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Maxim Jakubowski February 2015 Highly Recommended.

Young adult writer Catherine Webb was also known to pen great fantasy adventures as Kate Griffin, but the revelation she was also Claire North, author of last year's unique The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, was a major surprise. Her follow-up, Touch, is as intriguing and breathless as it is brilliantly original, constantly defying expectations and a step (or two) ahead of the reader. Featuring a troubled hero who can move from body to body just by grazing someone's fingertip and who becomes the subject of a sinister assassination attempt, the tentacular plot spans centuries and the whole wide world in an attempt for the protagonist to find out why he (or she) is being hunted and opens the lid on a boiling pot of conspiracy theories. Agile, unpredictable, this one will keep you awake at night in the search for answers.

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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was a stunning debut and this is even better. It is amazing. A thriller with a dimension that others simply do not have. The entity known as Kepler can pass from one body to another through the simple touching of skin. From victim to murderer to cop to receptionist to driver to … anyone. A chase becomes something so much more than running and hiding when you can hide as anyone. It also adds a new level of excitement. Hard to describe why it is so good, you just have to read it. I’m serious, it is one of the weirdest and most wonderful thrillers I have ever read and I’m sure you will think so too.

If you like Claire North you might also like to read books by Dean Koontz, Michael Marshall and Lauren Beukes.

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Synopsis

Touch by Claire North

The electrifying new thriller from the acclaimed author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. He tried to take my life. Instead I took his. It was a long time ago. I remember it was dark, and I didn't see my killer until it was too late. As I died, my hand touched his. That's when the first switch took place. Suddenly, I was looking through the eyes of my killer, and I was watching myself die. Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone. Some people touch lives. Others take them. I do both. 'One of the cleverest, most compelling books I've read in a long time. Intoxicating, ingenious and intricate ...Claire North is one hell of a writer' C. L. Taylor, author of The Accident 'The high stakes and breakneck pace of the plot will draw readers in, and the meditations on what it means to be human and to be loved will linger long after the last shot is fired' Kirkus 'I was totally and utterly gripped, it's just extraordinary. Absolutely mesmerising' Claire Mackintosh, columnist and author of I Let You Go Other praise for Claire North: 'One of the fiction highlights of the decade ...Utterly readable, utterly believable and compelling' - Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club 'Fantastic' Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2 'Beautiful and gripping' GUARDIAN 'A masterful literary thriller' I09. COM

Reviews

'One of the cleverest, most compelling books I've read in a long time. The intoxicating voice, ingenious premise and intricate plot will have readers clamouring for a copy. Touch has bestseller written all over it and Claire North is one hell of a writer' C. L. Taylor, author of THE ACCIDENT

'I was totally and utterly gripped, it's just extraordinary. Absolutely mesmerising' Claire Mackintosh, author, feature writer and columnist

'Touch is fast, smart, cinematic and with a cracking central idea. This is absolutely destined to be one of the biggest thrillers of 2015 ... A very, very impressive second outing' Rick O'Shea, radio presenter

'A dark thriller that asks readers to imagine whom they would be if they could be anyone. Literally ... This fast-paced tale starts with a bang and continues with a bunch more of them ... The high stakes and breakneck pace of the plot will draw readers in, and the meditations on what it means to be human and to be loved will linger long after the last shot is fired' KIRKUS

About the Author

Claire North

Claire North is a pseudonym for British author Catherine Webb. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was her first novel published under the Claire North name, and was one of the fastest-selling new SFF titles of the last ten years. It was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, the Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club promotions. Her next novel Touch was published in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim and was described by the Independent as 'little short of a masterpiece'. Catherine currently works as a theatre lighting designer and is a fan of big cities, urban magic, Thai food and graffitispotting. She lives in London.

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Publication date

26th February 2015

Author

Claire North

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Publisher

Orbit an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
432 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780356504599

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