Veterinary surgeon Clara Benning is young and intelligent, but
practically a recluse. Disfigured by a childhood accident, she
lives alone and shies away from human contact whenever possible.
But when a man dies following a supposed snake bite, the victim’s
post mortem shows a higher concentration of venom than could ever
be found in a single snake. Assisted by her softly spoken
neighbour, and an eccentric reptile expert, Clara unravels sinister
links to a barbaric ancient ritual, an abandoned house and a
fifty-year-old tragedy that left the survivors fiercely secretive.
Then the village’s inventive attacker strikes again, and Clara’s
own solitary existence is brutally invaded. For someone the truth
must remain buried in the past — even if they have to kill to keep