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An environmental disaster movie of a thriller, from the celebrated author of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax. Part psychological thriller, part dystopian nightmare, The Uninvited is a powerful and viscerally unsettling portrait of apocalypse in embryo.

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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.

Reviews

'Extraordinary ... A hugely inventive generic hybrid, part-crime thriller, part morality tale, that dances along the borders of SF' -- Arifa Akbar, Independent

'There is no question that The Uninvited makes for a gripping read ... she is a great British author with a talent for brilliantly written and truly original tales' Daily Express

'Expertly paced, combining moments of chilling horror with deadpan comedy, this audacious novel is utterly gripping' -- Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail

'In the course of eight inventive, provocative novels, Jensen has carved out a fictional space dense with elements of fantasy and thriller, satire and SF, science and cod-science, but entirely her own. The mainstream is moving towards her, rather than the other way around ... The book is so tightly wrought that even the recurrent phrase not yet , which Hesketh teaches Freddy to append whenever anyone says I don't know as an earnest of the forward march of knowledge, comes to have a dark second meaning ... chilling' -- Justine Jordan, Guardian

'Psychologically rich and consistently thought-provoking ... always absorbing' -- John Dugdale, The Sunday Times

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

1st April 2013

Author

Liz Jensen

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781408817735

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