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The Uninvited by Liz Jensen
  

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From the prize-winning and bestselling author of TV Book Club pick The Rapture, this is Liz Jensen's most thrilling novel to date.

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The Uninvited by Liz Jensen

A seven-year-old girl puts a nail-gun to her grandmother's neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious? As chilling murders by children grip the country, anthropologist Hesketh Lock has his own mystery to solve: a bizarre scandal in the Taiwan timber industry. Hesketh has never been good at relationships: Asperger's Syndrome has seen to that. But he does have a talent for spotting behavioural patterns, and an outsider's fascination with group dynamics. Nothing obvious connects Hesketh's Southeast Asian case with the atrocities back home. Or with the increasingly odd behaviour of his beloved step-son, Freddy. But when Hesketh's Taiwan contact dies shockingly and more acts of sabotage and child violence sweep the globe, he is forced to acknowledge possibilities that defy the rational principles on which he has staked his life, his career and, most devastatingly of all, his role as a father. Part psychological thriller, part dystopian nightmare, The Uninvited is a powerful and viscerally unsettling portrait of apocalypse in embryo.

Reviews

'A pacy, imaginative novel, full of twists and turns, that deserves to be read in one sitting' Kate Mosse on The Rapture

'An end of days blockbuster to haunt your nightmares ... unputdownable' The Times

'Excellent ... Would-be thriller writers should certainly pick up The Rapture; it's a masterclass on how to write an engaging thriller about a relevant contemporary issue while still respecting the reader's brain cells' Irvine Welsh, Guardian *****

'A cracking good read. Combining the tensions of modern psychology with scientific speculation and social analysis in a speedy plot, Jensen puts me rather in mind of Margaret Atwood' Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph

'Deliciously apocalyptic and jammed full of ideas, this is storytelling at its rapturous best' Daily Mail

'I've never read anything like this. Chilling, and thought-provoking, this book offers a vision of a future where things go badly wrong. This is a psychological thriller written by an author with precision timing and an innate talent for the genre. There is an unsettling mix here, of compassion and humanity, along with ideas that are difficult to comprehend - children killing adults. Compelling to read, difficult to put down, Liz Jensen's new novel is both terrifying and redemptive' Monique Roffey, author of The White Woman on the Green Bicycle on The Uninvited

About the Author

Liz Jensen

Liz Jensen is the author of Egg Dancing (longlisted for the Orange Prize), Ark Baby (shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and longlisted for the Orange Prize), The Paper Eater, War Crimes for the Home (longlisted for the Orange Prize), The Ninth Life of Louis Drax and My Dirty Little Book of Stolen Time. She divides her time between Copenhagen and London.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Liz Jensen

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Paperback

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Literary Fiction
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ISBN

9781408821152

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