Snowdrops is an intensely riveting psychological drama that unfolds over the course of one Moscow winter, as a young Englishman’s moral compass is spun by the seductive opportunities revealed to him by a new Russia: a land of hedonism and desperation, corruption and kindness, magical dachas and debauched nightclubs; a place where secrets – and corpses – come to light only when the deep snows start to thaw – Snowdrops is a chilling story of love and moral freefall: of the corruption, by a corrupt society, of a corruptible young man. It is taut, intense and has a momentum as irresistible to the reader as the moral danger that first enchants, then threatens to overwhelm, its narrator.
I bought this novel after hearing A.D.Miller talking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the passage he read out during his reading hooked me and I knew I needed to get my hands on a copy of the novel.
In no way is this a fast-paced thriller but it had me hooked from the very start and I was surprised that I found myself reading this book in one sitting. I found the pace of the novel slow but it was the writing of the novel that hooked me and that was the biggest surprise to me.
A.D.Miller brings to life a modern-day Moscow that I could see vividly in my mind. I felt like I was standing beside the characters seeing the story unfold in front of my eyes. I thought this was an excellent debut novel and I look forward to reading what this author comes up with next.
I agree with many bloggers out there that are saying that Snowdrops does not read as a man-booker prize winner. However I think that the writing is so beautiful that this could be the wildcard and surprise everyone by taking the prize.