The Shape of Snakes Paperback – 2 May 2008
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November 1978. And in a London suburban street, a disturbed West Indian woman is apparently the victim of a road accident. Yet the young married woman who narrates this mesmerising tale and found her dying at the roadside, is strangely convinced that she was murdered. This leads to her spending the next 20 years doggedly digging out the truth from what turns out to be a cesspool of intrigue and lies from which some terrible truths finally emerge. Letters and photographs are intermittently inserted into an insidiously spellbinding narrative that culminates in a shockingly believable climax.
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The story is an uncomfortable reminder of the depths to which prejudice can fall. A reminder of just how prevalent racism was in the late 1970s and the cruelty of human nature towards medical conditions where understanding is limited.
Not having many sympathisers our dogged herione's path to success is strewn with emotional, moral and physical dangers. There aren't many characters that you end up having sympathy with but it does demonstrate that even the most upright citizens can be less than perfect when the situation is fraught with danger.
Also nice to see that the ultimate 'criminal' was not easy to spot.