AwakeningBook - 2009
Clara Benning, a veterinary surgeon in charge of a wildlife hospital in a small English village, is young and intelligent, but nearly a recluse. Disfigured by a childhood accident, she generally prefers the company of animals to people. But when a local man dies following a supposed snakebite, Clara's expertise is needed. She's chilled to learn that the victim's postmortem shows a higher concentration of venom than could ever be found in a single snake--and that therefore the killer must be human.
Assisted by a soft-spoken neighbor and an eccentric reptile expert, Clara unravels sinister links to an abandoned house, an ancient ritual, and a fifty-year-old tragedy that has left the survivors secretive. But for someone the truth must remain buried in the past--even if they have to kill to keep it there.
Awakening is a disturbing tale of dark secrets and insidious rituals that will have readers unable to stop for a breath until they've reach the stunning climax of this extraordinary read from the author of the acclaimed debut novel Sacrifice .
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"Not sure what you idiots have in mind, but lay one finger on me and one of you is going to lose his eyesight."
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Clara is a vet in a small English village. She has always been a bit of a recluse because of the facial scarring she has from a childhood accident. The scarring goes deeper than her skin, however. It has affected her entire life. However, she's drawn out of her shell when snakes start showing up in the village, and people start dying. It doesn't help that, as a vet, she is the number one suspect. Can she track down the truth? It has something to do with an event in the village back in 1958 that nobody will talk about. Her search, however, may make her the next victim. Fast-paced and fascinating, this is another winner from the author. However, be aware that the language can be a bit objectionable.
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