Books that are truly worth reading


Sharon Bolton

You know that feeling? The one that makes you want to glance over your shoulder?

All Clara Benning wants is a peaceful life as a wildlife vet, and to hide her disfigurement from the world. But now she doesn’t have a choice. Because a man has died from a suspicious snake bite, and Clara’s concern leads her to the abandoned house at the end of the lane, and an unspeakable tragedy that occured half a century ago.

Recommended by Rachel

From what I remember, this is the book that got me into crime-fiction and thrillers. My sister leant me this book when I was around 16 and it’s still one of my favourites today.

Awakening is the story of a young, reclusive veterinary surgeon who is thrown into the centre of a murder investigation when, first, snakes start to invade the homes of her neighbours and then, a local man is found dead, supposed killed by a snake bite. Without giving too much away, this is one of the creepiest and most intriguing books I’ve ever read. It gave me literal chills in parts and I read it pretty much in 1 or 2 sittings.

As only her second books it doesn’t quite have the polish or the fast pacing of some of her later novels, particularly the Lacey Flint series, but it does have some wonderful characters, a really exciting and unique plot and a way of drawing you in and keeping you hooked from the first pages. I got so immersed in this story I was actually sad when it ended.