When a man dies from what appears to be a random snake bite in a quiet country village, the hospital seeks the expertise of wildlife vet Clara Benning. But the post mortem reveals this was no freak accident.
Clara finds herself drawn into the hunt for a brutally inventive killer, putting herself in grave danger as she unravels links to a barbaric ancient ritual, an abandoned house and a 50-year-old, unspeakable tragedy.
For someone the truth must remain buried in the past, even if they have to kill to keep it there.
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S.J. Bolton has elevated herself to the High Priestess of English Rural Gothic. If she carries on like this she will have worshippers in their millions - The Times
This book writhes and glides and slithers its way into the readers psyche...Bolton creates memorable characters and knows precisely how to ratchet up the tension and tell a cracking story... a new British crime writer who is sure to make her mark - Guardian
Truly grim (in a good way). An original and atmospheric chiller - Daily Mail
Assured and original. Sacrifice was good: Awakening is even better -
A tour de force - totally grips from beginning to end -
Devilishly clever... a terrifying climax... a classy, fast-moving and gripping thriller...You wouldn't want to miss it! - Lancashire Evening Post
Full marks...Bolton racks up the tension in preparation for a nail-biting finale - Yorkshire Post
Bolton goes for the gothic with gusto here...a powerful cocktail of creepiness - Time Out
Chilling, eerie and intense. **** - News of the World
Sharon Bolton (previously S. J. Bolton) is the author of six critically acclaimed novels. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year, the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the CWA Dagger in the Library.
Sharon lives near Oxford with her husband and young son.
For more information about the author and her books, or to check out her addictive blog, visit www.sharonbolton.com. You can also join her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SJBoltonCrime