The Snakes (Hardback)Sadie Jones (author)
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The bestselling author of The Outcasts drips poison aplenty into an unforgettable drama-cum-thriller of art, avarice, inheritance and familial cruelty. Moving from the class-riven confines of London to faded grandeur in the South of France, Sadie Jones’s deceptively quiet novel explodes midway through. Compulsively readable, unbearably tense, insidiously coiled - The Snakes contains multitudes.
'I wonder if it hurts them to shed their skins,' she said. She didn't feel afraid standing in the darkness, imagining snakes, even with the smell of death in the air.
Bea and Dan, recently married, rent out their tiny flat to escape London for a few precious months. Driving through France they visit Bea's dropout brother Alex at the hotel he runs in Burgundy. Disturbingly, they find him all alone and the ramshackle hotel deserted, apart from the nest of snakes in the attic.
When Alex and Bea's parents make a surprise visit, Dan can't understand why Bea is so appalled, or why she's never wanted him to know them; Liv and Griff Adamson are charming, and rich. They are the richest people he has ever met.
Maybe Bea's ashamed of him, or maybe she regrets the secrets she's been keeping. Tragedy strikes suddenly, brutally, and in its aftermath the family is stripped back to its rotten core, and even Bea with all her strength and goodness can't escape.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 672 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 40 mm
‘Be warned… this book shifts ruthlessly, in its final pages, into concentrated terror… I finished The Snakes with a juddering heart, strangely close to tears.’ - The Guardian
'The Snakes is superbly written, each sentence punctuated by a drumbeat of menace, each word placed with a master's touch. I keep thinking about the questions it poses: about what it is to be good in these imperfect times; about how we can protect our humanity in the face of narcissism and greed. Yet for all its depth and mystery, The Snakes is also just a thrillingly good read.' - Elizabeth Day
'A suspenseful, beautifully written thriller about the corruption of money and abuse within a dysfunctional family.' - The Guardian
'An all-encompassing read from the first page to the devastating final paragraph.' - Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller
'Masterful, terrifying, dangerous, with an ending that is as uncompromising as the build-up is truthful. The Snakes is as beautifully written as it is dark and honest.' - Rachel Joyce
'I was absolutely gripped by this original and beautifully-told story of a couple enmeshed in a nest of vipers - a rich family of criminals. Its evocation of a sinister French house, the corruption of love and the powerlessness of good is both haunting and chilling. Nobody contemporary writes about unhappy families as well as Sadie Jones.' - Amanda Craig
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