Snakes. Talk about giving me the creeps….snakes’ll do it every time. So it’s a wonder I ever picked this book up. BUT, I’m very glad I did, because it’s one of the strangest and compelling books I’ve read in a long time.
Dusa dreams about snakes. Tiny blue snakes, big gold snakes, snakes writhing all around her head. The dreams put her into fits during which she smacks her mother, froths at the mouth, becomes stiff as a board…literally….and pretty much start to drive her crazy. Until…the Gordon sisters enter the picture. Teno and Yali are well-respected scientists who have devoted their lives to curing “snake dreamers” after their sister died of the affliction. They hook up with Dusa and whisk her away to their uncharted island in the Aegean Sea where she discovers the sisters are much more than what they appear on the surface. Fans of Greek mythology will appreciate this twist on the Medusa story and those of you who just like odd stories will also find this one hard to put down. Gorgons, Medusa and her daughters (some of whom wear “bracelets that hiss”), a beautiful enchanted boy, and girls who turn to stone…what more could you ask for in a story?