The Deep Deep Snow
Some children are born to loving parents, but Shelby Lake was not that fortunate as she was left all alone as an infant in the freezing cold. Life handed her a chance to survive when a stranger found her and took her as his own. As a young child abandoned and alone in the present when Jerimiah Sloan is missing her primary goal is to find him at all costs. Just why did he leave his bicycle on a lonely road? Why didn’t his brother follow him home? Why let this young ten-year-old go home alone? His parents are distraught, the Shelby is a police officer and her father the Sheriff but as time goes on we begin to realize that Tom Ginn has a memory problem and the start of dementia making it difficult for him to create the right protocols to find this young child. Trying and searching the area, the town and every nook and cranny and even having Shelby and her partner Adam investigate a peeping Tom incident, there is no sign of Jerimiah and the result is unknown.
The town is small, and you can feel the tension in each person you meet as they all have their own secrets that are hidden away including Shelby.
As the people in the town help to search for this child, Violet decides to enlist the help of the FBI leaving Shelby’s father off investigation to a point and Shelby having to deal with Agent Bentley Reed and her partner who offers to work with them and is turned down.
The Sloan’s are his parents and his brother Adrian was last to see him but found himself involved with two drug dealers who sold him meth. The father of his child went off on him and the violence got worse and no one could stop him before he injured his son. Calm nerves did not prevail and then Shelby and the FBI agent go to the command headquarters where the investigation will continue. The leads are few, the town’s people are questioned, every adult this child knew was under investigation, every child and friendship and yet he was not found. In the Deep Deep Snow was he buried somewhere underneath it as Shelby hides a major secret and a man who was accused of killing his wife, visits her grave and yet Shelby seems attracted to him and although he professes his innocence and thinks he might become a suspect in this kidnapping you begin to wonder what is really behind his confession.
Author Brian Freeman takes us deep inside the mind of Shelby, the board’s opinion of whether her father can remain in office and the disappearance of Jeramiah that might break this town and the people apart. Shelby and Agent Reed are investigating Jerimiah’s disappearance and he wants the information surrounding the murder of Colleen Whalen, Keith’s wife and how that might tie into the disappearance of this child. Where was Keith? Was he asleep in his car? Did he kill his wife?
As investigation moves forward a new clue comes to light about a missing jeep but the owner of the jeep left her keys in the car, within two hours after parking it in the usual spot it was gone. Someone was watching and the person that took the truck had to be the one that took this young child but who?
Shelby working with the FBI hoping to find the child and then the stolen truck was found but there were no clues, no prints and nothing to help find Jerimiah. Added in we learn more about the town of Everywhere and the café called Nowhere it’s as if the people are not really centered anywhere and yet everywhere. This town might be in Stanton but the names and places leave you wondering if they are just there to let you know that this town can be just about Everywhere in the world and the Nowhere Café holds anyone that comes from everywhere.
Then when an Owl hits her window and she brings it to the vet in the middle of the night she meets Dr. Lucas and they seem to form a bond as his grandfather, Paul has Alzheimer’s and the staff of the facility lost him too many times, he escaped and died all alone. Talking about it with Shelby she opens and tells him about her father. Then going to Trina’s, checking out the boy’s room and hearing her sadness that she was ill again and Anna her daughter telling her about seeing Jeramiah and that he was dead.
Shelby must face off with the mistake she made with Keith and the truth behind what happened between them comes out. Leading to the fact that Jerimiah saw his wife murdered and you wonder if he killed him too. Lies, betrayals, deceptions and Shelby must face the wrath of the father and his disappointment holding back information in a murder case. But, what she finds and where it is solves one murder but not the disappearance of this child. Told in the first person in Shelby’s voice you get to hear her frustrations within herself, her fear of being alone and disappointing her father and the town but more important she has to find a way to forgive herself and move on. When another truth comes out about Jeramiah and where he might have been the night he saw the murder, another family is torn apart as the truth behind why he was with a sitter tears his family apart even more.
Shelby is astute and smart and even though Violet and Ellen were now in the political arena and Anna who was Jeremiah’s best friend insisted that she did not want to think about him and yet she felt he was haunting something happens and everything comes crystal clear. Paul Nadler finds Jeremiah and they bond. Things happen and they form a tight friendship and he drives to the resort. The truck he took is there, but Nadler has a heart attack leaving Jeremiah all alone in the cold darkness. He had escape from the nursing facility, Jeremiah had his Legos and other things with him, his cell phone was dead and then someone came who he thought was going to rescue him. Things took on a sinister and tragic turn when the person who wanted to rescue this child killed him. Was its intention or an accident. As Shelby pieces it all together and she figures out what really happened to Jeremiah, Breezy is killed by someone who knew what happened that night to Jeremiah. Lives are torn apart in Everywhere, a town where everyone knows everyone’s business. Anna and Shelby have a serious falling out and her search for the Ursula that lead Anna to what happened that night. Friendships were gone and lives were lost and the tragedy and truth about the death of a boy ten years ago might come full circle. Lies, betrayals, family discords, and one Deputy Sheriff named Shelby Lake who still tried to find her way in this world not fully understanding her past. With her father losing his memory, his mind at times sharp and others not, she has to deal with her future, the outcomes of the past and decide just how she will find her way the next time something happens within Mittel County in the DEEP DEEP SNOW. Author Brian Freeman takes us deep inside the lives, minds and actions of all the characters in this novel as they all have secrets, lies and betrayals to hide and the future of some still up in the air. A major deception, a hidden truth for ten years and a twist, turn and an ending that will take you heart away and bring you to tears. What really happened to Jeremiah? What role did the older man play? What really happened the night Colleen was killed and who saw what happened? Sometimes your memories in the past can destroy your life in the present and having to deal with it comes full circle as author Brian Freeman leaves readers wondering what else might be in store for the town of Everywhere and the people that belong somewhere.
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