AwakeningBook - 2009
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 whenever 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 fifty-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.
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"Not sure what you idiots have in mind, but lay one finger on me and one of you is going to lose his eyesight."
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Clara is a vet in a small English village. She has always been a bit of a recluse because of the facial scarring she has from a childhood accident. The scarring goes deeper than her skin, however. It has affected her entire life. However, she's drawn out of her shell when snakes start showing up in the village, and people start dying. It doesn't help that, as a vet, she is the number one suspect. Can she track down the truth? It has something to do with an event in the village back in 1958 that nobody will talk about. Her search, however, may make her the next victim. Fast-paced and fascinating, this is another winner from the author. However, be aware that the language can be a bit objectionable.
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