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The Last Snow by Stina Jackson, Susan Beard

The Last Snow

Stina Jackson, Susan Beard

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Imprint: Corvus
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Publication date: 4 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781786497345

A troubled family. A broken home. A suspicious community. No one ever forgets. From the award-winning author of The Silver Road.

  • The TimesCrime Fiction Book of the Month
5 stars out of 5
Mark Sanderson
2 Feb 2021

There is a fairytale quality to Stina Jackson’s superb second novel (her first was The Silver Road). It describes terrible things — addiction, violence, physical and psychological abuse — in such a matter-of-fact way, in such perfect prose, that what ought to be unbearable becomes spellbinding. Each character, whether good or bad, is treated with clear-eyed compassion that implies: “There aren’t any monsters. There are only people.” The effect is like watching a Greek tragedy directed by Ingmar Bergman.