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The Deep, Deep Snow

Written by: Brian Freeman
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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In an intense, emotional mystery that spans a decade in the life of a small town, best-selling author Brian Freeman brings us an unforgettable heroine who discovers that the dead may sometimes be easier to rescue than the living. 

Deputy Shelby Lake was abandoned as a baby, saved by a stranger who found her in the freezing cold. Now, years later, a young boy is missing - and Shelby is the one who must rescue a child. 

The only evidence of what happened to 10-year-old Jeremiah Sloan is a bicycle left behind on a lonely road. After a desperate search fails to locate him, the close bonds of Shelby’s hometown begin to fray under the weight of accusations and suspicion. Everyone around her is keeping secrets. Her adoptive father, her best friend, her best friend’s young daughter - they all have something to hide. Even Shelby is concealing a mistake that could jeopardize her career and her future. 

Unearthing the lies of the people in Jeremiah’s life doesn’t get the police and the FBI any closer to finding him. As time passes and the case grows cold, Shelby worries that the mystery will stay buried forever under the deep, deep snow. But even the deepest snow melts in the spring. 

When a tantalizing clue finally comes to light, Shelby must confront the darkest lie of all. Exposing the truth about Jeremiah will leave no one’s life untouched - including her own.

©2019 Brian N. Freeman (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Plot twists seem over engineered.

This book reads like a light weight wrote it. Certainly not like a ‘Jason Bourne’ type writer. The character development seemed somewhat shallow.
I skipped ahead to get the jist as it didn’t engage me enough to want to savour every word.
The plot construction was frustrating to me.

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Great commute read!!

Great storey for a long drive! Kept me interest for sure. The narrator did an amazing job at character voices and adding realism.

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Have patience, and you’ll be rewarded.....

I story was not as I had expected. It got a little dull for a while and I almost gave up but I’m glad I didn’t! About halfway, the story picks up quickly and surprisingly. The result is a very very good story, with that...’Is it a true story?’.....kind of feel, just the way I like it. The tidbits are all there, as they are in any riveting movie, but you have to listen for them. As always, nothing is ever mentioned for no reason! The reader is excellent, by the way. Very well read, with a clear voice full of expression. AAA+

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good book<br />

loved the book. great performance ... will definitely look for other books by this author.

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Good story, great performance

Excellent performance and very compelling story. One of my favourites this year... I would recommend it.

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wow<br />

Is a very good story and the narrator was great! Best book in a long time.

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What a great listen, clever voice artist!!!

loved it. I'm pretty good at figuring mysteries out, but I only just got there before the book did for all the mysteries. couldn't put it down, had to go for a long walk in the rain with the lucky dogs today to finish it.

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Did not like the main character.

I think this story would have been improved if the story was told by an omniscient narrator. Then we might have had a more 360 degree view of things instead of Shelby's self-centered tunnel vision The only character I really wanted to get to know was Tom, but he didn't seem to exist outside Shelby's sensibilities. I almost envied him losing his grasp on reality because what was going on inside his head had to be more interesting than what I was reading on the page.
This is one of those books where everything and everyone seems to be in a ten-foot square social bubble. The only characters at all in this small town are involved in the drama somehow or other, and there's not so much as a shopkeeper or bus driver to give the place any colour. I was underwhelmed with the story itself and when it became really far-fetched towards the end, I totally lost interest. I read through to the end, but by that time it was just meh.

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  • shelley
  • 2019-06-20

Get this while it's the daily deal!!!!

Could not believe a brand new release from Brian Freeman is the Daily Deal! This is a no brainer, get the book. If you've listened to any of Freeman's other series (Jonathan Stride, Frost Easton or Cal Bolton) you will know that this is a Great book.
The publisher's summary gives a very good overview of this police procedural. The protagonist (Shelby Lake) has a very unique story about her infancy and how she came to be adopted by her father. The beginning of the story made me like Shelby's father and have a soft spot for her.
Ten years after a man is convicted of killing his wife and a little boy goes missing with out a clue, the first one turns up. Everything this story has led you to believe will be a fallacy. None of the characters will escape unscathed.
January LaVoy's narration is wonderful. Her inflections are perfect for each character.
This is an EXCELLENT book, it has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • LisaYMM
  • 2019-08-20

Wow!

I don’t usually have time to do a full review but this book touched me and I was riveted from the beginning. Because this is an Audible book I put a lot of weight on the narrator, and I can tell right away if it’s going to be a good, bad, or great performance. This was not a great performance... it was SUPERB!!!! Her voice took me deeper and deeper as each character formed. The story was also wonderful. I LOVED it and listened every chance that I got- even in the shower! Lol! Bravo!!!

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  • Elizabeth O.
  • 2019-07-01

Excellent

The story was perfect. Just the right amount of complexity, twist, turns & resolutions. The author crafted an excellent multi-layered mystery, and the narrator presented the story without a flaw.

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  • Sarah
  • 2019-06-20

Great police procedural!

Since there were no reviews I thought at first this might be a new and not very experienced author, but I clicked on Brian Freedman's name and saw that he has many books under his belt and in fact was selected as the official author to continue Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne series. I love that series so I decided to give this book a try.

I downloaded it this morning and listened to it on my early morning walk. Obviously I haven't finished it yet but so far I'm enjoying it. The narrator is fine - has a good strong voice and is very convincing as the main character (the story is told in the first person).

I will add more when I finish the book. So far I am hooked on the story.

OK, here's an update. The narrator is flawless - distinctive voices for every character. The plot gets a bit sentimental at times - sometimes it seems like it was written by a woman as so much of it is the inner voice of the female main character. The plot is interesting and the solution to the mystery was completely unexpected yet plausible in every detail. The book captivated me until the very end. Highly recommended!

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  • Bill Hendrix
  • 2019-08-24

A stunner

This was extremely well written by Brian Freeman and equally well performed by January LaVoy. It’s most enjoyed as a non-stop listen. The characters were well exposed and motivated, and the outcome is a stunner. If you’ve ever lived in a small town this one will speak to you. If you haven’t, you don’t know what you have missed. Pack up and move out. You’ll be a better person for it.

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  • JANET STEINMAN
  • 2019-06-20

I am hooked and I’m not even finished!

I got the book as the Daily Deal and would have paid full price! January LaVoy is one of my favorite narrators and the story had me from the first paragraph.

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  • Nate_D
  • 2019-06-20

So far, so GREAT!

I have listened to half of this one so far, and to this point I completely recommend it! Excellent writing, and the characters have already been developed so well that I don't think I can stop listening until it's over! Going to be a long day, haha. January LaVoy is a great narrator, and makes the experience rich and exciting. Can't wait to see how it ends! I will edit this review to reflect the entire novel once I am finished.

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This book ended even better than it started. Man, what a great story. I was wrapped up in the characters right from the beginning, and it only got better. And what an ending!! I can not state it strongly enough... This is a fantastic book!

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  • whilory
  • 2019-06-27

A tiny gem

While there were no true surprises, the book was very well written and narrated. At a time where anti-heroes/heroines are all the rage, and unreliable narrators par for the course, this book was a breath of fresh air. Believable characters, tightly crafted story, avoidance of cliches. A thoroughly enjoyable story of small-town life.

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  • Wayne
  • 2019-06-22

Outstannding!

I was surprised to see that Audible was offering a new release by an author the quality of Brian Freeman as an Audible Daily Deal. THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW is an outstanding novel of the type I have come to expect of Freeman. This one is different in that it is written in the first person of female protagonist sheriff's deputy Shelby Lake. January LaVoy does a really nice job of narration.

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  • brenda f.
  • 2019-08-16

The deep deep snow.

Excellent story. Very enjoyable...recommend it absolutely. Nicely narrated too ...will definitely read more from this author.

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