Author: Ruth Ware
Series: Hush Collection #1
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
First Published: July 30, 2020
Genres: Domestic Thriller, Dystopia
Source: Prime Reading
When a barrier between truth and illusion grows stronger, a family’s trust crumbles in this arresting short story by the number one New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10.
Leah has spent her formative years isolated on a remote island with her family. But their quiet existence, far from the devastated mainland, is cracking. Father, sensing a coming threat, demands that a wall be built. As the stone blockade rises, Father’s paranoia escalates. So does Leah’s dread that the violence the family left behind has found its way to their sanctuary.Also in this series: Treasure, Slow Burner, The Gift
Snowflakes is a domestic thriller that borders on dystopia about a man and his children on an isolated island. He takes his children away from the mainland because of fear of an apocalyptic war. They work hard to establish a life in the wilderness and till the land, surviving off the grid. The children begin to wonder what happened back home and grow increasingly afraid of their father, driven mad with paranoia about a war that’s destroyed their home.
“It couldn’t be to keep anything out. There wasn’t anyone on the island but us. But as the wall grew higher and higher, we began to wonder.”
The tone of the novel was depressing and dark; The children have a hard life and have had to adapt to harsh conditions. Ware’s writing is easy to devour, and the plot is paced well and evenly develops the main characters. The references throughout that link the plot to the real world were clever. Despite this, I had very mixed feelings about this story, not for it’s writing style but for the way that it seeks to explain everything in the epilogue.
The mystery is revealed and every single motivation is spelled out for the reader in a way that feels too blunt. The story was not that deep, and the connections are pretty easy to tell for anyone that is even remotely familiar with American politics. While I agree with the dangers of extreme ideologies, it felt jarring that the plot had to be revealed and rehashed to me like I was in middle school.
- Pros: Well written dystopian novel that is genuinely chilling, good setting.
- Cons: Epilogue which seeks to over explain the political message, may be too dark and depressing for many readers.
- Warnings: Violence, Language, Child abuse