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Awakening

Awakening

A Novel

Sharon Bolton

Minotaur Books

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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.

Mary Higgins Clark Award Nominee

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Praise for Awakening

Awakening is a delicious Gothic thriller.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR, on Awakening

“Page-turning suspense.” —Booklist (A Top Ten Crime Novel of the Year)

“I was totally riveted by S. J. Bolton's second thriller, Awakening. . . . Perfect reading for a long plane trip.” —Nancy Pearl on Awakening

“The page-turner of the summer . . . It's been a long time since we've devoured a book this length at one sitting. . . . We were just grateful to find ourselves in the hands of as extraordinary a storyteller as S. J. Bolton.” —The Denver Post on Sacrifice

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