Tuesday, February 5, 2013

First Chapter First Paragraph - The Uninvited

Title: The Uninvited
Author: Liz Jensen
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (January 8, 2013)
Format: Hardcover; Pgs 320
Genre: Psychological Thriller / Science Fiction

Hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea

Chapter 1

Mass hysterical outbreaks rarely have identifiable inceptions, but the date I recall most vividly is Sunday 16th September, when a young child in butterfly pyjamas slaughtered her grandmother with a nail-gun to the neck. The attack took place in a family living room in a leafy Harrogate cul-de-sac, the kind where no one drops litter and you can still hear birdsong.


A seven-year-old girl puts a nail gun to her grandmother's neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious? As chilling murders by children grip the country, anthropologist Hesketh Lock has his own mystery to solve: a bizarre scandal in the Taiwan timber industry.

Hesketh has never been good at relationships: Asperger's Syndrome has seen to that. But he does have a talent for spotting behavioral patterns and an outsider's fascination with group dynamics. Nothing obvious connects Hesketh's Asian case with the atrocities back home. Or with the increasingly odd behavior of his beloved stepson, Freddy. But when Hesketh's Taiwan contact dies shockingly and more acts of sabotage and child violence sweep the globe, he is forced to acknowledge possibilities that defy the rational principles on which he has staked his life, his career, and, most devastatingly of all, his role as a father. Part psychological thriller, part dystopian nightmare, The Uninvited is a powerful and viscerally unsettling portrait of apocalypse in embryo.


JoAnn said...

I can't decide... the psychological thriller label appeals to me, but I run the other way when I see science fiction or dystopian. Think I'll wait and read your review ;-)

Juli Rahel said...

Omg, this sounds terrifying, but good! I love thriller movies and I really like this opening! Thanks for sharing, here's my Tuesday Post!
Juli @ Universe in Words

Michelles Paranormal Vault Of Books said...

Sounds interesting, I love a good Dystopia book. :)

Here is mine, i have my Teaser Tuesday there too, so there is 2 books with teasers. :)

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