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The Shape of Snakes

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A book by Minette Walters

Minette Walters is as much exterminator as novelist. With uncomfortable accuracy, her novels bring to the surface those creepy, crawly parts of the human psyche that most of us would rather keep hidden. Articulate, clever, and acutely observant, she … see full wiki

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Author: Minette Walters
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Putnam Adult
1 review about The Shape of Snakes

Well written, but chilling

  • Sep 10, 2001
Minette Walters is undoubtedly a very talented author, and her ability to write a truly chilling crime mystery which keeps you guessing to the end makes all of her books very entertaining.

And I must say I enjoyed the style of writing in this book very much. I like the way she intersperses the story with letters, e-mails, medical and police reports and the like. It all adds texture and interest to the story. But then we are faced with the topic, and it is no simple murder mystery. In this book she deals with all the horror of things that human beings can do to one another, and strong medicine it is too. As such I have given the book 2 stars instead of 5 that I would have given for style and narration.

The subject matter is vile. There is prejudice, bigotry, hatred and violence to both humans and animals in all of its ugly glory, and it sickened me. I have read many books with equally graphic horrors without bother - perhaps it is a testament to Ms Wlaters' writing that it got to me so effectively. The end of the book is utterly heart rending and shocking and stayed with me for days.

Well, you might say, it is a murder mystery. Surely all such stories are ugly be definition? Perhaps, but with this one Ms Walters has quite outdone herself, and despite all of her undoubted writing skills and ability to tell a tale, this is quite a difficult book to read and to feel comfortable with.

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