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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

What an unexpected ride! Originally published on Bookluvrs Have

What an unexpected ride!

Originally published on Bookluvrs Haven.

Though I am not one that usually judges books by their covers, I do admit that this one caught my eye on NetGalley. It's very simple, yet there is something so undeniably creepy about a child that has t...
What an unexpected ride!

Originally published on Bookluvrs Haven.

Though I am not one that usually judges books by their covers, I do admit that this one caught my eye on NetGalley. It's very simple, yet there is something so undeniably creepy about a child that has that look. A look of evil intent, one could say, and deadly calculation. There is no denying that this novel in its entirety was also meticulously calculated.

I was very excited to begin this read and though I have quite a few that were ahead on my list, I couldn't resist it.

I had some conflicting thoughts as I read through the first half of this book. The incidents of the child killings is what fascinated me the most about the blurb of this novel, yet as the incidents happened in real time, they seemed to be an afterthought as our main character carried on with his investigations into corporate incidents. They were almost dismissed as strange anomalies of little significance, with most of the focus on Hesketh's strange behaviour, fascinations and thoughts. And I did begin to get a little frustrated, even though the corporate incidents were in themselves intriguing with dark elements that I knew were going to be meaningful in this novel.

Needless to say, I am very glad that I stuck this story out. The child attacks begin to become so frequent that they can no longer be denied, and Hesketh begins to form a theory that every investigation of sabotage that he has been involved in, and these strange killings by children are connected. Once his stepson, Freddy, who he is very attached to, begins to behave strangely, I was pulled in and invested 100%.

And it is in this last half of the novel, once it all starts to unravel for our main character, that all the preparation of the first half of the novel becomes crystal clear to me and very much appreciated. Because Hesketh is not your typical 'normal' human being. He has a condition where his behaviour patterns are very different, his reactions to tragedy and violence are not quite the 'norm'. It was at that moment that I was totally appreciative of the, what seemed almost tedious and repetitive, insights into Hesketh, the man. Without it, I would not have fully understood Hesketh's actions once the world began to change. A world where the children that lived in it became strangers and monsters to their loving families, a danger to the world that had been so familiar to the adults inhabiting it. The rules, all of a sudden, change dramatically, and so do the players.

** Arc received from publisher through Netgalley for review **

posted by Lily_F on January 11, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Provocative Concept Fizzles in the End

What begins and builds as a haunting, eerie global scare unfortunately ends with a preachy wimper.

posted by 406486 on March 8, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Bizarre...but definitely kept my attention!

    The Uninvited wasn't quite what I expected but it kept my attention and never did I want to put it down or quit reading it. I enjoyed the persepective of the narrator, a gentleman afflicted with Asperger's Syndrome. His seemingly detached and analytical way he looked at the bizarre and unreal things happening around him was a nice counter balance. I think this would be a very interesting read for a book club discussion.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

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    THE UNINVITED by Liz Jensen is difficult to put into a niche. It

    THE UNINVITED by Liz Jensen is difficult to put into a niche. It's a distopian and psychological thriller, involving all types of evil that people embrace in their religious and societal beliefs: restless spirits of ancestors, trolls, jinns.

    Children are going seemingly mad and doing evil things. Adults are sabotaging their own projects. When they realize what they've done, they commit suicide. The suicides are taking place globally and before each occurs, the victim complains of one of the evil things possessing him

    Enter Hezketh Lock, an anthropologist who is able to see patterns when nobody else can. He's called upon to try to decide exactly what's happening.

    This is a good read, spooky and suspenseful. Hezketh's findings will surprise you.

    I had planned to give it four stars, but I had to throw that last one in because of the wonderful character development of Hezketh.

    Hezketh Lock has Asperger's Syndrome. When concentrating, he does origami ... very difficult forms. When he can't bring out the paper, he does the origami mentally.
    I adored this character.

    This is my first Liz Jensen book. It won't be my last.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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