Awakening Author:S. J. Bolton When a man dies from what appears to be a random snake bite in a quiet country village, the hospital seeks the expertise of wildlife vet Clara Benning. But the post-mortem reveals this was no freak accident. — Clara finds herself drawn into the hunt for a brutally inventive killer, putting herself in grave danger as she unravels links to a barba... more »ric ancient ritual, an abandoned house and a fifty-year-old unspeakable tragedy.« less
Bolton is a wonderful writer and this book is not exception. The story is engrossing and the characters great. Be warned though that a great deal of the plot has to do with snakes--biting people, infesting houses, being studied and cataloged. If you don't like snakes this may not be for you.