An idyllic village is thrown into turmoil in the startling, heart-racing new thriller from the author of Sacrifice.
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 barbaric ancient ritual, an abandoned house and a 50-year-old, unspeakable tragedy.
For someone the truth must remain buried in the past, even if they have to kill to keep it there.
“Bolton goes for the gothic with gusto here...a powerful cocktail of creepiness”
“Truly grim (in a good way). An original and atmospheric chiller”
“Assured and original. Sacrifice was good: Awakening is even better”
“A tour de force - totally grips from beginning to end”
“Full marks...Bolton racks up the tension in preparation for a nail-biting finale”
“Devilishly clever... a terrifying climax... a classy, fast-moving and gripping thriller...You wouldn't want to miss it!”
Lancashire Evening Post
“Chilling, eerie and intense”
News of the World (****)
“This book writhes and glides and slithers its way into the readers psyche...Bolton creates memorable characters and knows precisely how to ratchet up the tension and tell a cracking story... a new British crime writer who is sure to make her mark”
“S.J. Bolton has elevated herself to the High Priestess of English Rural Gothic. If she carries on like this she will have worshippers in their millions.”