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Touch by Claire North
  

Touch

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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. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

Maxim Jakubowski February 2015 Highly Recommended.

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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 Michael Marshall, Lauren Beukes and Dean Koontz.

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.

Reviews

'Touch is little short of a masterpiece ... both a thought-provoking literary treatise on what makes us human, and a genre-thriller that rattles on at a breakneck pace. Excellent.' INDEPENDENT

'Poignant and intensely gripping' GUARDIAN

'North's talent shines out' SUNDAY TIMES

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.

Author photo © Siobhan Watts

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Book Info

Publication date

27th August 2015

Author

Claire North

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Publisher

Orbit an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
464 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Thriller / Suspense
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Science fiction
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780356504568

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