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From the author of 'The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August' comes this year's most electrifying thriller. Read the first seven chapters http://www.orbitbooks.net/touchbook/ 'A work of sparkling originality that works both as mesmerising thriller and exploration of what it means, at the most profound level, to be human' - Alex Marwood 'The high stakes and breakneck pace of the plot will draw readers in, and the meditations on what it means to be human and to be loved will linger long after the last shot is fired' - Kirkus 'As intriguing and breathless as it is brilliantly original . . . Agile, unpredictable, this one will keep you awake at night in the search for answers' - Love Reading 'Triumphant . . . This novel is utterly engaging, addictive, and thought-provoking . . . simply superb' - Civilian Reader
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Book Review: Touch by Claire North - Reviewed by ShelvesGroan (04 Jan 2016)
I thoroughly enjoyed Touch by "Claire North" (pseudonym) The writer's deliciously detailed knowledge of historical times and places is the cream on the cake which is already scrumptiously filled with fast action, poignant and confronting conversations about how one's life is lived and twists and turns that keep the reader excitedly flipping the pages despite promising they'll turn off the light 20 pages beforehand. If you loved "The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August" I reckon you'll find Touch just as appealing, yet different enough to have you explore a whole new set of "what ifs" about time-space and inhabitance of the human mind and soul. The cleverness of the author and their detailed research has me quite impatient for their next book...
Book Review: Touch by Claire North - Reviewed by CloggieA (10 Mar 2015)
“Problem with moving into a new body, you never quite know where it’s been.”
Touch is the second novel by British author, Claire North. The entity known to his/her/its enemies as Kepler has been around for quite some time. And Kepler is not the only entity of this type: a ghost who can move from body to body by touch. Carefully done, this can happen with minimal disruption to lives; of course, long term hosts will find their lives much changed, although Kepler tries to leave them significantly better off. But just as Kepler is settling into a mutually beneficial arrangement with Josephine Cebula, she is shot and killed in a Turkish Metro station, by a gunman who is clearly watching for where Kepler will go next. Who is trying to kill Kepler, and why?
This is a fast-paced thriller that spans over two centuries, and at least three continents. The plot is highly original, taking several turns before reaching a spectacular climax at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. North gives the reader characters who will charm or, in some cases repulse. Their flaws and foibles are realistic and may well have the reader wondering about their own reaction to this sort of immortality. Their dialogue is natural, and the banter between Coyle and Kepler is often snappy and amusing. North gives a whole new meaning to the concept of “estate agent”, and her description of the chase through the museum conjures the image of a Mexican wave. This latest offering by Claire North is clever and often funny, and readers who enjoyed The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August will not be disappointed. Quite brilliant!
With thanks to Hachette and TheReadingRoom for my copy to read and review.
Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author whose debut novel was written when she was just fourteen years old. She is fast establishing herself as one of the most powerful and imaginative voices in modern fiction. Her first book published under the Claire North pen name was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which became a word-of-mouth bestseller and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The follow-up Touch received widespread critical acclaim and was described by the Independent as 'little short of a masterpiece'. Her next novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope won the 2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and her recent book The End of the Day has been shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. In addition to working on her next novel 84K, Claire is also one of three writers contributing to the upcoming Black Mirror book, which ties into Charlie Brooker's award-winning TV series. In between writing, Claire also works as a theatre lighting designer. She lives in London.
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