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The Uninvited [Hardcover]

Liz Jensen
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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8 Jan 2013
Part psychological thriller, part dystopian nightmare, this is a new powerful novel from the bestselling author of The Rapture. 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? Anthropologist Hesketh Lock has his own problems; but as more acts of 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. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.
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  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (8 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781608199921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608199921
  • ASIN: 1608199924
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,013,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arresting, disturbing and utterly compelling 21 Dec 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
"Mass hysterical outbreaks rarely have identifiable inceptions, but the date I recall most vividly is Sunday 16th September, when a young child in butterfly pyjamas slaughtered her grandmother with a nail-gun to the neck."

From this visceral and arresting opening, we know we are in safe hands with this book: Jensen has written a narrative which is by turn spooky, terrifying, disturbing and unexpected. Every word feels measured and assured; the plot grips, twists and turns with no longuers or missed beats; and the characterisations and voices feel immaculate. So this is a very well crafted novel - but it's also an extremely gripping one.

I don't want to say too much about the plot which would spoil this for other readers but Jensen does an excellent job of mixing up elements from a range of genres - crime, horror, sci-fi, domestic drama - to create something which is uniquely itself.

So this is very intelligent writing combined with a genuinely compelling plot - I finished this at a single sitting and was up till the small hours because I *had* to know what happened next. This is the first book of Jensen's that I've read but, on the back of this, I'll certainly be seeking out her back catalogue - highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rapture Revisited 13 Sep 2012
By tim
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One of the impressive things about Liz Jensen's books is that they are all so different, so this 'The Rapture' retread - although a good read - comes as a bit of a disappointment. It could almost me an early draft of that previous novel. The theme of a slowly emerging outbreak of malevolent global collective unconscious is a compelling one, but we have been there before.
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There were a number of things I really liked about this book. First of all was the depth of the lead character who had Asperger's syndrome. The author had a very good insight of this condition and used this as part of her narrative, in fact it was central to the character and his setting.
The suspense and build up was also excellent - at the start we are given just enough hints of something bigger and these build through the story, making you want to read on and learn about the bigger picture.
In common with other reviewers, the ending isn't what I would have hoped for and for that reason I gave four stars rather than five. I felt like the ending was a little bit of a cop-out but then that's because I like clean, happy and resolved endings and not open ended or fuzzy ones like this.
I would still recommend this book to others - I enjoyed reading it and finished it in a relatively short amount of time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Thrilling - must be read! 6 July 2012
By Leila
Liz Jensen's latest offering, The Uninvited, is part thriller, part social commentary, with a bit of science and religion thrown in. I'm not normally in to science-y things but having been a fan of her previous works I decided to give it a go - and I am so glad that I did! I suspect Jensen has yet another hit on her hands. This is a more serious novel, in the vein of her last book, the Rapture, but it still has her natural sprinkling of comedy, particularly in the characterisation of Hesketh, who is the novel's brilliantly drawn protagonist, and it's through his eyes that we witness sinister and evil goings-on. All around the world, adults are suddenly and randomly committing acts of mass sabotage whilst children are engaging in shocking acts of violence, ultimately leading to the questioning and breakdown of everything as we know it. Even though the story was a bit scary (for me) in places, I was unable to put the book down and had to keep on going till the end. What's even scarier than the story is the very real notion that this new world Jensen describes as evolving might actually be on the cards for us in the future. The science managed to be both challenging yet easy to digest, with has echoes of Margaret Atwood for me. Jensen's characters are totally believable and get right under your skin, particularly Hesketh and his step-son Freddy.

I absolutely loved The Uninvited, and therefore I urge you to read it! I can't wait to read it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super!
Very gripping story!
Published 1 month ago by Miss F P Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dead exciting book. Prompt delivery too.
Published 2 months ago by zoe brown
4.0 out of 5 stars The unexpected
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought at lunchtime; finished by 5.00pm
I literally could not put this book down. The writing is so compelling and well-crafted. The lead character is well thought-out and sympathetic. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. E. A. Molloy
3.0 out of 5 stars Lord Of The Flies 21st Century
I loved the opening sequence of the book and it definitely held me to carry on. I found it an interesting read but Hesketh seemed a bit wishy washy as the lead grown up in a world... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dangeo
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking
Was interesting to think it could possibly happen. Well written and easy to follow, took a bit of time to finish so not particularly unputdownable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by AnnieC
4.0 out of 5 stars The Uninvited by Liz Jenson
The Uninvited by Liz Jenson

This book could have been written by Dean Koontz, or maybe James Herbert. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sue Almond
3.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
I really enjoyed this book - it was incredibly exciting but I had the feeling the author was aiming a film audience. I am sure it would work much better as a movie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jane Lomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sci-fi tinged genre-busting novel
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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joanne Sheppard
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, creepy and well written read let down by its cop-out...
Recently, I've tended to read books that I've heard a lot about and that come heavily recommended. I'd never heard of this book before I started reading it, and it's not really my... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Georgiana89
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