Title: The Uninvited
Author: Liz Jensen
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Rating: 4 out of 5
Hesketh Lock is an anthropologist studying a string of corporate sabotage. The events are in different places and are seemingly unrelated, except there are certain aspects that make Hesketh believe that, in fact, there is something larger going on. When children start committing random and horrific acts of violence, Hesketh wonders how all of this might be related and whether the world is changing around him irrevocably.
The Uninvited is a twisty psychological thriller about frightening, unexplainable occurrences that shake the very foundations of our world. Hesketh tries to make rational connections between all the strange events that are occurring, but it’s difficult. What is happening defies any reasonable explanation; it’s very disturbing to read about, as it’s the stuff of nightmares. As things devolve, the world makes less and less sense, as Hesketh continues to search for some sort of reasoning behind what is happening all around him.
What makes this even more difficult for Hesketh than the average person in The Uninvited is that he has Asperger’s. As a result, Hesketh is great at his job because he can focus on the facts, rather than the emotion, surrounding a case. On the flip side, though, he’s unable to factor in nonrational explanations for what’s happening. There’s a spiritual, almost supernatural side to this novel, and Hesketh has trouble reconciling that with the world he knows and trusts.
Jensen does an incredible job portraying a man with Asperger’s in The Uninvited. The reader sees the world through his eyes; it’s so interesting to see how he views relationships. He needs other people, yet in many ways he doesn’t know how to relate to them. He’s not the easiest character to understand, yet it’s fascinating to see what he sees, to experience what he experiences. It certainly makes for a unique viewpoint and reading experience.
Though The Uninvited takes some time to get going, it builds into a gripping novel. It starts out slow; Jensen takes her time building her storyline. This is not a novel of easy, clean cut answers. Instead, it’s a contemplative novel about motivations and our existence. Some readers may not love the final result, but it’s certainly creative. It’s a great pick if you’re in the mood for something new and different; this disturbing novel will certainly leave your brain churning long after the last pages are turned.