30.3.10

Book Review: The Rapture by Liz Jensen


The lovely people at Bloomsbury sent me a copy of The Rapture by Liz Jensen and I really liked the sound of it:
In a merciless summer of Biblical heat and destructive winds, Gabrielle Fox's main concern is to rebuild her career as a psychologist after a shattering car accident. But when she is assigned Bethany Krall- violent, delusional and insistent that she can foresee natural disasters- she begins to fear she has made a terrible mistake. When catastrophes begin to occur on the very dates Bethany has predicted, the apocalyptic puzzle intensifies and the stakes multiply.
A haunting story of human passion and burning faith, The Rapture is an electrifying psychological thriller that explores the dark extremes of mankind's self-destruction in a world on the brink.

Liz Jensen brings together three very big and complex ideas in this book, psychiatry, evangelical religion and the devastation being caused to the Earth by global warming.
This is a book you have to concentrate on and follow carefully but if anything this just makes you even more engaged in the story. Secrets and misconceptions are littered throughout the book and Liz Jensen keeps the reader guessing about the true nature and motives of nearly all the characters.
Bethany Krall is an intriguing creation; she is only a young girl but she has a terrifying past which Gabrielle Fox is called in to unlock. You can feel Bethany's desperation, she is under the control of these people yet she has to try and make them believe something entirely unbelievable for their sake as well as her own.
A psychological thriller with global warming at it's centre is so relevant to the times we are living in. It is an impending disaster that most of us choose to ignore yet Liz Jensen does not allow you to turn a blind eye in this book.
The Rapture is a fast paced, edgy thriller that I would very much recommend, it is one that certainly leaves you with a lot to think about.

7 comments:

verity said...

I've heard a lot about this one and really should give it a go - I've not always liked Liz Jensen so I guess that is putting me off a bit. Glad you enjoyed it!

Dot said...

Verity- It is the first of hers that I have read but I thought that the idea behin dit was excellent!

Savidge Reads said...

I have this on the TBR and I am really, really looking forward to reading it, am planning on reading it in the summer I think.

Dot said...

Simon- Summer would be a very good time to read this one. Haven't read anything by Liz Jensen before but I shall be looking out for more.

farmlanebooks said...

I have a copy of this one - it does sound wonderful. Hopefully I'll get to it soon.

Dot said...

farmlanebooks- Hope that you enjoy it, quite different from other thrillers that I have read.

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