The Serpent’s Bite by Warren Adler

When troubled siblings head into the wilderness with their aging father, their hopes to secure their inheritance lead them to make unfathomable choices, even as their guide succumbs to alcoholism.

I really try to avoid posting negative reviews–when I don’t like a book, I just won’t finish reading it. But for some reason I kept reading The Serpent’s Bite even though I wasn’t really enjoying it, and since author Warren Adler has written a ton of books I think he can probably weather a bit of public negative criticism. At the outset I was drawn in by the meanness of the characters and hoped for something operatic and grand. Instead the story turned claustrophobic and perverse, and not in a good way. So despite the quality of the prose, plotting, and structure, I just didn’t really enjoy this book at all.

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