Author: Gregory Galloway
Published: 2015 by Speak (First published 2005 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
Anna- who preferred to be called Anastasia- is dark, spooky, and mysterious. And from the moment he met her, he was mesmerized. And so began their happy yet unlikely romance.
But a week before Valentine’s Day, Anna disappears, leaving behind a dress on the frozen river and a string of unanswered questions. And as the narrator struggles to understand what happened, and put together the pieces of the last few months, the clues, codes, and ciphers begin to coalesce into a haunting reality that may implicate friends, relatives, and even Anna herself.
As Simple As Snow is easily seen as a psychological and mysterious story but what sets it apart from most other books of the mystery genre is the tension that is set by the narrator from the beginning of the story. Most mystery stories begin to get interesting after the characters are introduced and the reader get a general knowledge of the settings. However in this book, the mystery has been laid out from the first chapter before going back to tell of the days leading to the disappearance of Anna Cayne.
It’s because the mystery had been laid out by the narrator in the beginning that makes the reader suspicious of every single character that appears in the book. As Simple As Snow is riddled with all sorts of unusual arts, songs and thoughts. Although Anna may be a Goth and her thoughts mostly dark, everything she says carries a deeper meaning. I like to think that perhaps, Anna saved the narrator from his boring life before he even knew it and that her final gift to him is actually a prediction of the future which will come true.
This is a book which requires the reader to dig deep for answers and even then, they might end up finding more questions instead. There is no specific answer for everything and if you search online, there are websites filled with speculations and clues but although the speculation continues, there is no answer in sight. It’s as if the entire book was a huge puzzle which only the author has the key to solve it.