The Serpent’s Skin by Erina Reddan – Our Review
The Serpents Skin, a brilliantly unsettling novel about young desperate family trying to comprehend their changed world, had me completely mesmerized from the very first page.
The year is 1968 and JJ’s beloved mother leaves her family of four children one morning without saying goodbye. They live on a dirt-poor farm on the outskirts of town, and in shock and bewilderment all the kids take up their mother’s duties and try to support their father, who is silent and remote.
But JJ, the most feisty of the lot of them, spots mistakes and inconsistencies in her father’s answers to her questions about her mother’s disappearance – and just can’t let it go.
A literary mystery, The Serpent’s Skin, is a both a love story to the complex relationship you have with your siblings, who you love, often hate, tease and share everything with – including trauma, as well as a fascinating exploration into the flawed power of parenthood.
This quietly beautiful novel about family secrets and the bonds that both tie and support us has been a real highlight for me this year.
Review by Nicole @ Great Escape Books