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Summary

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.

©2020 Ruth Ware. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“For a compelling short listen, look no further than bestselling author Ruth Ware’s Snowflakes, her contribution to Amazon’s Hush audiobook collection. Narrator Jess Nahikian uses a delicate and meek voice to portray young Leah, who for years was kept isolated on a remote island with her paranoid and obsessed father. Nahikian describes the compulsive thoughts of Leah’s father and his determination to protect his family. She also channels Leah’s hardships with tenderness and vulnerability as the story leads to a surprising reveal. Listeners are faced with differentiating family illusions from fact in this relevant thriller from the author of The Woman in Cabin 10.” - Audiofile Magazine

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Thought provoking political thriller

TW: discussions of war, terrorism and kidnapping. This short story is a thought provoking political thriller that dabbles between truth and deception and will get your mind working over time. I picked up this short read because Ruth Ware is one of my auto-buy authors and I usually absolutely love everything she publishes but this one has left me with very mixed feelings and feeling somewhat disappointed. The story is based on a father who isolates himself and his children on an island to protect them from the war however the horror is closing in on them fast. And when it arrives at their door it tears their world apart. This is a good quick and easy read but unfortunately it didn't hit the same as Ware's other books and even though it was an interesting and well written read it just didn't meet my expectations.

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  • M A
  • 08-08-20

Waste of time

Don’t bother with this book. It’s a pointless short story. I wasted an hour and walked away with nothing.

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  • Peigi
  • 14-09-20

Just as Great as her Books

I started off not particularly liking this story because I thought it was some kind of White Supremacist/Misunderstood Anarchist story. I kept waiting for a reason to "feel sorry for" the father in this story. I couldn't seem to find a reason to like the man much less feel sorry for him. But I should have known Ms. Ware wouldn't write some soapy tripe. I have read several of her novels and found them outstanding mysteries. In this case, I didn't allow the story to completely unfold before making a decision. As I continued to listen, I discovered the father's whole POV was a fantasy and his girls had become part of that fantasy as they had no other view of the world other than their father's. I re-listened with an open mind. Just goes to show me that I too had pre-conceived ideas about this story, just like the father's tunnel-vision about the world. Truly a good story after all - learned something about myself as well.

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  • Kara
  • 07-09-20

Love Ruth Ware, but this was disappointing

And a little too obvious. Not really mysterious and I won’t be recommending it. I know it’s a short story, but I think it could have been a bit more clever and complex.

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  • Renee Elizabeth
  • 24-08-20

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I just didn't get it the entire time I listened to it and wondered what had I missed. I love this author so I'm not quite sure why this story didn't work for me. Narration was good.

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  • barbara
  • 04-08-20

Snowflakes

This is the first of the Hush series I have read, as I like Ruth Ware. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope many more authors will bring more short stories to listen to. I listen while I do my hobbies and it is nice to have a short story. This story was excellent and the narration very good.

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  • Sarah Howard
  • 01-12-20

Short and sweet

This is a Good story. Easy quick listen. Made my morning walk fly by. Worth the read.

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  • Leahsephra
  • 22-09-20

Snow Flakes

I enjoyed this short story about a father who lost his grasp on reality. I look forward to listening to more stories in this series

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  • Rcs45
  • 05-09-20

Pulled me right in to a gripping story

I expected a good story from Ruth Ware and I got it. I was right there with Leah during her frightening experience.

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  • M. D.
  • 02-09-20

Perfect length for a long walk

This story held my interest until the end. And in the end was a surprise. I have made assumptions about the background and time. Of the story and was completely surprised at the end to learn the truth.
The short story is also perfect length for a long walk, one hour.

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  • Maxie Stein
  • 04-12-20

good narrator

I especially loved the narrator. I did like the story. The narration is the best

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