The Snakes

The Snakes

3.3 (3,929 ratings by Goodreads)
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One of Washington Post's Best Books of 2019

"The Snakes is many things--a parable and an ancient drama where a father's greed devours his children, a police procedural, an avid take on tabloid venality, and a bitter comedy, superbly observed, where behind a woman's eyes she is 'all movement inside herself, like a wasp in a glass.' I admit that I'm still shaken by parts of this novel. Sadie Jones writes with pitiless aplomb and corrosive intelligence."
--Louise Erdrich

A chilling page-turner and impossible to put down, THE SNAKES is Sadie Jones at her best: breathtakingly powerful, brilliantly incisive, and utterly devastating.

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.

Tragedy 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 escape.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 145 x 231 x 41mm | 590g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • 0062897020
  • 9780062897022

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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. It's evocation of a sinister French house, the corruption of love and the powerfulness of good is both haunting and chilling. Nobody contemporary writes about unhappy families as well as Sadie Jones.
--Amanda Craig
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3,929 ratings
3.3 out of 5 stars
5 13% (496)
4 33% (1,277)
3 34% (1,329)
2 15% (572)
1 6% (255)
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