Sadie Jones: The Snakes

This novel has a very engaging beginning. It was one of the last things self checked out of Redwood City Public Library, way back February (and she needs to return it soon, obv). Since Redwood City Library opened to curbside pick-up of books on hold, she got the notice that one of the books she requested, Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King, is ready for pick-up. YAY!

The Snakes is self’s first Sadie Jones.

One-sentence summary: Young husband and wife throw caution to the winds, quit their respective jobs (The wife loved her job, but the husband didn’t love his) and embark on a road trip.

Ch. 2 (p. 19)

The service station on the A26 from Calais was sunny and civilised. The day was mild. They sat outside and had a coffee, watching people playing on the manufactured grassy slopes. They’d bought a left-hand drive Peugeot in London, the week before they left. It had seventy thousand miles on the clock and a manual gearbox. Most of the car was blue but the bonnet, for no reason the seller would commit to, was matt black.

“It looks like shit,” Bea had whispered to Dan, out of earshot.

“It is shit, it’s nine-hundred quid.”

They’d left London the morning before their tenant, a PhD student from Korea, was due to move in.

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The author Sadie Jones

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