Out now: a first novel from Gillian Anderson

andersonGillian Anderson has co-written this with Jeff Rovin (no, I’d never heard of him before either). Reviews are probably best described as mixed, but SFX says “The prose is crisp, the main characters are well-defined and likeable”*

Renowned child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara is a single mum trying to juggle her job, her son, and a lacklustre love life. Her world is suddenly upturned when Maanik, the daughter of India’s ambassador to the United Nations, starts having violent visions. Maanik’s parents are sure that her fits have something to do with the recent assassination attempt on her father – a shooting that has escalated nuclear tensions between India and Pakistan to dangerous levels – but when children start having similar outbursts around the world, Caitlin begins to think that there’s a stranger force at work … ‘

 

*In the interests of balance, Tim Martin at the Telegraph describes it as “a deeply confused and almost anti-suspenseful book, lumbering grimly towards the cumulative cliffhanger through a fog of implausible chit-chat”

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