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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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Liz Jensen is the bestselling author of seven acclaimed novels, including the Guardian-shortlisted Ark Baby, War Crimes for the Home, The Ninth Life of Louis Drax and, most recently, The Rapture, shortlisted for the Brit Award and selected as a Channel 4 TV Book Club Best Read. She has been nominated three times for the Orange Prize for Fiction and her work has been published in more than twenty countries. Liz Jensen lives in Wimbledon, London.


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 *
A masterclass in creepiness - as unsettling as Margaret Atwood or Kazuo Ishiguro but with modern detail such as Skype calls, industrial espionage and Twitter. It is this hybrid of haunted souls and capitalist cautionary tale that gives the novel its power -- Alexandra Heminsly * Independent *
Like Jensen's previous novel, The Rapture, this is as dazzling as it is unsettling * Voyager *
We Need to Talk About Kevin meets The Children of Men in this literary thriller from the author of The Rapture. As the unsettling story unfolds, delayed flights will be no problem with this in your bag * Elle, Summer Reads *
Recalling Margaret Atwood's haunting The Handmaid's Tale ... A compelling, poetic and subtle psychological thriller -- Rebecca Wallersteiner * The Lady *
This brilliantly odd thriller mixes the quirky charm of The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Nighttime with the sci-fi strangeness of Doctor Who ... You'll be kept guessing until the final pages * Easy Living *
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 a 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 *

Hesketh Lock, the main character in Jensen's (The Rapture) atmospheric new thriller, is an unlikely hero. Lock, an anthropologist who works for a multinational company that investigates corporate fraud, has Asperger's syndrome. While his analytical mind makes him a valued investigator, he has trouble making eye contact or sharing emotions, and in times of stress he is likely to cope by constructing elaborate origami creatures in his mind. When Lock begins investigating a string of corporate sabotages afflicting companies around the globe, he notices startling parallels between both the events themselves and the saboteurs involved. At the same time, a shocking epidemic of violence by children is on the rise, threatening social structures on a wide scale as well as Lock's own fatherly relationship with the son of his former lover. VERDICT Jensen creates a wholly original character in Hesketh Lock while building a spooky, foreboding landscape where children can't be trusted, free will is under siege, and the line separating past, present, and future are not as finite as one might think. Part sf, part thriller, and totally eerie, this is recommended for readers who enjoy dystopian tales, thrillers, and sf.-Amy Hoseth, Colorado State Univ. Lib., Fort Collins (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

An epidemic outbreak of corporate sabotage and murderous children fuels this cerebral thriller from English writer Jensen (The Rapture). Hired to find an explanation for the chaos is Phipps & Wexman, the multinational legal firm that employs Hesketh Lock as a "cross-culture specialist." In an unusual twist, Hesketh is an anthropologist whose Asperger syndrome allows him to study human behavior at a remove (and ends most of his romantic relationships almost before they begin). The saboteurs, it turns out, are all employees trying to bring down their own corporations: in Taiwan, one blows the whistle on an illegal-logging coverup; another, in Sweden, fouls a deal in coffee futures, costing his bank millions; and in Dubai, an employee of a multinational construction company alters figures and "screws up his company's business across five continents." Each saboteur commits suicide under baffling circumstances, but it's not until Dubai, where Hesketh witnesses a man's "surprisingly elegant" suicide when a small, ragged child appears, that he begins to see connections. Hesketh gradually discovers that the children constitute a tribe of sorts, with a "group consciousness" and their own language. They also have a mysterious craving for salt, as do the saboteurs. All of this has global ramifications, ratcheting up the suspense as the narrative picks up speed. Complementing the larger investigation is Hesketh's relationship to his beloved stepson, who has attempted to kill his mother. Are the children genetic "mutants"? Have they come from the future to wreak havoc? Jensen never says, and her denouement is eerie and foreboding, leaving unanswered as many questions as it addresses. Agent: Clare Alexander, Aitken Alexander Associates. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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