This chilling, exciting
mystery is a winner. It's frightening and has almost unbearable tension at times. Clara's vulnerability and bravery make her an appealing character, and the change
in her personality as she begins to let people into her life is very well written and heartwarming. Wonderful!
Wildlife veterinary surgeon Clara Benning's life allows her a lot of contact with animals and little with people. Her face was scarred when she was a child, and she has never felt comfortable around people. But when snakes swarm in her village, some poisonous, some non-native to England, invading houses and killing people, Clara is forced to take part in the puzzle.
Then she starts seeing a man she's sure has died. As a scientist, she doesn't believe in ghosts, but the events that follow seem to have no logical explanation. As Clara learns to open her heart to people, she meets two men who can look beyond her appearance and prickly personality. (MINOTAUR, Jun., 352 pp., $25.95)