Kepler had never meant to die this way--viciously beaten to death by a stinking vagrant in a dark back alley. But when reaching out to the murderer for salvation in those last dying moments, a sudden switch takes place.
Now Kepler is looking out through the eyes of the killer himself, staring down at a broken and ruined body lying in the dirt of the alley.
Instead of dying Kepler has gained the ability to roam from one body to another, to jump into other people's skin and see through their eyes, live their lives, be it for a few minutes, a few months, or a lifetime.
Kepler means these host bodies no harm and even comes to cherish them intimately, like lovers. But when one host, Josephine Cebula, is brutally assassinated, Kepler embarks on a mission to seek the truth--and avenge Josephine's death.
©2015 Claire North (P)2015 Hachette Audio
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The narrator was amazing and the style of writing was amazing. I hadn't read the author's previous book but may try it now. It's a whirlwind of action and emotion. She's created a race of ethereal beings that could exist. This book could make you paranoid. Not me. My life is way too boring. But you...have you lost any time?
The concept was creative and original. Nicely pointing out the differences of such a person.
The plot started off very novel and entices the listener wonderfully.
The conclusion was a predictable.
Peter Kenny nailed it with an absolutely stellar performance.
I think that this story required a fantastic performance otherwise the book could very easily have been mediocre.
Ms. North - I really enjoy your concepts and viewpoints. I will look for more of your work in the future. Thanks to both you and Mr. Kenny.
The book was wonderful. A great story made even better with the great narration of Peter Kenny! I highly recommend it.
What an amazing concept! Another very interesting premise by Claire North. Lots of jumping, from character to character, some beautiful tragedies, and a stellar performance by Peter Kenny.
Yes. For pure pleasure reading, the author and narrator entertain. I do hope the author goes in a different direction if another book is written. This and TFFLoHA were very similar.
Depends on the book. His style is well suited for this story and this author. I'm not sure how he would do with others, but I would consider it.
No. I don't care for series in general.
I liked this book, but not as well as The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. This felt too similar but just with a twist, so while I enjoyed it, it wasn't different enough for me to rate it more highly. I would recommend this book to someone who likes a good thriller that is unique in well developed characters and plot, but not particularly challenging.
The book is very fast paced and so richly narrated you can almost lose yourself in the who's and where's in here. It may just be my preference, but I found that after a certain point I was more in love with the characters than the premise or plot. By the end of this book I had gotten a good feeling of how this was going to play out. I was disappointed because I wasn't wrong. But by the time I was at the end I was sticking around more for the sake of the characters. Premise, Great. Characters, Great. Plot, Good.
Honestly it was the brilliant writing and the narrator that made this book so good that I kept coming back for more. It WAS confusing in the beginning. I actually had to re-read about 3 chapters because I was completely lost and was almost ready to give up, but once I listened to the 3 chapters again where I got lost, I was back on track and really started settling into the story and enjoying the beautiful descriptions of everything that was happening around the main character.
About half way through, it did....and pretty much all the way to the end. Stick with the confusing beginning, try to pick up what you can, it will make sense in a bit.
Oh I couldn't pick one. Peter Kenny is amazing. The old man's voices, the women, the American accents (New Jorsey!), all were amazing. But I think the performance that absolutely blew me away was the part where Janus and Kepler are fighting over the same body and trying to make their own voices heard. Wow. I felt like I was right there, watching it in person. Such incredible acting talent!
Have you been losing time?
As other have said, the Fifteen Lives of Harry August is definitely a ... happier? book and more satisfying ending, but this book is perfect if you are looking for a great drama. There are some really funny parts as well, when he's trying to get through an airport and bringing someone along with him who doesn't have a passport. I laughed out loud a few times.
I'm a newly found fan of Claire North. Loved her book First Fifteen Lives of Harry August because of the unusual complex story and investigation into its characters.
Touch is a more complicated story than Fifteen Lives. Its about one of a handful of beings that live by jumping from body to body. They start off life in a human form, but something traumatic happens during death, and they jump into someone else. Then they keep jumping until they die in a host.
Following the jumping of the characters was hard to pull off. Its done pretty well here. But it was hard to sympathize or relate with the characters here. The story is more muddled than Fifteen Lives as well.
Worth listening to. Its not perfect. If you like an author thinking outside of the box, & doing it well, this story is for you.
Claire North (aka Catherine Webb) is quickly becoming an author climbing the ranks of my favorites list. She has a unique voice and creates worlds that blend nightmares and wishes into thrilling adventure.
In Touch we meet Kepler our protagonist, a being that moves from body-to-body with just a touch of skin. “Have you been losing time?” A few minuets here or an hour there? Kepler is a Ghost, a near-immortal species that moves from body-to-body, taking over life after life. All the while the host body has no idea anything has happened. One minute they are shanking hands with a stranger the next hours, weeks, months, even years have passed and their life is upside-down.
Kepler is genderless, ageless, and able to take over the body of anyone. Kepler doesn’t choose bodies for money, or fame like some might. No, instead Kepler prefers bodies that don’t have pains and aches. Kepler takes care of his hosts, always leaving them in a better position then when he found them. But the dead body of Josephine Cebula changes everything.
The thing that this book does, maybe unintentionally, is challenge sexuality and gender in a new way. The Ghosts, once probably human, can be any person, gender, race they want. There is also a major theme in the book, LOVE. The love of oneself, love of others.
This is a dark and thought provoking novel, and exquisitely written. If you are a fan of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (and if you’ve not read that, please jump on it) then you’ll enjoy this book as well. It’s a thrilling and unexpected journey with no limits on time or the human race.
I loved this book as much as her other book, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. Like that book, you really have to pay close attention while listening to the story. If your mind strays for a moment, you could easily get lost in the complexities of the story.
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