14 March, 2016

Touch by Claire North

Touch by Claire North is a thrilling and unexpected journey through time and people. It starts with a murder in a crowded train station and  just keeps running at full speed. Kepler is dying in her/his latest body Josephine, by a man who is clearly aware of Kepler’s nature and unique abilities. Kepler jumps bodies in pursuit of the mysterious killer hoping to get answers, and ends up wearing the killer’s body itself.

This is a book about the experience of walking in another’s skins. One touch of the flesh, and Kepler can assume a host’s identity – their bodies, their time, their lives. Once, Kepler had a name and a body – but at the point of violent death so many centuries ago on the streets of London, Kepler found he/she is one of the few souls who is able to transfer into the bodies of others. 

The plot is inventive and original. Someone or some organization has been hunting down and destroying the Ghosts, and Kepler is determined to find the truth and avenge her/his beloved Josephine.  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. North gives a whole new meaning to the concept of “estate agent".

Imaginative and entertaining, Touch has everything I like in a book, likeable characters, humorous dialogue as well as fast paced action and excellent writing.  Lots of fun!

Title: Touch
Author: Claire North

Recommended by Anita S, Blockhouse Bay Library

Anita S reads widely and eclectically, but most often random non-fiction fact books, good general and teen fiction, (often dystopian future types), fantasy and sci-fi if they cover a new angle on something, kids books and... actually she'll take a look at most stuff. Books are great! She also loves art and illustration.

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