by Sadie Jones
It’s my stop on the “The Snakes” blog tour! I have kindly been provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, so thank you to Anne Cater for the invite. If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour, see what people have to say on Goodreads and head over to the author’s Twitter page.
Family secrets can be deadly…
Newly-weds Dan and Bea decide to escape London. Driving through France in their beaten-up car they anticipate a long lazy summer, worlds away from their ordinary lives.
But their idyll cannot last. Stopping off to see Bea’s brother at his crumbling hotel, the trio are joined unexpectedly by Bea’s ultra-wealthy parents. Dan has never understood Bea’s deep discomfort around them but living together in such close proximity he begins to sense something is very wrong.
Just as tensions reach breaking point, brutal tragedy strikes, exposing decades of secrets and silence that threaten to destroy them all.
Bea and Dan are a young, newly married couple, feeling the strain of London life. They decide to pack in the rat race, at least temporarily, and travel for 3 months. First stop: a hotel in Burgundy, France run by Bea’s brother Alex. Alex Adamson is a recovering addict living off his parent’s money and the hotel he owns is pretty run down, so it’s not the idyllic holiday the couple were probably imaging. Things get even worse when Alex announces that their parents are on their way too.
Going into this book I was expecting a fast paced thriller as the name and creepy front cover imply. Instead this is a intentionally slow moving read and more of a contemporary family drama. Sure there are plenty of plot points to keep you engaged and thrilled, but deep down this is a compelling exploration of family tragedy, hidden secrets, lies and deception.
At over 400 pages, this book is certainly a slow burn and longer than my usual reads but this definitely isn’t a bad thing in this case. I found it a little difficult to stick with and get into the story at times, but when I did I really enjoyed this tale of wealth and greed.
This is a great character study and they all felt like real people, despite each being damaged in their own ways. The story was good too and I enjoyed that it was unpredictable throughout. I’ve not read anything else by this author but know that she’s well reviewed so will make sure to check out her other books in the future!
Overall rating: “The Snakes” is a compelling family drama about the hidden secrets of one dysfunctional family. If you’re into a slow burning read, this is for you!
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