Snow Falling On Cedars

ISBN: 1875695966
ISBN 13: 9781875695966
By: Frances Russell-Matthews

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Reader's Thoughts

Tina P

The author gives readers vivid descriptions of winter on a North Pacific island; lifestyles of strawberry farming and fishermen; police investigation and court room drama; a love story; and a journalist's quest to find the truth. I felt like the characters were people I actually knew and the island I have visited.

Nemanja Sh

It was a lovely book, very easy to read. I would recommend it to anyone. The only thing that bothered me a little bit was its ending. However, I got the feeling that the whole point of the book was to portray the difficulty of an interracial love and not so much the unfortunate death of the sailor.

Glenda L

I remember reading this book a long time ago and liked it very much ... can't remember the date though, so I just picked a date. I remember it as being a historic mystery.

Monie Hayes

I didn't read this book; I read the other one. Don't know why Goodreads selected this first, or how to delete it.


Goodreads: this author writes guide books for novels. Please correct.

Jane Rudebusch

The beginning is great and I was hooked on this book for a while, but then it dragged on to the point where I had to just skim to the end to find what happened. And then, after all the drawn out theatrics leading up to the verdict, there was only the last page that gave a jumbled sort-of explanation? I'm still not sure what exactly happened to Carl in the end.

Mairi Caughey

Perfect story, classy.

Jenifer Kang

I read this book because it was on the summer reading list, and like most students, avoided reading it until the last possible minute. The beginning of this book was very boring and I started to regret picking this book. However, at a certain point, the book starts to get exciting and soon I started flipping the pages like a mad-man. This book doesn't not fail to surprise, and made me constantly ask: Did he do it? There were several suggestive scenes that I wish David Guterson didn't put in the book... Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable read and I highly recommend!


Hard to get into, but was a decent book once it got going. It was interesting to read about the prejudice that came from the Pearl Harbor attack and to learn what people were feeling during that time (a time that my grandfather experienced).

Jodell Quamme

I liked the book. The beginning was pretty slow. It was fun to get another view of the internment camps we read about in book club.


Fiction based on history with a little mystery. Fascinating.

Kacy Snyder

I did not enjoy this book, and honestly i didn't read the last 1/4 of it. It drug on so much that I finally gave up and watched the movie. I wanted to read it for ages because I loved the title... Guess it shows ya- don't judge a book by it's cover

Kathy Hale

Very interesting mystery along with learning about the Japanese internment camps during WWII in America. The history books on the East Coast don't tell very much about the hatred and suspicion of people in the Northwest and Alaska of the Japanese population that was already U.S. citizens. I also found it interesting of the pressure the Japanese-Americans felt to fight to prove the loyalty to America.


A wonderfully told story w/ much to consider.


This book is actually written by David Guterson. Why does Goodreads give the wrong author?

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