• 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

A bit of a disappointment

This review will contain a bit of a spoiler not about the central mystery, just the romantic interest sub plot. Miss Bolton, I'm assuming it is Miss, likes to add a bit of Mills & Boon to her stories. Being a bit soppy myself I don't object to this but in this particular case I found the love interest distracting and annoying. The author spends a lot of time establishing what you think may turn into a romance and then in the last hour you find that the man has a girlfriend and is also trying to seduce our gutsy heroine. I maybe old fashioned but in my book that makes him a despicable cad, so why have we been encouraged to think of him as the romantic lead for the last 17 hours. To be honest I didn’t really cotton to him before the emergence of the girlfriend and our heroine leaves him behind in the end anyway. All this left me wondering why he was there in the first place, it all seems quite distracting and nothing at all to do with the main story. Add to this the heroines quite baffling ignorance of her rights viz a viz police interrogation and I was left feeling irritated and grumpy. This is not the kind of book you would listen more than once
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- knittyboot

Book Details

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