SNOW CREEK By Gregg Olsen


Footprints were scattered about like fallen leaves. She looked down into the ravine, and once more her lungs filled with fear. A body,blackened and motionless lay splayed out in the bushes.

Detective Megan Carpenter is no stranger to evil. Escaping the horrors of her old life, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt her or those she loves ever again. Joining the small police force in Jefferson County’s Port Townsend, Megan is determined to get every victim of a crime the justice they deserve.

So when Ruth Turner walks into the Sheriff’s office claiming her sister Ida Watson has been missing for over a month, Megan’s instincts tell her that she needs to do more than just file a report.

Arriving at a secluded farmhouse in the hills above Snow Creek, she finds Ida’s teenage children alone and frightened.

Then a few days later, close to the Watsons’ home, the blackened body of a woman is discovered in an abandoned pick up truck.

Megan must unravel the disturbing secrets of the isolated Snow Creek community if she is to catch the killer.

But Megan has dark secrets of her own too….

Hidden in the back of her closet is a box of tapes containing every single recording of her therapy sessions with Doctor Albright over thirteen years ago. As Megan begins to play the tapes, she’s taken straight back to her terrifying childhood, back to the time she was a kid called Rylee, fighting to survive.

Can Megan finally confront the past she’s spent years trying to block out and will listening to her own painful story help her solve the complex case she is now entangled in?


This is the first in a new series with Detective Megan Carpenter. I have read a few books by this author so was looking forward to seeing a new series. The story is set in and around Port Townsend and Snow Creek, Washington.

Ida Watson was reported missing by her sister, her children tell Detective Megan Carpenter that their mum and dad had gone to do some charity work a few weeks ago in Mexico. But when Megan investigates it seems they never arrived.

Megan has secrets she is still dealing with from her childhood, she had a different name. Now she has to deal with a murder after a body is found of a woman that had been reported missing by her sister. Can Megan cope with her memories and still solve this murder.

I liked Megan, she is intelligent, good at her job and damaged, her character comes across well, she is believable and relatable, likewise with the other characters they all seem to be well rounded, thought out and the relationships all work. Which is a great start when you are bringing characters in for a new series. It seems the people that pick to live above Snow Creek, Washington do so because they want to live off the grid, they want seclusion, some of the residents have secrets.

The plot is fast paced and engrossing developing a picture of Snow Creek not just as a place, but also of the people who reside there. I liked that it’s not just one main storyline, the plot is complex. I also like that there are questions left unanswered at the end of the book leaving you wanting more, so anything not tied up in this book will carry over. Let’s hope we don’t have too long to wait for the second book in the series.

A great start to what promises to be another good series to follow.

Thank you to #netgalley and #Bookouture for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.


Gregg Olsen is a New York Times bestselling author, he has written eight non fiction books, four novels, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).

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