Snake is a tabloid tale told in a young girl’s voice; sincere, anxious and human.
Tracey’s second novel, Snake is a psychological thriller about a little farm girl who watches a charming stranger destroy her family. She calls on her intimacy with the wild and her fierce courage to try and stop him.
Tracey adapted the novel to a screenplay and in 2018 the project won the WGSA pitch competition at the Cape Town International Film Market. The National Film and Video Foundation has selected Snake for production funding and the film is currently in development with Boondogle Films.
Tracey Farren lives a stone’s throw from the Cape Point Nature Reserve, Cape Town with her partner and a pack of dogs and children. She completed a psychology honours degree at the University of Cape Town before working as a freelance journalist. A creative writing course with Anne Shuster turned her writing life on its head.
“Although I am generally quite wary of child narrators, Farren’s Stella won me over completely. Truthful to a fault, exhaustingly so, and with a memory for every last little detail, she is nevertheless haunted. She is the towering strength of this novel. Although her view is young, she engages clearly with moral issues. Farren’s creation of Stella’s voice never falters as she examines the evil consequences of old lies and temptations and sets them up in a balance with decency and goodness in this seemingly artless, yet absolutely riveting read.”
– Jane Rosenthal, Mail&Guardian
“An equally disturbing and redemptive book.. [leaves you feeling] drawn to your deepest self again. More than a murder mystery, Snake is about the tragic optimism yet creative resilience of the underdog.”
Beth Shirley, Sunday Times
“The story holds you all the way along, through emotion-charged scenes and acts of unspeakable brutality and horror. The final scenes are breath-stopping. This is a story that tears at the heart. Unforgettable.”
– Jayne Bauling, award winning author