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Title:
Touch
Author:
North, Claire, author.
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Edition:
First US edition
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Redhook, 2015.
Physical Description:
426 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"He tried to take my life. Instead I took his. It was a long time ago. I remember it was dark, and I didn't see my killer until it was too late. As I died, my hand touched his. That's when the first switch took place. Suddenly, I was looking through the eyes of my killer, and I was watching myself die. Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone. Some people touch lives. Others take them. I do both"--Jacket.
General Note:
Originally published in Great Britain by 2015 by Little, Brown.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780316335928
Format :
Book

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Touch is the electrifying new thriller from the author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August .

He tried to take my life. Instead, I took his.
It was a long time ago. I remember it was dark, and I didn't see my killer until it was too late. As I died, my hand touched his. That's when the first switch took place.
Suddenly, I was looking through the eyes of my killer, and I was watching myself die.
Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone.
Some people touch lives. Others take them. I do both.


Author Notes

Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author whose first book was written when she was just fourteen years old. She went on to write several other novels in various genres, before publishing her first major work as Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August , in 2014. It was a critically acclaimed success, receiving rave reviews and an Audie nomination, and was included in the Washington Post 's Best Books of the Year list. Her most recent novel, Touch , was also in the Washington Post 's Best Books of the Year, in 2015.


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Booklist Review

*Starred Review* For readers who were wondering what North could possibly do to follow up the magnificent The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (2014), here's your answer: not a sequel to that mind-bending novel but something just as memorable. It's tricky to describe the book, partly because we don't even know the gender or real name of its narrator, but try this: there are, in the world, people who inhabit other people's bodies, who can move between bodies merely by touching them. These people call themselves ghosts, call the bodies they inhabit skins; these people are dead but not dead, their new form of existence was triggered by a violent event that kills their original bodies and sends their let's call them souls into another body. Kepler, the novel's narrator, is looking for revenge on the people who killed a woman whose body Kepler inhabited for a time; Kepler discovers that there is a group of people who have dedicated themselves to eradicating the world of people like Kepler a mission that involves, naturally, killing the ghosts' corporeal hosts. It's a hugely imaginative story, with some seriously out-there elements (for a period, Kepler is actually wearing the body of a man who tried to kill Kepler), the kind of book you sort of sit there and just think about for awhile after you've finished reading it, processing it, wrapping your head around it. The pseudonymous author's real name wasn't known when Harry August was published, but she has since revealed herself to be Catherine Webb, author of the Horatio Lyle YA historical-adventure series and, under the name of Kate Griffin, several fantasy novels for adult readers. We can't wait to see what Claire North comes up with next.--Pitt, David Copyright 2015 Booklist