Sadie Jones is winning high praise for her novel, The Snakes, which she’ll be talking about at The Literary and Scientific Institute on Thursday 7 November as part of BridLit.
She won the Costa First Novel Award for her bestselling The Outcast. Her latest book holds the reader in its tense grip from start to shocking finish.
The Guardian named it one of the best books of 2019, calling it ‘a suspenseful, beautifully written thriller’, while The Telegraph described it as a ‘sizzling hot summer read’ .
Award-winning journalist and author Elizabeth Day thought it ‘thrillingly good’.
As menacing as the deeply unsettling The Outcast, The Snakes is an all-consuming story of a family whose worst sins come back to bite them.
Bea and Dan, recently married, rent out their tiny flat to escape London for a few precious months. Driving through France they visit Bea’s dropout brother Alex at the hotel he runs in Burgundy. Disturbingly, they find him all alone and the ramshackle hotel deserted, apart from the nest of snakes in the attic.
When Alex and Bea’s parents make a surprise visit, Dan can’t understand why Bea is so appalled, or why she’s never wanted him to know them – Liv and Griff Adamson are charming, and rich. They are the richest people he has ever met. Maybe Bea’s ashamed of him, or maybe she regrets the secrets she’s been keeping.
Tragedy strikes suddenly, brutally, and in its aftermath the family is stripped back to its rotten core, and now neither Bea nor Alex can escape.
‘Terrifying, dangerous, with an ending that is as uncompromising as the build-up is truthful,’ says Rachel Joyce.
Get your tickets for this event to find out what makes Sadie Jones tick and the thought processes behind The Snakes. It’s destined to be a bestseller.