Author: Nesly Clerge
Title: When the Serpent Bites
Genre(s): Mystery, thriller, and suspense; Crime fiction; Vigilante justice
Review: This is the first novel I have read that involves prison as a plot scene and although I was weary of how Nesly could make the environment dynamic, I was pleasantly surprised with how well he portrayed the environment and all the nuances of prison life. Setting aside, The character of Frederick Starks absolutely blew me away. Faced with the ultimate betrayal from his wife, he finds himself without the high class luxuries he was used to nor the fantasy he thought he was fulfilling with his beloved partner. After he is imprisoned, Frederick must navigate the prison lifestyle, which totally and completely combats his comfort zone. Through much development (mostly forced), he learns more about himself than ever would have been possible if he had not been convicted. I enjoyed being witness to the development of his character, especially when his darkness started to seep out. He not only had to manage the shift of living as a millionaire to being in prison, but he also encountered continuous betrayals both within the system and outside the prison. This novel really painted a picture of how environment can alter a person in ways that are unknown until they endure it. I highly recommend this read if you are looking for a complex character development that will take you to the darker sides of humanity.
Book Description: "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."
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