Author: Ruth Ware
Series: Hush Collection
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.
Ruth Ware’s Snowflakes is part of Hush, a collection of six stories, ranging from political mysteries to psychological thrillers, in which deception can be a matter of life and death. Each piece can be read or listened to in one truly chilling sitting.
Amazon has a number of short story collections with various themes freely available as part of there kindle prime package, as both ebook and audio. The Hush collection has a number mystery writers. This story is quite different from previous Ruth Ware books I have read. It has a real dystopian feel. It is framed as a teenage war diary that has a world war 2 style to it, but it is quickly revealed that all is not what it seems. This was such a dark tale with so much content for such a short story. While not what I expected from Ruth Ware in terms of my familiarity of her work it was a really interesting story, and a little too close to home at times. It is very well crafted and worth the read if you have access to it for free.
Potential Spoilers!!! When writing my review I had a little nosy at the Goodreads reviews. This story does get quite political, particularly focused on the rise of right wing politics. The term Snowflake having double meaning. The reviews section is a real laugh because of this. You can play a fantastic game of spot those with Right wing political ideals who don’t like being challenged as they one star this story and grumble about how "politics has no place in Literature" (Yes you read that right!).