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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.
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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 millionsReview:
Bolton goes for the gothic with gusto here...a powerful cocktail of creepiness
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Book Description Transworld Publishers Ltd, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 400 pages. 9.45x6.38x1.34 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk0593059239
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Book Description Bantam Press, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. UK 1st Edition 1st Impression Hardback Signed Publication dated (23 April 2009) and Lined "How did it all begin? Well, I suppose it would be the day I rescued a newborn baby from a poisonous snake." The book is as new in very fine unread condition. There is no pushing to the spine top or bottom, there are no knocks to the corners, the dust jacket is very fine and unmarked, (now protected in removerable cellophane wrap). The pages are very fine in unread condition. All my books are posted very well packed inside a box with plenty of bubble wrap around each book to ensure each book reaches you in perfect condtion. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-2541102758