The pulse-pounding new Darby McCormick thriller from the exciting imagination of Chris Mooney

The Snow Girls - Chris Mooney
'One of the best thriller writers working today' Lee Child

It's been eleven years since Claire Flynn disappeared - abducted without trace from a snowy hillside, leaving her parents heartbroken.

Investigator Darby McCormick remembers the case. She knows there's only ever been one suspect, Father Richard Byrne, linked inconclusively to two similar disappearances.

Finally, terminally ill, Byrne is willing to talk. But he'll only talk to Darby.

She's expecting a confession - but what she hears is far more disturbing.

And it soon becomes clear that someone is willing to kill to keep this cold case on ice...

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Chris Mooney Q&A

What made you want to bring in Darby to solve a crime that featured in a previous book of yours?

Two things happened. The first was a pretty innocuous thought about thinking of the case of the missing girls in the previous book, how the police handled it and, in some cases, botched the investigation. That creative voice in my head said, “If Darby was on that case, none of that stuff would have happened. She wouldn’t be able to rest until she found justice.”

The second thing was this villain I had in mind – a priest. Writers daydream about scenes, some of which work, some of which will never see the light of day. But my imagination kept turning back to this priest, who is the single most interesting villain I’ve created to date. I couldn’t let go of him for some reasons, and over time, I discovered what he wanted from Darby, how he was going to manipulate her and others, and the story took hold to the point where I had to write it because the idea was too strong.


How did you feel Darby could to add the story? With her presence, how did it change your original story?

The original story was from the point of view of the father of the missing girl. I wanted to retain that while also changing a lot of things in the book I didn’t like. By adding Darby, the reader gets to see how she goes about handling the case while also see the story from the father’s point of view. The reader gets two emotional – and two equally terrifying – stories in the course of the book.

What plans do you have for Darby's character in future books? Are you writing a new book now?

I’m not writing a new Darby book at the moment, as I’m finishing up a couple of other projects. That said, I always outline two, maybe three books ahead, so I have plenty of ideas. I enjoy writing about her quite a bit. As long as readers want Darby, I’ll keep writing them. But a lot of that is up to my publisher, so we’ll see.

Chris Mooney Biography

Chris Mooney is the author of nine thrillers, of which Remembering Sarah was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award for Best Novel. His Darby McCormick series includes The Missing, The Secret Friend, The Soul Collectors, The Dead Room, Fear the Dark and Every Three Hours. Chris's latest book is Every Pretty Thing, the seventh Darby McCormick thriller. Chris lives in Boston with his wife and son.