• by Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by Alison Reid
  • 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How did it all begin? I suppose it would be the day I rescued a new-born baby from a poisonous snake, heard the news of my mother’s death and encountered my first ghost…
Veterinary surgeon Clara Benning is young and intelligent, but practically a recluse. Disfigured by a childhood accident, she lives alone and shies away from human contact wherever possible. But when a man dies following a supposed snake bite, the victim’s post mortem shows a higher concentration of venom than could ever be found in a single snake. Assisted by her softly spoken neighbour and an eccentric reptile expert, Clara unravels sinister links to a barbaric ancient ritual, an abandoned house and a 50-year-old tragedy that left the survivors fiercely secretive. Then the village’s inventive attacker strikes again, and Clara’s own solitary existence is brutally invaded. For someone the truth must remain buried in the past…even if they have to kill to keep it there.


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Customer Reviews

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Excellent story

An enthralling well read story, but not for anybody with a snake phobia. An unusual plot well worth listening to. I will definitely down load another book by this author.
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- Sue

Unusual plot

I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though the story was far-fetched in places. You can empathise with the main character, Clara Benning, a vet, who was disfigured in early childhood. I was hooked by the first few lines. The story is set in a small village and present day events are all related to a tragedy that happened in 1958. Not to be recommended if you don't like snakes!
The narrator was excellent and really brought the tale to life.
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- Tricia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Go