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Awakening

Sharon Bolton

Minotaur Books

Clara Benning, a veterinary surgeon in charge of a wildlife hospital in a small English village, is young and intelligent, but nearly a recluse. Disfigured by a childhood accident, she generally prefers the company of animals to people. But when a local man dies following a supposed snakebite, Clara’s expertise is needed. She’s chilled to learn that the victim’s postmortem shows a higher concentration of venom than could ever be found in a single snake—and that therefore the killer must be human.

Assisted by a soft-spoken neighbor and an eccentric reptile expert, Clara unravels sinister links to an abandoned house, an ancient ritual, and a fifty-year-old tragedy that has left the survivors secretive. But for someone the truth must remain buried in the past—even if they have to kill to keep it there.

Awakening is a disturbing tale of dark secrets and insidious rituals that will have readers unable to stop for a breath until they’ve reach the stunning climax of this extraordinary read from the author of the acclaimed debut novel Sacrifice.

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Praise for S.J. Bolton:

“Everyone, male or female, will love Bolton. There is nothing not to love. Endowed with the ability to write beautiful prose that packs a punch, Bolton also creates intriguing characters (good and evil), and twists them all together in chilling and clever plots. Her novels are lush with creepy British atmosphere. . .heavy with ideas that set the mind humming. . .and vibrant with fast-paced action that alternates between subtle and amplified.”
The Huffington Post

“Outstanding…Bolton never eases up the tension; her tightly coiled plot and heroine on the edge work perfectly in tandem.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review, Pick of the Week) on Dead Scared

“S. J. BOLTON is changing the face of crime fiction—if you only read one crime novel this year, make it this.”
—Tess Gerritsen on Now You See Me

“Excellent. . .Now You See Me is a cerebral thriller that avoids clichés. Each twist and turn is unpredictable as are the fully drawn characters' actions.”
—Oline H. Cogdill, South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Now You See Me

"Fascinating characters, good and evil, along with [a] well-developed and intellectually stimulating plot and nail-biting, spine chilling, exciting ending that will leave you out of breath—and eager to read the novel all over again."
—The Huffington Post on Awakening

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  • Sharon Bolton

  • SHARON BOLTON grew up in Lancashire, England, and now lives near Oxford with her family. Awakening, her second novel, is inspired by her fascination with British folklore. Visit her online at www.sjbolton.com. Sharon Bolton was previously published as S.J. Bolton.

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