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Awakening Paperback – May 25, 2010
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Clara Benning is a veterinary surgeon who, due to a childhood accident, chooses to spend her time working with a wildlife hospital and living as a near recluse in her small village near the boundaries of Devon and Dorset England. Grass snakes are common in that area, but not when they invade households en masse. Even less common is when a resident dies by the bite of a black adder as many times the level of venom from one snake bite.
When a taipan, one of the world's most deadly snakes and native to New Guaina, is found, there is clearly a human hand at work killing elderly residents. Along with her neighbor, a police officer, and an internationally herpetologist, Clara must uncover a long buried secret and a killer, before more die.
I can't say I'm fond of snakes, but its clear Ms. Bolton has done her research. I found the information on snakes, the breeds, their venom and their history in England very interesting. I still don't want one as a pet, but the information was included in such a way that it added to the story without disrupting the flow.
And flow the plot did. From the very beginning, added by her vivid descriptions and very good suspense. The story did lag a bit at one point, but soon picked up again. I found myself reading much later into the night than I had intended. I was never able to predict where the story was headed. The twists were very well done.
Bolton likes very strong, very independent women. As with her first book, "Sacrifice," the protagonist doesn't need a man to rescue her.Read more ›
Clara, the narrator, tells us how her "quiet, orderly life went into meltdown." One day, she gets a call from a frantic mother who tells her, "There's a snake in my baby's cot." Although Benning is a tough woman who does not frighten easily, she is understandably nervous when she races to the scene and sees an adder resting near the sleeping infant. "One lightning-charged strike and [the baby's] brief existence would be over." This dramatic scene sets the stage for a story that has elements of romance, mystery, zoology, and even a bit of the supernatural.
Dr. Benning is a remarkable woman who has steeled herself against feeling too deeply. She tends to the most ill-treated and badly injured animals with no obvious display of emotion. However, even the formidable Clara is badly shaken when someone starts using snakes to inflict harm on the town's residents. Where did these creatures come from and why would anyone deliberately use them as weapons? These crimes bring Clara into contact with Sean North , the "world's best known herpetologist," who is also a charismatic television personality, and Matt Hoare, an Assistant Chief Constable, both of whom are attracted to the prickly vet. When Clara is accused of committing the assaults herself, she turns sleuth, risking her life to solve a puzzle whose roots extend deep into the distant past.Read more ›
Turning compulsively from one chapter to the next, I am quickly seduced by Bolton's portrayal of the ambiguity of human nature with a series of characters as colorful as the snakes: a group of elderly people murdered one by one; a worldwide snake authority as strangely exotic as the field of his expertise; a detective constable who moves too closely into Clara's private space; and a family of men whose home is as mysterious and enigmatic as their past. Through it all, an exceptionally brave Clara ranges through the countryside seeking answers, oblivious to danger in her quest for truth and brutally honest about the perceptions of herself in the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The main character, Clara Benning, is a wildlife veterinarian with a disfigured face who is trying to live as solitary a life as possible in a small... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary
I have now read all 8 of Sharon Bolton’s books (a new one is due out the in the fall of 2016 and I have it pre-ordered). Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bobby D.
An English village is infested with snakes; a young vet, scarred by a childhood accident, is drawn into the dilemma. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Diane Scott Lewis
This book was one I didn't want to put down. It started out with a terrifying theme. I thought my dreams would be about things that hiss and slither. Read morePublished 4 months ago by alice wittwer
This is a fun book. It is not great literature but it holds your interest, it tells story and it comes to a conclusion.Published 4 months ago by Sharon M. Evans
As with most of Sharon Bolton's books, she establishes a strong sense of place, along with decent character development. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pat S
I'm finding this one difficult to review. On one hand, it wasn't as quick moving as her Lacey Flint series (as you can tell by the fact it took me 10 days to finish it); on the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Chelsea E. Humphrey
I could not put it down. Read it straight through. Jaw-dropping Awesome.Published 11 months ago by S. Janes
It was ok, but the heroine was too meek and mild for my taste. Her physical deformity dominates the book.Published 11 months ago by Susan MacFarlan