Thursday, 2 July 2009

CRIME FICTION: Awakening - SJ Bolton


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.


To be honest with you I wasn’t over impressed with Sarah’s original offering so this one didn’t make its way up the reading pile for a bit of time. However, when I finally bite the bullet and started on this offering I was greatly surprised as the problems that I’d spotted in the authors original release, such as the change in the characters demeanour had been fixed. These characters were solid, their emotional as well as psychological states were fixed and with a story that really did twist the readers imagination. Back that up with confrontation of the principle protagonista’s past and the spiralling emotional twists of the love triangle within and its an absolute cracker.

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