The Uninvited – Liz Jensen

the-uninvited-by-liz-jensenSo, for those of you who don’t know, NetGalley is just about the greatest thing ever. If you’re a reviewer or blogger, you can get FREE e-galleys of books you’re interested in, some of which haven’t been published yet (as is the case with The Uninvited). All you have to do is sign up and request a book, and if you’re approved, they’ll send it straight to your Kindle (or Kindle app, if you’re an Apple geek like me). It’s pretty awesome.

Anyway, The Uninvited. I happened upon this title in a periodic email that NetGalley sends based on your preferences, and I was immediately intrigued by the chilling synopsis: one morning, a little girl calmly walks up to her grandmother, puts a nail gun to her neck, and fires. The experts think this is an isolated incident, a tragic accident; but the experts are wrong. Suddenly, all over the world, children begin killing their families.

Hesketh Lock, an anthropologist at a PR company called Phipps and Wexman, has his own troubles to worry about, including a bizarre scandal in the Taiwan timber industry. But the news about the children immediately captures his attention, because the girl who killed her grandmother—who he begins to think of as “Child One”—is his stepson Freddy’s age. Hesketh’s Asperger Syndrome has gotten in the way of more than one relationship in his life, but he has an uncanny ability to spot behavioral patterns that helps him connect the dots faster than most—and he soon discovers that the apparent suicide of his contact in Taiwan could be connected to the gruesome child-driven murders happening all over the world. As Freddy’s behavior gets increasingly strange, Hesketh must race against the swift deterioration of society to understand the brutal killings—and save his son.

Check out the rest of my review over at The Broke and the Bookish!

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One thought on “The Uninvited – Liz Jensen

  1. I have this on NetGalley, I haven’t gotten to it yet though. It sounds a bit like The Happening crossed with another novel that I can’t think of at the moment, I’m excited to check it out.

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