Awakening

Awakening

Book - 2009
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An idyllic village is thrown into ­turmoil in the startling, heart-racing new thriller from the author of Sacrifice .

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.
Publisher: London : Bantam, 2009
ISBN: 9780593059241
Branch Call Number: BOL
Characteristics: 393 p. ;,24 cm

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nhoj
Apr 24, 2017

A vet in an English village gets involved in a rash of snake incidents that soon becomes murder and a generation old church fire that no one wants to talk about. Her disfigurement which has caused her to retreat from society soon puts her in jeopardy.
A great story that pulls you in the further into the story you go.

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pharra
Apr 21, 2017

I love Sharon Bolton, but I agree with the reviewer who said she gets better with time.
This is one of her earlier books, and although it was riveting and suspenseful in parts, it could have used more editing.
Kudos to Ms. Bolton for the research she puts into her books; fascinating to read about the habits of snakes.

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terrybateman
Jun 30, 2016

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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BWilsoned
Apr 27, 2016

I enjoyed this thriller/mystery from Bolton set in Scotland. All Clara wants is to be left alone, but a recent spate of snakes in homes has her interacting with everyone in the village. Grass snakes, adders, and Papuan Taipans as well as snake-handling religious sects and other mental illness. Fun, compelling read.

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Brendenplace
Aug 17, 2015

This novel had its moments but needs to be edited.
It gets exciting and then goes flat pretty quickly. Not enough Action ...I often found my mind wandering as the main character regales us with trivial details that don't add very much to the story.

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Microbes
Apr 24, 2012

Saw this in an NPR email from 2010, and I'm adding this 4/2012

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mpot
Jan 14, 2012

Excellent. Suspenseful.

sjmitra Oct 04, 2011

With S J Bolton I am travelling backwards and reading the most recent to the first book she published. I have to say she gets better with every book she writes. I love Now you See Me and Blood Harvest, and I'm glad I didn't start with Awakening. Awakening is a huge disappointment. Too much information about snakes and their habitats -- your average reader does not want to be an expert on the taipan, the adder or the cobra. Very little character development -- could not muster up any interest in any of them -- and a really implausible plot. The story is unrealistic and verges on the absurd. I am now afraid of picking up Sacrifice, her first book. Maybe I'll just wait for her to write another book.

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terrybateman
Jun 30, 2016

"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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trbateman
Jun 30, 2016

"All I know is that there came a night when I walked among serpents. And they did not harm me."

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trbateman
Jun 30, 2016

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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