Shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize, January's Book of the Month is a superbly chilling novel that's perfect for frozen winter days.
SNOWDROPS is set in the tawdry, corrupt underbelly of Moscow, where murder victims lie hidden in the snow until the spring thaw brings them to the surface. Nick, a high flying British lawyer, has begun a new life in the city, negotiating with oil barons, exploring the maze of streets crammed with expense-account brothels, power plants, glitzy restaurants and gridlocked traffic. His guide is the enigmatic Masha, who inexorably reels him into a morally ambiguous and self-deluded love affair.
Cool, complex and menacing, this is, as the Spectator put it 'a heady noseful of Moscow, an intoxicating perfume that will whirl you off your feet and set your moral compass spinning'.
Hully. I've read it too and while I did find it a page turner but mostly because I wanted to finish it quickly and kept hoping there was something great to come that I was currently missing. Unfortunately, I got to the end without finding it. The main character seemed more hollow than shallow and I think his chances of the wedding going ahead are slim!
There's still copies left if you fancy grabbing yourself a free copy of Snowdrops (don't be put off by Hully ) and plenty of time left to read it between now and the book club discussion and webchat with AD Miller on 31st January. To claim yours, send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org, putting Mumsnet/Snowdrops in the Subject Bar. We'll let you know when they've all gone.