Welcome to this weeks’ edition of In the Books, featuring When The Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book: Frederick Starks has it all—a gorgeous wife who was his high school sweetheart, three beautiful children, a mansion and cars others envy, millions in the bank, respected in his community, admired by his employees, loved and respected by loyal friends. He revels in the hard-earned power and control he’s acquired. As the saying goes, “All that glitters is not gold,” which Starks discovers when gut-wrenching betrayal by his wife sends him over the edge and into a maximum security prison. There, Starks is a new “fish,” stripped of nearly everything he’s always relied on. In that place, where inmates and guards have their own rules and codes of conduct, Starks is forced to face the darker side of life, and his own darker side, especially when the betrayals, both inside and outside the prison, don’t stop. He must choose which path to follow when the line between right and wrong becomes blurred: one that leads to getting out of the physical and emotional hellhole he finds himself in or one that keeps him alive.
My Review: This was a book I was looking forward to reading when I saw the description, and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve always been a fan of shows like Law and Order, and this was similar enough that it felt like a comfortable pair of shoes (I’m not sure that was the author’s intention, though. Lol).
As the main character, Starks is the type of guy you either love or hate. He’s self-confident and does what he can for his family, but he also refuses to accept his share of the responsibility for what ended up putting him in prison. I thought it added a cool element of the real world we sometimes don’t see, which was refreshing on several levels.
The story itself is smooth flowing style that delves into multiple points of view to allow us to see the various angles and thoughts of different characters. This, along with the prison therapist, helps us to understand Starks’ world isn’t as black and white as he would have us believe.
I have to admit, as much as I was prepared for the ending and knew what was coming, it still took me by surprise. That’s a testament to the author’s ability to tug at my heartstrings and was a cool experience. Given everything Starks had to deal with in the first book, I can’t wait to see what more trouble he can find in the sequel.