Reviews

  • "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"

    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"

    Daily Mail
  • "An all-encompassing read from the first page to the devastating final paragraph"

    The Bookseller
  • "Ever since her debut, The Outcast, Jones has peopled her propulsive plots with nuanced, dimensional creations imbued with human failings and graces. The Snakes is no exception… Jones crafts a pitiless shock ending; a denouement that refuses closure and resonates long after the book is set aside… [the ending is] bound to become a talking point"

    Financial Times
  • "A suspenseful, beautifully written thriller about the corruption of money and abuse within a dysfunctional family"

    Guardian
  • "The ending is devastating"

    Mail on Sunday
  • "This gripping read drips with a menace that builds of the shocking final pages"

    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"

    Metro
  • "The Snakes has all of Jones’s trademark depth and layered storytelling"

    Red
  • "Unsettling, thought-provoking and beautifully written, you won’t be able to get this out of your head"

    Heat