Well, I really enjoyed the first two thirds of this novel, which established and developed the narrative and characters, but found the final section tying up the many loose ends less engaging.
The Essex setting was great and all the characters were quite interesting (the only genuinely nasty person died conveniently on page 2). However the relentless serpent theme grated. Also tbh, some of the characters were so interesting, I would have liked a longer novel, so I could have known then better.
Other plus points:
– The rector actually seemed to be a Christian
-Interesting autistic character
-Beautiful cover design