Awakening

Paperback | August 31, 2009

byS.j. Bolton

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An idyllic village is thrown into ­turmoil in the startling, heart-racing new thriller from the author of Sacrifice.

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 whenever 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 fifty-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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An idyllic village is thrown into ­turmoil in the startling, heart-racing new thriller from the author of Sacrifice. 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 ...

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Praise for Sacrifice:“Splendidly crafted, deeply disturbing first novel . . . this debut novel will deservedly be a bestseller.”— The Times

S. J. Bolton was born in Lancashire. She lives near Oxford with her husband and young son and is currently working on her next thriller.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 31, 2009Publisher:TransworldLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0593059247

ISBN - 13:9780593059241

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Praise for Sacrifice:
“Splendidly crafted, deeply disturbing first novel . . . this debut novel will deservedly be a bestseller.”
The Times