace and tension are enduring and keep me fully engaged and often gripped by the narrative. Given the basic story line is not highly original it took me a little while to work out just why I found it so enjoyable. It is that good old fashioned talent of very good writing which will probably keep many readers very happy.

I’d not come across Meg Harris before & this can certainly be read as a standalone story. That said it may be that you will, like me, decide that you would like to explore more of these stories if this is the first you have read. If you are already a fan you’ll probably get it anyway and I’m fairly certain you will enjoy it.

Note – I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review