The Snakes

The Snakes

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"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. 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.

This gripping novel by Sadie Jones tells the tense and violent story of the Adamsons, a dysfunctional English family, with exceptional wealth, whose darkest secrets come back to bite them. Set mostly in rural France during contemporary times, THE SNAKES is an all-consuming read and a devastating portrait of how money corrupts, and how chance can deal a deadly hand.

THE SNAKES exposes the damage wreaked by parents on children as observed by a new member of the family, Dan, a mixed-race man from Peckham who marries Bea, the daughter who refuses to take any of her father's filthy money. But when Bea's brother Alex (who runs a shabby hotel in Paligny, France) dies suddenly in unexplained circumstances, the confusion and suspicion which arise bring other dark family secrets--and violence--to the surface. And none of the family, even the good members, go untouched.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 132 x 201 x 28mm | 340g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062897039
  • 9780062897039

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The Snakes has all of Jones' trademark depth and layered storytelling.--Red
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3,832 ratings
3.31 out of 5 stars
5 13% (493)
4 33% (1,247)
3 34% (1,285)
2 15% (557)
1 7% (250)
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