At the end of the reign of Queen Victoria, Grace Farringdon dreams of polar explorations and of escape from her over-protective parents and eccentric agrophobic sister.  She applies to Candlin, a women's college filled with intelligent like-minded women.  She joins a suffragette movement, and forms an Antartic Exploration society, which plans a trip to climb the perilous Alps.

Susana Jones is known for her chilling tales with ambiguous narrators, somewhere between straightforward crime and psychological speculation.

This book has been described as "historical and sinister melodrama".

As a skier and an ex Antartic wife, I thought this book would be for me.  Excellent reviews which mentioned 'climbing high peaks both physically and and figuratively' enticed me to read it,

It wasn't for me.  I just found it all rather cold.

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