The Uninvited

The Uninvited

A Novel

Book - 2013
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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.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781608199921
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Jen


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Nov 29, 2014

i regret reading it.
it was totally like M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening" but a book; utterly predictable, boring, and the final "twist" is achingly stupid.

ValleyViewLibrarians Apr 10, 2014

I put this down about six months ago but it's been nagging at me ever since, so I decided to crack it open again and see how things end. Intriguing characters, an unusual premise and very creepy. Jensen has a knack for creating scenes that are as vivid as they are deeply unsettling and she expertly utilizes a distinct narrator and gradual revelation of clues to build high tension. Not my usual fare but this was a highly engaging and unique story.


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