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The Uninvited [Kindle Edition]

Tim Wynne-Jones
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Who is the uninvited? This new page-turner from a master of suspense plumbs the unsettling goings-on at a picture-perfect cottage in a Canadian backwater.

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Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her father offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she's glad to head up north. The key is hidden where her dad said it would be, so she's shocked to find someone living there! Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi. What's more, he accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside: a dead bird, a snakeskin, a cricket soundtrack in his composition. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press (16 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003BXRNZ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #524,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars No one likes an uninvited guest 13 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback
Mimi, an undergraduate student in New York has had a hellish year. Running away from her life for a bit she drives threw Canada to an old house along the syne that her estranged father owns. It was supposed to be a perfect hiding place. It was supposed to be a space for her to write and work out her troubles. It became a treasure trove of secrets and fear. At nineteen, Mimi floats along on a river journey that she didn't sign up for but she isn't able to fight the current.

The Uninvited is full of suspense from the first page to the last chapter. As this is a mystery type book I can't get too deep with the story, it's best that others give it a shot. I found it a surprising mature read from Walker Books, usually known for publishing to a younger audience. It's a delightful surprise and once I'd cracked the book (it did take a while to get into) I couldn't put it down. I haven't explored too much of Canada myself but the scenery is described beautifully and it made me long for days when travelling by canoe was an acceptable form of transport. I'd recommend this book for older teens looking for drama that's got a sickening strain that begs for discussion. This isn't your classic YA book and be prepared for uncomfortable confusing moments.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't make me want more! 23 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
I'm quite surprised to read two such positive reviews for this book....although there is only 2, shame there isn't more as i would be interested to see what other people think. I think the best way for me to put it is that this book just didn't do it for me! It seemed to have such a good premise and a very inviting (no pun intended) cover i was expecting really great things and I felt really let down with the story in general, without giving the plot away I really cant elaborate on exactly what I mean.... I guess it is general preference at the end of the day, I've read some brilliant books recently (Water for elepants being one of the best) so this just fell flat.

I didn't gel with any of the characters, I dont think the character of Jackson was explored enough, also thought that mimi could be annoying at times, I've actually forgotton the names of the others which just goes to show this book did not stay with me at all afterwards! I know when i've read a good book when it stays me and i am still thinking about it the next day etc

The one positive aspect is it doesn't read the way I expected it too, there are surprises that you dont expect, although not all good.
I feel a bit harsh giving it a 2 star so have gone for a 3, a 2 and a half would have been ideal! it's okay(ish) but wouldn't read a second time...also glad i hired it from the library as opposed to buying it as it would be in the charity shop now (sorry!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 21 Jun 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
When New Yorker Mimi drives all the way up into the Canadian wilderness to find the little house her artist father once used as a studio, she's just looking to spend some time alone - and away from an affair with a professor that has taken a nasty turn.

The last thing she expects is to find someone already occupying the house. Jay, a young musician struggling to find his muse, is more connected to Mimi than she first realizes. And so is the shy young man who watches them in secret from the river.

As Mimi and Jay divide up the house, the idyllic setting in the countryside is disrupted by a series of intrusions that become more and more destructive and apparently hostile. Why would anyone want to disturb them? How can they be stopped? And just how many secrets lie hidden in that long-abandoned house?

THE UNINVITED is a tense mystery broken by occasional bits of peace and beauty. The three narrators become more and more sympathetic as the reader gets to know them, and all of the supporting characters are well-developed and full of personality as well. Some of the best scenes are when Mimi, Jay, and Jay's girlfriend, Iris, are just hanging out, getting to know one another. But the gripping, suspenseful scenes are equally well done.

Wynne-Jones does a masterful job of letting certain moments stand as they are, without pushing them into melodrama, like the subtly creepy chapter end when Mimi discovers someone's filmed her on her own camera.Readers will enjoy fitting the pieces together as they learn about each of the characters, but the most important questions will keep them eagerly turning pages right until the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NightlyReading Review 9 May 2011
By Nightly Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I thought that this book was going to be paranormal, like a ghost or something from reading the back, but it was not. It was an okay read and anyone whom likes a psychological thriller, would probably love it!

Mimi is running away from something at college, she has packed up her belongings and headed to her father's old cottage in Canada. There she can do some thinking and figure out her next move.

Jay enjoys the old cottage down on the snye. He likes to play his music and uses the house for rest and concentration. But someone is playing an ugly trick on him. They keep leaving awful things in his bed.

Cramer's mother is really depressed. Sometimes, even tries to harm herself. He works 2 jobs to try to keep the money flowing to pay the bills. His only solace is his canoe, the only birthday present he had ever remembered getting.

These three young adults have more in common than they realize when their worlds clash one summer.

The book kept my interest enough to finish and put all the pieces together. It was interesting to read how someone elses mistakes can end up being everyone elses biggest problems.

*Special thanks to Candlewick Press for this review copy.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been a better read 13 July 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Mimi Shapiro, who just finished her freshman year of college at NYU finds herself running away from her problems. She runs off to Ontario, to stay at a house owned by her father, a famous artist who abandoned Mimi as a baby but has recently reentered her life. Mimi gets a rude awakening when she discovers that her father's house is already inhabited by 22 year-old Jay. Despite an awkward introduction to each other, they quickly find out that they have a deeper bond than either of them had originally expected. Soon after, Mimi and Jay discover that someone has been sneaking into their house and taking their possessions while they were gone. As Mimi and Jay deal with the intruder, the reader is also introduced to Cramer and his mother, Ontario natives who live not to far from Mimi and Jay. As the book progresses, Mimi and Jay discover the truth behind not only about their intruder, but also about their family.

As the book begins, after a shaky prologue, the reader immediately becomes attached to Mimi and Jay, both likable characters. Unfortunately, beyond our protagonists, most of the other characters come across quite two-dimensional and a bit cartoonish. Also, this novel depends on the mystery at the core, and at the beginning the mystery is quite intriguing, but it quickly becomes quite boring as more characters become involved. The worst part of this novel is the subplot involving Cramer and his mother, Mavis. Not only are these two characters quite unlikable, Author Tim Wynne-Jones fails to make these characters interesting at all, making their scenes quite a chore to read. Even when the reader is supposed to feel sympathetic for one of these characters, you have trouble feeling that because because of how they were portrayed through the entire novel. Also, a subplot featuring Mimi and the reason she escaped to Ontario seemed quite silly and a bit unrealistic. While the novel had quite a bit of promise at the beginning, it quickly unravels until it reaches a fairly ridiculous climax that is sure to get many readers unsatisfied.

I have a hard time trying to figure out the target audience of this book. While it is being marketed as a Young Adult novel, I feel that many teens would be bored out of their mind reading this novel. I do not think their is enough to not only get a teen to pick up this book, but also to finish it to it's conclusion. Older teens and adult readers who like mild suspense will appreciate this novel much more.

"The Uninvited" starts out quite strong with some interesting characters and an intriguing mystery, but it quickly devolves as the plot progresses and more characters are introduced. While not an awful book, I have trouble recommending this novel because the second half is a chore to read and the climax and resolution comes across as quite insipid.
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I invited Tim Wynne-Jones into my library of well-loved tales 2 Oct 2013
By donna ramos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I cannot but call this lovely story a "tale", for it truly has the feeling of something more than just a novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Treat 10 Aug 2013
By Wisewoman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reading the reviews of others prompted me to put in my 5 cents.
Not knowing anything about the author, I had no idea he usually writes for young adults. I am not one of those readers - which tells me that this book has been sadly targeted to the 'wrong' audience.
Those who have bought it and/or just read it must have been expecting something else, even those who gave 5 stars.
I found my copy, of all places - at the Dollar Store (You'd be amazed what treasures you can find, but I digress) - and I was so enthralled by the promise of what I read on the back of the book - I took it home and just finished it.
I loved the book - I love Mimi, funny girl she is, and I loved how the whole story unfolded and how everything was so beautifully described, it felt as if I was there, observing - maybe along Cramer, in the woods, behind a tree?
I am glad I bought the book, I would have paid more, had I seen it elsewhere - and i am sad that it was relegated to be sold at a discount store. I hope the author reads these and knows that had this been marketed to a maturer audience, who knows what might have been?
I highly recommend this book.
3.0 out of 5 stars No one likes an uninvited guest 13 Sep 2012
By AshleyiSee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Mimi, an undergraduate student in New York has had a hellish year. Running away from her life for a bit she drives threw Canada to an old house along the syne that her estranged father owns. It was supposed to be a perfect hiding place. It was supposed to be a space for her to write and work out her troubles. It became a treasure trove of secrets and fear. At nineteen, Mimi floats along on a river journey that she didn't sign up for but she isn't able to fight the current.

The Uninvited is full of suspense from the first page to the last chapter. As this is a mystery type book I can't get too deep with the story, it's best that others give it a shot. I found it a surprising mature read from Walker Books, usually known for publishing to a younger audience. It's a delightful surprise and once I'd cracked the book (it did take a while to get into) I couldn't put it down. I haven't explored too much of Canada myself but the scenery is described beautifully and it made me long for days when travelling by canoe was an acceptable form of transport. I'd recommend this book for older teens looking for drama that's got a sickening strain that begs for discussion. This isn't your classic YA book and be prepared for uncomfortable confusing moments.
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