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The Snakes Review

March 21, 2019

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The Snakes Review

This latest novel from the award-winning author of The Outcast, Small Wars and The Uninvited Guests, explores the corrupting influence of wealth and privilege in contemporary society. Set in London and France, it’s a literary thriller about life in a rich but dangerously aberrant family.

Can Dan and Bea survive the snakes of the past, the corruption of the wealth on offer, and the dangers it opens them up to?

Dan and Bea live in a small flat in London. Bea is a psychotherapist and Dan is an estate agent, a job he hates as he really wants to pursue a career in art. Bea’s father Griff is a businessman and the family are very rich, but Bea wants nothing to do with them and Dan has only met them once. Feeling oppressed by their city routine, Dan and Bea decide to take a few months out travelling round Europe, and renting their flat out while they’re away. Bea sees this as a good opportunity to call on her younger brother Alex, who lives in and runs a hotel in the south of France which is owned by their parents.

But when they arrive at the hotel, they find it dilapidated and empty, with snakes in the attic, and Alex, who has a history of addiction and mental illness, seems not to be coping well. Then Bea’s parents, Griff and Liv arrive, and tensions start to run high. Dan soon realises just how wealthy Griff and Liv are, and wonders why Bea is so opposed to taking any of the money they offer, which would solve all Dan and Bea’s financial worries. When a terrible tragedy occurs, darkness overtakes the family and bitter secrets come to the fore. Can Dan and Bea survive the snakes of the past, the corruption of the wealth on offer, and the dangers it opens them up to?

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