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Blog Tour: Feral Snow – Mark Lowes*

Alone and stranded in the Arctic wasteland, would you risk your life to save a stranger or try to get home?

Paul is a father-to-be; traumatised by his past, he’s terrified of becoming a father after his own beat him until he was unilaterally deaf. While working as a freelance cameraman in the Arctic, he’s caught in a blizzard, separated from his crew, and falls into a chasm. Alone, and waiting for death to come, personal demons plague his mind.

When a young native girl falls into the chasm with him, Paul must learn how to accept responsibility and what it takes to give your life for a child.

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Behind FERAL SNOW:

I began writing FERAL SNOW with the idea of writing a commercial thriller. Slowly, over time, it morphed into something more though. Paul’s layers began to unravel and his true colours came to the surface. His history of abuse became so much more important than I had first intended. I fell in love with all of the characters and I’ll admit I had a tear in my eye while writing the ending.

Mark Lowes is a former teacher, current early childhood educator, and future dad. He lives in Cardiff, Wales, UK, and is sometimes found lamenting over how awful his football team is. While he’s not working with deaf children and their families, he’s writing dark and twisty fiction.

His writing, so he’s told, is a mix between Chuck Palahniuk Josh Malerman and Ernest Hemingway (although Mark retains, all this praise is too much too high). He loves edge-of-your-seat fiction, novels that make you think deeper about the world but will also terrify you and live the world through the protagonist, experiencing every detail. He’s a fan of description, somewhat a lost art nowadays, and has a soft spot for a dark, unreliable narrator.

You can find him on Twitter @StrugglingMJ where he would be excited to hear your views.

Mark is the winner of Litopia’s Pop-Up Submissions and of a pitch contest at the Cardiff Book Festival.

My thoughts:

This was a really interesting and slightly bewildering book. Paul ends up in a crevasse out in the Arctic wilderness, trapped in the snow. He’s joined by an indigenous girl, Nanny, who is escaping from a polar bear (in a slightly ironic twist her name is Nanouk, which means polar bear).

Together they attempt to struggle back to the surface and survive the freezing cold.

This is where I start to get a bit bewildered, is any of what Paul then goes through real? At different points he seems to be hallucinating and I can’t tell whether he and Nanny are able to escape or even if she’s real. Obviously this is very clever work on the part of the author but it really threw me. So I now have to read the alternate ending (handy QR code inside the book) and see if that helps or just confuses me more.


*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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