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Bold, insightful and terrifying – the compulsive, contemporary new novel from No.1 bestselling author Sadie Jones

The tense and violent story of the Adamsons, a dysfunctional English family, with exceptional wealth, whose darkest secrets come back to bite them. Jones (The Outcast, Small Wars, The Uninvited Guests) moves into a contemporary setting for the first time with this gripping story set in rural France and the interview rooms of the local gendarmerie. An all-consuming read and a devastating portrait of how money corrupts, and how chance can deal a deadly hand.

The Snakes exposes the damage wreaked by parents on children as observed by a new member of the family, Dan, a mixed-race man from Peckham who marries Bea, who refuses to take any of her father’s filthy money. But when Bea’s brother Alex (who runs a shabby hotel in Paligny, France) dies suddenly in unexplained circumstances, the confusion and suspicion which arises brings other dark family secrets – and violence -- to the surface. And none of the family – even the good – go untouched.

Reviews

instant modern classic. The Snakes is superbly written, each sentence punctuated by a drumbeat of menace, each word placed with a master's touch. I keep thinking about the questions it poses: about what it is to be good in these imperfect times; about how we can protect our humanity in the face of narcissism and greed. Yet for all its depth and mystery, The Snakes is also just a thrillingly good read

Elizabeth Day

A suspenseful, beautifully written thriller about the corruption of money and abuse within a dysfunctional family

Guardian

An all-encompassing read from the first page to the devastating final paragraph

Alice O’Keeffe, The Bookseller

Masterful, terrifying, dangerous, with an ending that is as uncompromising as the build-up is truthful. The Snakes is as beautifully written as it is dark and honest.

Rachel Joyce

I was absolutely gripped by this original and beautifully-told story of a couple enmeshed in a nest of vipers -- a rich family of criminals. Its evocation of a sinister French house, the corruption of love and the powerlessness of good is both haunting and chilling. Nobody contemporary writes about unhappy families as well as Sadie Jones.

Amanda Craig

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9781784742560

    March 19, 2019

    Chatto & Windus

    448 pages

    RRP $37.00

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  • The Snakes
    Sadie Jones

    Hardback

    9781784742553

    March 7, 2019

    Chatto & Windus

    448 pages

    RRP $40.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

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