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The Uninvited [Kindle Edition]

Liz Jensen
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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.

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

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

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2174 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BJ3MD4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Liz Jensen was born in Oxfordshire in 1959. Her critically-acclaimed work spans black comedy, science fiction, satire, family drama, historical fantasy and psychological suspense. Three of her novels have been nominated for the Orange Prize and in 1998 she was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award. She is Writer in Residence at Kingston University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her work has been developed for film and translated into more than 20 languages.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Grips from the beginning 13 Dec. 2012
A really excellent read that kept me gripped throughout. The premise is a really interesting and very timely one regarding the way we treat our world. The idea of children becoming revenge-seeking automatons is a disturbing one and was really well played out in the book. The reader finds themselves gripped from the start as we read about a young girl in leafy Harrogate, ready for bed in her pretty butterfly pajamas who kills her grandmother with a nail-gun to the neck. It's a brutal beginning and certainly one that makes the reader want to read on.

I particularly enjoyed the narration by Hesketh a man navigating his way through life with a brilliant academic mind and a deep misunderstanding of human relationships thanks to his Asperger's.

"We are all liars bud. It's human nature'. No, I thought. He's wrong. Through a quirk of DNA, I am not part of that 'we'. I can get obsessive about things. Or sidetracked. I can appear brutal too, I'm told. But I know right from wrong. And I revere the truth. So you will at least find in me an honest narrator'.

And we do. He is a brilliant choice for a narrator in that he is set slightly apart from the other characters who get swallowed by hysteria and anger at what is happening around them. In Hesketh we get a narrator who, whilst taking part in the action can also stand back and tell it like it is. His complicated relationship as an ex-almost-stepfather to Freddy filled the emotional gap and made Hesketh a totally realised character. His attempts to connect with people by making them gifts of complex origami was also very touching.

Overall I enjoyed this much more than The Rapture as I felt the characters were more developed and the premise was well played out. Not much cheer in this dystopian nightmare, but a great read, recommended for those looking for a psychological thriller with teeth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The unexpected 1 July 2014
By Marie
Hesketh Lock is a unique figure in the world of anthropology; his Asperger's syndrome allows him to objectively analyse patterns in human behaviour that others overlook. He is never short of work as big businesses take advantage of his talents to assess their employees' habits in order to maximise their profits. While investigating an unusual case of whistleblowing and sabotage in a factory in Taiwan, Hesketh becomes aware of bizarre news reports from home. What starts as an isolated incident of parricide becomes a global epidemic as young children all over the world turn inexplicably against their loved ones. As his own stepson Freddy begins to exhibit increasingly sinister behaviour, Hesketh must use all his expertise to try to get to the bottom of this most disturbing phenomenon.

Liz Jensen has impressed me before with The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax and The Rapture. Here, Jensen revisits the dystopian, apocalyptic themes of The Rapture, but handles them in a far more understated manner. If you're looking for a straightforward horror novel with creepy zombie children and gratuitous gore you won't find it here. Instead, we explore how a community might react under pressure to a truly inexplicable and sinister global threat.

Hesketh is a strong lead character and it is easy to empathise with him. I liked that he is a well-developed character in his own right rather than simply a one-dimensional caricature of Asperger's syndrome as I have sometimes found in other novels - neither overbearingly 'quirky' nor an emotionless robot. Instead, we see how his Asperger's affects him in more subtle ways and how his analytical habits lead him to see situations slightly differently from the majority, which really added to my enjoyment of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sci-fi tinged genre-busting novel 9 Feb. 2014
By Joanne Sheppard TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The Uninvited is the third of Liz Jensen's novels I've read. Like the previous two, The Rapture and The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, it features sinister children who appear to have mysterious, possibly psychic abilities. It also returns to The Rapture's theme of a world teetering on the edge of dystopia. I can't quite decide whether this means Liz Jensen is shamelessly recycling ideas or whether she has simply invented her own genre, but because I enjoy her work so much, I'll veer towards the latter.

The Uninvited begins with two apparently separate phenomena which seem to be occurring worldwide. One is a spate of murders committed by otherwise non-violent children, and the other is a series of incidences of industrial sabotage. The novel's narrator Hesketh Lock is an anthropologist whose Asperger's Syndrome, while problematic when it comes to social interaction, provides a degree of detachment that's useful in his job as a troubleshooting consultant specialising in analysing corporate cultures and behaviours.

Hesketh, sent by his employer to investigate seemingly unconnected sabotage attempts in large industrial firms across the world, soon begins to notice patterns and similarities which, he argues, can't possibly be coincidental - and what's the connection with the sabotage incidents and the sudden outbreak of murders by young children?

The matter-of-factness of Hesketh's narrative style is comic and tragic by turns in contrast to the drama, and indeed horror, of the events he describes, and his blunt honesty, despite his ex-partner Caitlin's cruel jibe that he is 'a robot made of meat', is endearing. Even more endearing is his love for Caitlin's young son Freddy, which is unconditional yet strangely unsentimental.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling, scary, original...highly recommended
The Uninvited is the first Liz Jensen novel I've read, but I'm now keen to read the others. It's a difficult story to neatly classify; there are elements of science fiction,... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kilgore
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a tad too long but intriguing!
Published 1 month ago by Euphemia
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read, but me personally prefers a bit of a twist in the end and more concrete ending
Published 1 month ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant, creepy book, nothing formulaic about this. The characters are completely original.
Published 2 months ago by jojo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 2 months ago by smiler
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
good, but not her best book
Published 3 months ago by Noble Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars For I already own Rapture and Nine Lives of Luis ...
For I already own Rapture and Nine Lives of Luis Drax from this author,I decided to give this one a try. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ján Lapin
3.0 out of 5 stars so confused??
I have given it a 3 although 2.5 would be more appropriate as not sure if I liked it or not. Never read a book I am so I sure of. Read more
Published 8 months ago by NickyM
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not what I expected but still a good read
Published 10 months ago by j.p. meehan
2.0 out of 5 stars boring and disjointed
This is one of the most boring books I have ever read, everything explained
in such detail continually went off on different tangents wish I had saved my money,
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. Sarah J. Cornelius
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