Friday, 19 March 2010

MISC REVIEW: The Rapture - Liz Jensen


In a merciless summer of biblical heat and destructive winds, Gabrielle Fox's main concern is a personal one: to rebuild her career as a psychologist after a shattering car accident. But when she is assigned Bethany Krall, one of the most dangerous teenagers in the country, she begins to fear she has made a terrible mistake. Raised on a diet of evangelistic hellfire, Bethany is violent, delusional, cruelly intuitive and insistent that she can foresee natural disasters - a claim which Gabrielle interprets as a symptom of doomsday delusion. But when catastrophes begin to occur on the very dates Bethany has predicted, and a brilliant, gentle physicist enters the equation, the apocalyptic puzzle intensifies and the stakes multiply. Is the self-proclaimed Nostradamus of the psych ward the ultimate manipulator, or could she be the harbinger of imminent global cataclysm on a scale never seen before? And what can love mean in 'interesting times'? A haunting story of human passion and burning faith set against an adventure of tectonic proportions, "The Rapture" is an electrifying psychological thriller that explores the dark extremes of mankind's self-destruction in a world on the brink.


To be honest, this was a title that attracted myself due to the great blurb on its rear. It promised an unusual tale and one that would be completely different to the usual type of book that I pick up. So after grabbing a brew I sat down and started. What unfurled was a title that promised much and delivered a title that took the reader into a scary future with a touch of the supernatural. It was definitely a title I was pleased that I read and one that I felt worked well up to the final part which seemed to take the plausible to the impossible. A great shame that the author had to take it too far as it ruined, for me, all that careful build up that had gone before.

No comments: