Today is my turn on the blog tour for the paperback version of Seas Of Snow, by Kerensa Jennings. And I have got to say the hardback was my TOP READ OF 2017, so it's only fair to say the paperback is my overall favourite FIVE STAR READ of 2018 too!
Here is the tantalising blurb:
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 liberation in books, poetry and her enduring friendship with Billy. Together they escape into the poetic fairy-tale worlds of their imaginations.
But will fairy tales be enough to save Gracie from Uncle Joe’s psychopathic behaviour – and how far will it go?
Seas of Snow is a haunting, psychological domestic drama that probes the nature and the origins of evil.
Here are the links to buy:
Amazon UK: bit.ly/AmUK-SeasofSnow-KerensaJennings
Amazon US: bit.ly/AmUS-SeasofSnow-KerensaJennings
Here is a little bit about the author:
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 practising as an Executive Coach has only deepened her fascination with exploring the interplay between nature and nurture and with investigating whether evil is born or made – the question at the heart of Seas of Snow. As a scholar at Oxford, her lifelong passion for poetry took flight. Kerensa lives in West London and over the last few years has developed a career in digital enterprise.
IN HER OWN WORDS…
“I’ve been writing stories and poems ever since I was a little girl. Although it’s taken me a long time to get around to writing a book, I’m lucky enough to have had a long career in the media as a TV producer, writing television programmes. Most of the time viewers would have had no idea who I was, but my words have informed, educated and entertained millions over the years. I produced, directed, wrote for and worked with some of the most amazing people including Nelson Mandela, Sir David Frost (I was Programme Editor of Breakfast with Frost), Sir David Attenborough, Fiona Bruce, Sian Williams, James Nesbitt, George Alagiah and Rory Bremner. I moved away from programme making to strategy and became the BBC’s Head of Strategic Delivery where I designed and delivered strategies for the Corporation, including a significant digital strategy (BBC Make it Digital). I now run The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award."
"I’ve always used literature, and poetry in particular, for solace and escape. I happen to think literature is probably the best self-help on the planet! You can fly into other worlds and find ways through writing to make sense of life. SEAS of SNOW draws together some of my passions and fascinations in life. While I was at university, I studied the psychoanalysis of fairy tales and got very interested in archetypes and the way characters and stories of good and evil are portrayed."
"While leading the BBC News coverage of the Soham investigation, I had the opportunity to see first-hand a lot of evidence about the mind and motives of a psychopath. So in SEAS of SNOW, the protagonist Gracie uses poetry and playtime to escape the traumas and abuses of her life; the antagonist, her Uncle Joe, is a bad man, a psychopath; and there is a subtext of fairy tale underlying the page-turning scenario which hopefully makes you want to read while half covering your eyes.”
Social media links to stay in touch with the author:
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KerensaJenningsAuthor/
A picture of Cabbage The Cat, just because . . .
And finally, here is my FIVE STAR***** review:
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 words Jennings uses are sharp, the dialogue emotive, and the description is literaryesque. The sentences draw you in and captivate you so that you find yourself clinging onto each paragraph wanting to read more. I stayed up late into the night, a feat I've never experienced with a slow-burning chiller before, and especially set in third person narrative. This title has all the very best markings of a psychological thriller with none of the fluff, but covering the unsettling subject of child sexual abuse and domestic violence. I was not expecting any twists, but Seas of Snow was layered with them. This is a poignant, pacy title blotted with psychological revelations, the final being totally unexpected and offered a perfect conclusion.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your copy now!
If you enjoy reading about the psychological after-effects of a crime on an individual you will love this immersive, poetic, and oftentimes lyrical novel.