On Sale: June 25, 2019
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Fiction | Literature and Fiction
The award-winning, bestselling author of The Uninvited
Guests and The Outcast returns with a bold,
brilliant, and beautiful novel, unflinching in its gaze,
which holds the reader in its tense grip from start to
"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."
Recently married, psychologist Bea
and Dan, a mixed-race artist, 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.
strikes suddenly, brutally, and in its aftermath the family
is stripped back to its heart, and then its rotten core, and
even Bea with all her strength and goodness can't
A chilling page-turner and impossible to put
down, The Snakes is Sadie Jones at her best:
breathtakingly powerful, brilliantly incisive, and utterly
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