The uninvited by Liz Jensen

I read this book on a long train journey all in one go! Really thrilling and unputdownable. The narrator, cultural anthropologist Hesketh Lock, recounts an accelerating global epidemic of children committing murder and acts of violence against their parents, whilst investigating mysterious and various acts of sabotage committed by adults.  Gradually, connections are uncovered, as civilisation begins to crumble…

  Hesketh has Asperger’s Syndrome, which brings an interesting angle of perception to his story, and this coupled with his straightforward narration makes the bizarre happenings brilliantly believable. This novel takes in folklore and mythology, elements of the paranormal and unusual scientific theory (I don’t want to spoil it!), but this is balanced with fantastic characterisation and a tightly paced narrative. The writing is beautiful and exciting. A wonderful follow-up to ‘The Rapture’ (a previous ‘TV Book Club’ selection).


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