Christopher Rice: The Snow Garden
UK 2003, 406 pp., Pb, € 9.59Kostenloser Versand ab 20 Euro Bestellwert.
Atherton University, freshman year. Kathryn, Randall, and Jesse come from different parts of America, but find themselves unexpectedly drawn together. For each of them, college promises a bright future and a way to disconnect from a dark, haunted past. Kathryn wants to forget her drug dealing and HIV-positive boy-friend, Randall conveils both a mobile-home childhood in Texas and a teenage youth as a prostitute in New York, Jesse has to deal with an alcoholic and abusive father. But as winter sets in, their secret histories threaten to disrupt the layers of deceit that protect their fragile new lives. One dark night a professor's wife is found drowned in an icy river, and rumors of murder threaten the safe haven of Atherton. Within days, Randall's illicit affair with the professor is about to be revealed in the local press. Then, an old mystery emerges from the shadows as people recall the discovery of a co-ed's corpse in a frozen creek twenty years before. Gradually, the three friends find themselves snared in a web of lies, a web spun long before their days at Atherton. Snowbound on the university campus, they are unwitting captives of a malevolent force that drives them inexorably toward the "snow garden" of the title - a place of nightmares that is all too real, and all too near - for Randall turns out to be part of a tricky plan. Electrifying in its intensity, with a plot that accelerates with every page, »The Snow Garden« is an unforgettable read - a psychological thriller and a modern horror story that probes the terrible weight of the past on the present and the corrosive power of secrets. Christopher Rice’s stunning new novel even tops his first one »A Density of Souls«.