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Seas of Snow

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  42 reviews
1950s England. Five-year-old Gracie Scott lives with her Mam and next door to her best friend Billy. An only child, she has never known her Da. When her Uncle Joe moves in, his physical abuse of Gracie’s mother starts almost immediately. But when his attentions wander to Gracie, an even more sinister pattern of behaviour begins.

As Gracie grows older, she finds solace and l
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 9th 2017 by Unbound
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Cynthia Hamilton
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There were times when I was reading Seas of Snow that I felt the menace of Joe so tangibly, I almost had to set the book aside. To say he is villain would not do justice to the depth of his depravity. I’m not saying the character is in any lacking in authenticity, merely that I don’t remember encountering such pure evil on the written page. It is a credit to Ms. Jennings’ imagination that she could conceive of someone who has all the appearance of a flesh and blood human being—with stunning good ...more
This novel is very dark in its subject matter and at times bleak, chilling, disturbing and horrific. But these aspects are offset by the beauty of much of the prose, which is imparts a certain magical quality, and the character of Gracie. The setting for the early strand of the novel is northern England in the 1950s, in which people could not talk as openly about many things as they can today. The plot is cleverly constructed, switching between characters and going back and forth in time, leadin ...more
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‘Seas of Snow….

A story of broken trust and shattered dreams..

Of consequences..

Of a life lifted and liberated by poetry…

Of a life haunted by darkness and lived in fear.’

Seas of Snow is the debut novel from Kerensa Jennings. Published on March 7th 2017, this is a novel that is, as described, bleak and at times does make for very uncomfortable reading. Yet with the use of a very strong poetic narrative, the reader is taken on a journey exploring the loss of innocence in a manner that will leave
“Seas of snow” wins my vote for most pertinent cover ever. Once you read the novel you’ll realize just how perfectly it fits the book. My first impressions after finishing Kerensa Jenning’s debut novel is that it reads almost like an old fashioned fairy tale due to its stunning portrayal of good vs. evil.

“Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

It is the story of Gracie Scott and Billy Harper. Born in pover
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
Originally posted on A Frolic Through Fiction

*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I did not know what I was getting myself into.

I knew it was about a psychopath, yes. I knew it would be dark. But how dark? How detailed?

Well, it’s a good job I’m not a sensitive reader.

This is one of those books where I honestly don’t know what made me keep reading. The story was absolutely horrific. I wasn’t exactly enjoying the story. So why? Morbid inte
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As I type this I am still very blown away by this novel. I was gripped by this intense plot and by gripped, I mean I have just read this novel straight through in 5 hours and 15 minutes! I couldn’t put it down! I felt a wide range of emotion, the strongest one being the urge to hold my daughter in my arms and promise her I will never, ever let her down. This novel really hit me in the feels, badly! It is one I doubt I will ever forget. Here is my review…..
Seas Of Snow is essentially two stories
Caroline Vincent
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When innocent beauty catches the eye of the darkest evil there is no escaping the horror of what will follow. Gracie is desperate to find solace in poetry, her escape, her Secret Key

| Introduction |

Gracie lives alone with her mother and judging by the photos, at one point she must have been happy: a beautiful little girl with her golden locks framing an angelic face and, most of all, stunning green eyes, like her mother, filled with laughter. The neighbouring boy Billy, a few years older than G
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seas of Snow is exceptional.

Lyrical. Haunting. Emotive. Devastatingly beautiful.

“She couldn’t bring herself to call him uncle – that would have been as much a lie as calling this house a home.”

Forgive me, I’m about to get all caught up in my feelings. I don’t want to elaborate too much on the book description above as I think it says all you need to know before reading this one. I will briefly say, there are many strands to this story: the friendship of Gracie and Billy, uncle Joe’s reign of ter
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I must confess that when I started reading Seas of Snow, I was entirely unsure of what to expect, hoping that this would go far beyond a simple, linear tale of family misery. My fears were very quickly dispelled, and to be honest, this was one of the most emotive, thought-provoking, and beautifully characterised novels I have read for some time…

For the purposes of this review I will studiously avoid the words crime novel, as to my mind what Kerensa Jennings has produced with aplomb is much more
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march-2018
‘Was evil born or made? Was innocence something we all hold in our souls, only to be blackened and turned rotten by experience?’

Seas Of Snow is the debut novel by Kerensa Jennings. After hearing so much about it from a lot of the book bloggers I hold in high esteem and featuring a great guest post on the blog by Jennings, I just had to read it for myself.

Set during the 1950s in North Shields, Seas Of Snow follows five-year-old Gracie as she progresses through her life as the only child of a sin
J.B (Debbie)
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seas of Snow is one of those books that leaves you emotionally exhausted. Written in a beautifully haunting way we are introduced to young Gracie who leads a fairly quiet and unassuming existence with her mother. Her days are spent in a world of Dragons and princesses as she and her best friend Billy, the boy from next door use their imaginations to play games of fairy stories where good always overcomes evil. They are innocent children with a fierce loyalty to one another. However, Gracie's li ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful hard back copy of this book from the author. The exquisite cover gives a slight indication of what is inside.

This is a heartbreaking, though provoking story which brings many things into question. Are some people just born evil or do circumstances alter their state of mind. Who would you protect? As a mother my instincts are unquestionably to ward off any nastiness away from my children .. like a lioness, there is no doubt in my mind I would put them ahe
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a very tough read for me but I ended up really loving how thrilling and intense it was.

Sexual assault/Rape involving both children and adults
Descriptive scenes of murder
Lady Delacour
The story was ok,
perversion took it
to the gutter.
Listened with TTS.
NOT Clean.
Foul Language.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a heartbreaking, disturbing, beautifully written book. The author has a real talent for descriptions and tugging at the emotions. Joe is quite possibly the most disgusting, evil person I have ever read about. I got the chills every single time reading from his point of view, he was so twisted. My heart broke for Gracie. The whole book had this sense of darkness and I found myself several times with tears running down my face for this little girl. I was angry that all the adults were not do ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Cleverly written book, and a different style to my previously read books. I did find it slow and a bit boring in the middle with some repetitiveness. However the ending was a surprise, which made me rethink what I had previously read.

A disturbing tale of mother and daughter enduring abuse.

Just wasn’t a page turner and suspenseful enough for me to rate it higher.
Karen Cole
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was obvious from the blurb that this was going to be a book which tackles some dark subjects and I have to admit to opening the pages with some trepidation. I was hooked within the first few paragraphs however and knew immediately that I wasn't going to be able to put Seas of Snow until I discovered the truth, no matter how awful it might be. Told through a dual narrative, the contemporary story features the fragmented memories of a frail older woman and the often tortured thoughts of the man ...more
Clemens Schoonderwoert
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first literal encounter with this amazing author has certainly been a very entertaining and thrilling occasion.
The book has been divided into a various amount of small chapters and so making this book an interesting quick read, while within some of these chapters there's some beautiful poetry inserted, poetry that will certainly capture your heart.
Storytelling is of an absolute superb quality, because the author has the ability in my opinion to move you with her story in a lot of different wa
The thriller girls book club  LUCIE POOLE
Seas of Snow is a tragic, compelling and at times utterly heartbreaking read. Written with such intelligent and well observed emotion the descriptive prose was so exquisite it blew my mind. I had to read slowly and keen stopping to let the full beauty of the words wash over me.
Be warned this is a highly emotive and devastating story and one that will stay with you forever. I know I will treasure the gorgeous hardback cover and it's one of those incredible books that everyone should read.
I love ...more
Katherine Sunderland
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jenning's novel is something rather unique. It is a story of 5 year old Gracie who lives with her mum but then Uncle Joe comes to live with them. Uncle Joe is a sinister and disturbing character and it isn't long before he is abusing both the women. The only thing that saves Gracie from despair is her discovery of poetry.

What makes this book so interesting is that the author combines a storyline dealing with harrowing, emotional and difficult subject matter with that of poetry. Jennings' own wri
Patty Killion
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
I just can't put into words how my heart hurt while reading "Seas of Snow".

I've been thinking about how I felt while reading and after reading this book.

It was such a deep disturbing dark read written with beautiful prose and poems. My heart hurt so much while reading. The story is based on "secrets" that are kept by adults thus children thinking they must keep the "secrets". We all want to be normal on the ouside...onto the shoulders of innocent children!

I grew up in a family of domestic abuse
Louise Mullins
It is hard to believe Kerensa Jennings is a debut author as she has perfected her craft to the highest level. It will be a difficult quest for anyone to beat this title's mark as my top read of 2017 by far.

The cover is gorgeous and makes perfect sense as you read this darkly disturbing portrayal of abuse and the psychological affects it has on Gracie, Billy and her Ma. This title is evocative, absorbing, rich in detail, and has literary merit. The writing is deep and stunningly beautiful. The wo
Thomas Hetherington
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
'Seas of Snow' is compelling, heartbreaking and beautiful book that takes an unflinching look at the harsh contrast of evil and good. The juxtaposition of the young protagonist Gracie's innocence and vulnerability with the horrors that surround her are perfectly encapsulated in the writing. Jennings juggles multiple writing styles as the book switches focus between different characters and it works to great effect, making the book upsetting, beautiful and poetically dark at any given time. The c ...more
Rachel Bustin
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m not quite sure where to start with this one. It’s a book that is still with me, hard to get out of my head. For a debut novel it really is a head turner. Domestic violence is rife in this book so I’m sorry but it’s not for the faint hearted. I think since a became a mum, books like this make difficult reading for me now.

The way Jennings uses poetry in the book gives it that lightness against the dark evil. The subject of abuse is hard to read about, but Jenning’s writes so well. The chilling
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that will stay with me for a long time. The content is hard hitting and left me at times heartbroken for Gracie the young girl who had her innocence taken away so cruelty. As a mother and grandmother I found the subject area difficult reading at times definitely not for the faint hearted ,but the authors writing is excellent so much so that I was compelled to finish this haunting book.

The contrast between good and evil is so well portrayed by Jennings and the exploration of nature
Petra Be
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abuse, friendship
The text is very repetitive, bits of the story but also certain phrases. I am really tired of "joining the dot" and "every nook and cranny". Also it's very disturbing.
The timeline is all weird. Sometimes you have no idea where in time you are or how much time has passed. After the second attack on Gracie that seemed happening just weeks after the first, when she was about 7, you get to know she's actually 13! And on that day there was a playdate organised for her and a 15-year-old neighbour boy?
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
My goodness...this book! *I was kindly sent a copy of the book by the author for the purpose of a review*

I have rated this 3 star but it is definitely pushing towards more of a 4 star and perhaps I'll change it once I've properly processed my thoughts and emotions about a book which is so, so dark and yet so beautifully written at the same time.

I had heard this described as a 'psychological-drama' and so those were my expectations going in. We follow the story of Gracie, who lives in the North E
Evab Black
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
… distorted itself into a comma of coal… wow. So few words but so conjuring up such a powerful image. This is a mere taste of such wonderful lyrical prose, sparse, terse yet engaging like the whole book. As someone who writes about coercive control and emotional abuse, I was looking forward to this book and wasn’t disappointed. At times I had to pause to take breath as the story of abuse unfolded. Anything involving children being hurt, hurts me deeply, having been abused in my own childhood. I ...more
Janet Coyle
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible book. Beautifully written and hard to put down. I loved the characters of Gracie and Billy and the friendship that they formed. I also loved the author's use of poetry throughout the book. It brought serenity and calm to an otherwise graphically haunting tale. It is hard to be believe that this is a first book for Kerensa Jennings and I can't wait to see what she writes next! ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
This started off very poetic and got creepy fast. I didn't like any of the characters. Even the victim had no backbone at all. The bad guy was completely disgusting in every sense of the word. That no one said a word for five years was beyond comprehension. I think this was a vehicle for the author to display the ability to jump around in character's heads and show off an unreliable narrator. Read the entire thing. Didn't like it. ...more
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Kerensa Jennings is a storyteller, strategist, writer, producer and professor.

Kerensa's TV work took her all over the world, covering everything from geo-politics to palaeontology, and her time as Programme Editor of Breakfast with Frost coincided with the life-changing events of 9/11.

The knowledge and experience she gained in psychology by qualifying and practicing as an Executive Coach has only

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