The Snakes

The Snakes

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The award-winning, bestselling author of The Uninvited Guests and The Outcast returns with a bold, brilliant, and beautiful novel, unflinching in its gaze, which holds the reader in its tense grip from start to unforgettable finish.

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.

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

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 150 x 229 x 38mm | 544g
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0062911562
  • 9780062911568
  • 1,570,196

Back cover copy

Newlyweds, Bea and Dan rent out their tiny flat to escape London for a few precious months. Driving through France they visit Bea's brother, Alex, at the hotel he runs in Burgundy. They find him alone and the 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's never wanted him to know them; Liv and Griff Adamson are charming and rich--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 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.

A chilling page-turner, The Snakes is Sadie Jones at her best: powerful, incisive, and utterly devastating.
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Review quote

I am blowing the trumpet for The Snakes to anyone who'll listen. I devoured the book, awed by its beauty and brilliance. We'll be lucky if 2019 brings us much else of this rank. This is wickedly good writing and something really special. Sadie Jones has talent to burn.--Billy O'Callaghan
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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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