Book: When The Serpent Bites by Nesly Clergecategories: Book, General Fiction, Serpent, Psychological Suspense, Betrayal, Novel, Prison, Human Emotions, Crime
Nesly Clergeabout this book: When the Serpent Bites is a book about the complexity of human emotions and the fact we are all prone to poor judgment at times because of this.
Frederick Starks is a privileged man, a proud man, wealthy in many ways, poor in others. His wife’s affair and other marital issues cause them to separate. No longer is he able to go home to his three young children every night, to kiss their foreheads as they sleep. Being forced out of their daily life is a wound with no cure, one that festers inside him. Starks is used to being in control, to winning. He can’t move forward in his life unless he confronts the man who destroyed his family. What was meant to be an exchange of words rapidly takes a turn for the worst. Starks soon finds himself in a maximum security prison, stripped of everything dear to him and all that he’s always relied on. Two imperative questions he faces demand an answer: Will he allow others to control, use, and abuse him? And, what will he have to do or become in order to survive?
Personally, I find this story realistic. We’ve all found ourselves in less than desirable situations where our emotions led us to make an irrational decision, especially in matters of the heart. The beginning of this book explores this.
The title of the book speaks volumes: In life we can find serpents around any corner, waiting to strike. Where additional complexity comes in is through the question, Do we see ourselves as clearly as we see others? What causes anyone to become cold-hearted or manipulative, to abandon the value of human life—and love? For some this is a result of the environment they were raised in. For some it’s a form of adaptation, or stems from betrayal by others, especially those they trust. There are many causes. This is the core of this book, and is explored through internal, external, interpersonal, and antagonistic conflict and resolution—some of those resolutions returning us to where we started: the poor judgments we sometimes make.
When the Serpent Bites is an emotional roller coaster. Take the ride with Starks on his journey through twists and trials. Witness the choices he makes, and why, and where each decision leads him. If you appreciate well developed characters, an engaging story that keeps you turning pages into the night, you’ll be glad you read When the Serpent Bites. But don’t be surprised if the characters and the story stay with you long after you read the last sentence.
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