The Serpent Waits by Bill Hiatt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
THE SERPENT WAITS is the first novel by Bill Hiatt that I've read, but it's certainly not going to be the last I read of this prolific author. THE SERPENT WAITS is a glorious combination of magic, magical realism, fantasy, and even science fiction and legend and mythology, drawing on a vast number of cultural legends across the globe. There's all you've heard of and very likely some you haven't! Amy is an investigative reporter in L.A. who receives a tip about a ti small community called Santa Brigidia, located near Santa Barbara, California. On the surface it seems to be a Utopia, but according to the terrorized informant, people disappear, the weather behaves bizarrely, and it's all due to one woman, a philanthropist and developer named Carrie Winn. When Amy gets approval to investigate, she goes "undercover" and applies for employment, only to discover that her worldview no longer applies, to anyone at Santa Brigidia nor even to herself. This is a stay-up-all-night-to-finish story.
YA/NA oriented but entertaining and enlightening for us older folks too!
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