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by A. D. Miller | Literature & Fiction
Registered by wingPlum-crazywing of Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on 11/10/2014
Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by -sandybeaches-): travelling

2 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by wingPlum-crazywing from Brighouse, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, November 10, 2014

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Well that wasn't really what I had expected! I was looking forward to reading this after hearing about it when it was on the CWA Crime Thriller awards a year or two back & was expecting a hard-hitting thriller plus the cover blurb builds it up too (although the comment "Reads like Graham Greene on steroids" gave me doubts as I've not enjoyed my two encounters with Greene)

So...on the plus side, I guess I liked the book. I found it very atmospheric & I did get caught up in the whole whats-going-on-with-Masha scenario.

On the down-side it wasn't the type of thriller I was expecting. Yes, a crime had been committed but it was a slow-burning tale, not the fastpaced more vicious type that I'm currently into. To say it had been up for some Crime Awards there didn't seem to be much crime in it!

Overall although it wasn't the type of crime novel I was expecting, or for that matter usually read, I did enjoy it & found it intriguing. Will be interested to see what someone else makes of it :o)


Journal Entry 2 by wingPlum-crazywing at Riverside Cafe in Newton Stewart, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, July 31, 2015

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Released 3 yrs ago (7/31/2015 UTC) at Riverside Cafe in Newton Stewart, Scotland United Kingdom


Left on a bench outside

Released as part of the CHRISTMAS IN JULY CHALLENGE (#30)

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Journal Entry 3 by -sandybeaches- at Newton Stewart, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 18, 2015

6 out of 10

I was very happy to find this book on the bench outside the Riverside Cafe in Newton Stewart! I live in Manchester but was visiting my parents who live in Galloway.

The book came back to Manchester with me but was read this weekend at Boomtown Fair in Hampshire.

I enjoyed the story, it was nice to read about Moscow winter during British summer (one could argue that they amount to the same thing these days!), the descriptions of the people of Moscow were interesting, and knowing a bit of Russian culture it did ring true. However sometimes it felt like a bit of a generalisation...'the Moscow way'...'as Russians do'... which made the story feel a little wooden sometimes.

However I did enjoy the journey with Nicholas, the narrator of the novel. He is ashamed of himself in a very British way ( Britons often are...!) and I did believe him as a person. I'm thinking about moving away from the UK for a few years so it spoke to me quite a lot and left me with some questions about my own decisions. They do say a book picks its reader!

As Plum-crazy says, Snowdrops is a slow reader, and the end followed suit. It's a reflection on the narrator's part in the crime rather than a whirlwind whodunnit. I was left wanting to know a little more about how Masha really felt about what she'd done.

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