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Unflinching in its gaze, The Snakes is a bold, brilliant and beautiful novel which holds the reader in its tense grip from start to unforgettable finish.

About the Author

Sadie Jones is a novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, The Outcast ('Devastatingly good', Daily Mail) won the Costa First Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize. It was also a Richard and Judy Summer Reads number one bestseller and adapted for BBC Television. Her second novel, Small Wars ('Outstanding', The Times; 'One of the best books about the English at war ever', Joel Morris), was published in 2009, and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her third, in 2012, was The Uninvited Guests ('A shimmering comedy of manners and disturbing commentary on class... a brilliant novel', Ann Patchett) followed by Fallout in 2014 ('Intoxicating and immersive', The Sunday Times).

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"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
"The Snakes is gripping from the outset, then finally unputdownable. The writing is magnificent. One of the most powerful and uncompromising novels I've read in years." -- Jonathan Coe
"I am blowing the trumpet for The Snakes to anyone who'll listen. I devoured the book, awed by its beauty and brilliance. We'll be lucky if 2019 brings us much else of this rank. This is wickedly good writing and something really special. Sadie Jones has talent to burn." -- Billy O'Callaghan
"The Snakes asks serious questions about human nature, avarice and justice, wrapped in the fast-paced rhythms of a thriller. It is written with Jones's trademark economy and a fierce attention to the nuances of familial cruelty... I finished The Snakes with a juddering heart, strangely close to tears" -- Elizabeth Lowry * Guardian *
"Sadie Jones is such an enjoyable novelist to spend time with. Her books are so easy to read, while each sentence is rich in meaty observation... Elegantly atmospheric... The Snakes left me breathless" -- Claire Allfree * Daily Mail *
"An all-encompassing read from the first page to the devastating final paragraph" -- Alice O'Keeffe * The Bookseller *
"A suspenseful, beautifully written thriller about the corruption of money and abuse within a dysfunctional family" * Guardian *
"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
"The ending is devastating" -- Jeffrey Burke * Mail on Sunday *
"This gripping read drips with a menace that builds of the shocking final pages" -- Joanne Finney * Good Housekeeping, *Book of the Month* *
"[A] menacing new contemporary thriller... a tantalising set-up, after which the plot zigzags unpredictably to a brutally stark finale that steals the breath" -- Anthony Cummins * Metro *
"The Snakes...has all of Jones's trademark depth and layered storytelling" -- Sarra Manning * Red *
"Unsettling, thought-provoking and beautifully written, you won't be able to get this out of your head" -- Caroline Robb * Heat *
"Jones's style is immediate and lively and she is particularly good at dialogue, which she uses a great deal, often to advance the fast-paced plot" -- Elisa Seagrave * Literary Review *
"Sadie Jones... knows how to construct a narrative of great emotional power. Her prose is crisp and precise, studded with spiky observations" -- Andrew Taylor * Spectator *

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