Awakening by Sharon (S. J.) Bolton
August 1, 2010 14 Comments
Awakening (2009) is a thriller that focuses around a small English village. Clara Benning is the local veterinarian and she likes to deal with animals more than with people. In fact, she’s been hiding from people most of her life.
But when things are happening in her village that involve animals, Clara has to come out of her shell and help her neighbors. It starts with a woman finding a snake in her baby’s cot. Clara manages to get it out safely. Then a large number of snakes are discovered in another house and a man gets bitten.
With the help of Matt, a local man around whom she gets even more nervous than she is with most other people, she removes the snakes and starts to investigate what is going on.
This is not only a thriller, it is also the story of Clara coming to terms with herself and finding a place in society.
Thrillers in English villages are usually capable of arousing a reader’s interest, and this book is no exception. The beginning was great, then a hint of zombies was thrown in, and I went “Oh, no!”. When zombies didn’t play a major part in the book (in fact, there aren’t any!), I enjoyed it again, and only towards the end, I found things getting a little complicated. Suspicions moved form one person to the next, all with a likely explanation of why they would be involved. The end was satisfying if a little far-fetched. But in all, a pleasant thriller, which did “thrill” me to some extend.