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The Rapture

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Girl, Interrupted meets The Dead Zone in this utterly compelling drama about a paranoia that starts inside one murderously insane teenage girl's head and then grows to encompass the whole world.

With gothic intensity, Liz Jensen conjures the unnerving relationship between Gabrielle, a physically and emotionally damaged therapist, and her patient, sixteen-year-old Bethany,

341 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sep 17, 2014 karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: creepy-children

i don't know what my problem is.

for anyone else, this would probably be a four- or five-star book, and looking through my friends list, it seems to indeed be the case. and i am thrilled, because i love liz jensen and she gets very little play in this country - most of her books are out of print, and the last two didn't even come out in paperback here, so i am holding onto these two sad hardcover copies in the hopes that someone will happen upon them and buy them.

there is so much good in this boo
While The Rapture isn't one of the greatest books I've ever read, it was an excellent read that gave me characters to care about and ideas to think about. While the story wraps up in a shocking manner, the story itself contains enough ambiguity to leave some things up to the reader's experience and interpretation. Because I prefer ambiguity to certitude in literature, this aspect appealed to me very much. I loved how the relationship between Gabrielle, an emotionally and physically paralyzed the ...more
Mar 14, 2011 Vanessa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with trouble falling asleep --- this one will work like a sleeping pill.
I got a copy of this through Amazon Vine, and the only reason why I finished this book is so that I could write a review about the entire thing. I did skim pages in the second half of the book, though, because I don't think I would have made it through otherwise. The subject of natural disaster and climate change is of course very real (just turn on the television these days to see coverage of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan), and could have made for a great eco thriller. However, Ms. Jensen ...more
S K Gillespie
a chapter into Liz Jensen’s latest novel and my mind was reeling and I was wondering what on earth I had gotten myself in for. Unfortunately, the momentum fizzles out about half way and it turns into an amalgam of every disaster/Armageddon movie you’ve ever seen, albeit with more sophisticated language.

The story follows an art therapist, Gabrielle, who is assigned to work with a teenaged girl who has brutally murdered her mother and who believes she can predict the end of the world. In the begin
Sep 14, 2010 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lit-fiction
this is yet another installment of what is becoming a fairly lengthy list of books/authors that i have never heard of that karen has recommended to i've said on goodreads before, she has great literary taste and we obviously like the same kind of books/writng as every single one has been great.and this book is no has everything you could possibly want from a book...beautiful writing,memorable characters and a gripping plot that makes you not want to put the book down.and it's ...more
Jan 07, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit, I have a tendancy to get a little too engrossed in a good book. A powerful story with characters I connect with can actually have a physical impact on me - my stomach churns, my heart races, my palms sweat.

That said, after turning the final page of The Rapture by Liz Jensen, I felt like I had just run a marathon. The book is full of emotion, tension, suspense and well-researched information -- all of the ingredients of a great novel.

The Rapture introduces Gabrielle Fox, a beautiful
Aug 13, 2009 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time piecing together a review for Liz Jensen’s The Rapture, an apocalyptic eco-thriller. Though I found the book hard to put down, I also found aspects of it irritating. The story centers around a therapist, Gabrielle, assigned to treat a young murderess, Bethany, and things begin to get interesting after the patient begins to have alarmingly detailed visions of natural disasters--all of which come true.

The story begins as a creepy religious thriller set in a psychiatric facility,
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Apocalyptic fiction is one of my favourite sub-genres.

Summary: It is the not too distant future and the world has entered a new phase, one where global warming has happened and temperatures, weather and climates are no longer what they used to be. Gabrielle Fox is a wheelchair bound art therapist who has started a new job at a Psychiatric Hospital, home to Britain's most dangerous children and she has been assigned the most dangerous of all, Bethany Krall, who brutally stabb
Stephen Horan
Aug 21, 2009 Stephen Horan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Girl, seemingly troubled in several ways; her strict religious upbringing, her willed yet devastating visions and her lack of family and peer affection.

As you read this, at times you want to love her yet there are times when her vicious tongue makes you want to give her a good slap.

The heroin of the story 'Wheels', is an Art Therapist with the single minded vision to fix the troubled girl. This is poetically achieved as only Liz Jensen can provide.

The Rapture is not about happy endings. It is
Marsena Dufresne
Jan 10, 2010 Marsena Dufresne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine my delight on picking up a psychological/ecological thriller and finding lyrical prose! I appreciate Liz Jensen's ability to turn a phrase, making her book much more than a simple escape. Her main character is compelling, and the way she sees the world is amusing and familiar. She has taken a job working as a therapist for criminally insane children and sitting in her new office, she's deciding whether to put out pictures of her family or not:

"Why give myself a daily reminder of what I h
I'm not one for tales if the apocalypse & the destruction of the world but this, although not without its faults had me gripped. In a nutshell a seriously disturbed girl appears to be able to forsee natural disasters. Psychologist Gabrielle Fox, Frazer "The Physicist" Melville & a band of scientists try to alert the world to an imminent disaster in order to save lives.

This story focuses on the weeks up to an event which would destroy the world as we know it & for me that was a key po
I'm a huge fan of post-apocalyptic, disaster type, end of the world stories. Whether it's nuclear, environmental, plague or aliens, there's something almost cathartic in reading about it. But while this book started off with them same premise, it had one thing different about it - the story isn't about surviving the end of the world - it's about excepting it's going to happen.

The story focuses on a disabled therapist, who has yet to come to terms with living in a wheelchair, and her disturbed pa

Als Gabrielle Fox, gelähmt durch einen Autounfall, wieder in ihren Beruf zurückkehrt, bekommt sie gleich den härtesten Fall in der Klinik: Bethany Krall sieht Naturkatastrophen voraus, ist hochgradig gewalttätig und begrüßt die Elektroschocktherapie, mit der sie behandelt wird.


Hensen müht sich in ihrer Charaktersierung ziemlich ab, um dem Leser irgendwie Wärme entgegen zu bringen. Die Kunsttherapeutin alias Gabrielle Fox alias Roller, wie sie von Bethany netterweise ge
Dani (Pen to Paper)
"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 ...more
Phillip Edwards
Anyone familiar with the work of JG Ballard will see his influence all over this novel - set, as it is, in an ill-at-ease near-future with, as its protagonist, a psychologist disabled following a car crash. On her return to work at a secure psychiatric hospital she finds herself faced with a violent teenage killer who sees visions of future disasters following electroconvulsive therapy.

The Rapture is more of a literary thriller than a page-turner, as you can tell from its opening paragraph - wh
Nov 02, 2010 DubaiReader rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, 2010
Totally gripping.

I was completely engrossed in this book, which I listened to on Audible (unabridged). The book I was supposed to be reading for a book group was only half read by the day of the discussion and I was looking for jobs around the house that I could do with my headphones on!!

Unfortunately a couple of niggling annoyances left it as a 4 1/2 star read. Firstly the constant reference to Frazer Melville rather than Frazer - who uses their whole name all the time? References to him as 'Th
Jul 03, 2015 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the near future, a young disabled psychologist is assigned to look after a genuinely psychotic teenager convicted of killing her evangelical mother. A fairly unpleasant assignment in the best of circumstances, but this girl – Bethany Krall – claims to have visions of the future, and the bizarre thing is they’re all coming true.

Climate change meets faith and religion, meets the end of the world in this horror/sci-fi tale that leans a little more towards John Wyndham than J.G. Ballard in the Br
I am still undecided about this novel - it has a great premise and two great characters - the narrator is a wheelchair bound psychologist after an accident which killed her boyfriend and with lots of issues and secrets of her own - and a teenager who is imprisoned in a high security children ward on the edge of England who killed her mother by stabbing her with a screwdriver tens of times

All happens in a near future which is even more unsettled than today and the girl's father is a famous revere
David Hebblethwaite
I read The Rapture in advance of this week’s TV Book Club; I had no particular expectations of it – and it turned out to be the best book I’ve read so far this year. Certainly, if I’d read it last year, it would have been on my list of favourites for 2009.

A few years in the future, the climate has changed for the worse, and the summer heat is unbearable; religious groups have sprung up, proclaiming that the end times are near. In a town on the south coast of England, psychotherapist Gabrielle Fo
Jun 07, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, research
Don't judge a book by it's badly designed cover! At first glance I was terrified it would be yet another badly written post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel but I was wrong.....

I LOVED this book! I couldn't read it fast enough just so I could find out what happened next. It was exactly the kind of book I like: different but relatable characters, apocalypse story line, gripping, engagingly and captivatingly written, no clichés or secondhand embarrassment...shall I go on?

There was just the right combin
Apr 03, 2010 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and could barely put it down. Intelligently written and interesting subject matter which could have become complicated but didn't. It was woven into the story so well. Interesting theory presentation that a mind can produce acts of God or that can be predicted in an uncanny way. What it ESP or literally electrical/magnetic fields? Interesting theories.
Angie crosby
Oct 24, 2009 Angie crosby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Mar 02, 2014 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was really difficult to rate this book because I did like most bits of the first 80% of this book and then it really went downhill for me.
The story is told by an art therapist who was involved in a car accident that left her wheelchair bound. She manages to get a job (before she is ready) at a psychiatric hospital for troubled teenagers and meets Bethany Krall a sixteen year old who killed her own mother.
Bethany claims to be able to predict natural disasters and after some time Gabrielle (the
This dystopian thriller is set in the very near future in a world where climate change affects everyday life and where major wars are raging in the middle east.

It is also a time when christian religious fundamentalism has taken a hold on a significant proportion of the popular imagination. The zealots are preparing for the end of the world and the Rapture, when god will swoop down and take all true christian believers out of the maelstrom to come. This is a world that has gone completely and utt
Mary Gilligan-Nolan
This was a very interesting read, a story that could so easily be a future reality and in that sense, it is quite terrifying. The premise is, a psychologist called Gabrielle Fox, who has just returned to work on a six month contract after a car crash that left her paralyzed from the waist down, is assigned the case of a sixteen year old girl Bethany, who killed her mother with a screwdriver, some two years before. The strange thing about Bethany is, that she is given regular bouts of E.C.T. (sho ...more
Jul 28, 2009 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
When I was in middle school, we lived in Dallas, Texas. One of the things I remember vividly from living there was a huge billboard of what Dallas will be like at The Rapture. A huge Jesus towers over the skyline & souls are wafted to heaven from the cars moving along through the rush hour freeway traffic. To be honest I went back & forth about requesting this book for review because the title led me to believe it might be like that billboard & that's just not my thing. Turns out, it ...more
Jan 01, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"From the opening paragraph, I was instantaneously sucked into Liz Jenson's not-so-future world. The entire book is both fascinating and terrifying. Gabrielle's personal tragedy is horrific, and the reader struggles through her emotional swings along with her. Having literally lost almost everything and having had to start her life anew, Gabrielle is so emotionally and physically fragile that a reader feels compelled to protect her. Bethany, even though wild, crass, rude, and insane, also evokes ...more
Eloise Kindred
Nov 19, 2013 Eloise Kindred rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Rapture is supposed to be the story of a teenage girl, Bethany Krall, who is locked up in a mental institution after murdering her mother and who seemingly receives apocalyptic visions of the future. It was this concept that attracted me to the book. However, the story is told from the point of view of Bethany's therapist, Gabrielle who just happens to be paralysed from the waist down after a car accident and most of the narrative is taken up with bitter ravings and back story that are total ...more
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Billy Young
Apr 16, 2010 Billy Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The signs of impending doom are evident from the beginning of this tale, a heat wave, war in the Middle East, earthquakes and storms. Though as the book unfolds you begin to wonder is this the end or is there more to it. Gabrielle fox returning to work after two years absence after a devastating accident that left her in a wheelchair for life so is faced with the possibility that a mental patient in her care may be able to foretell the coming of the end of man. Told in the first person you do ge ...more
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Liz Jensen was born in Oxfordshire, the daughter of a Danish father and an Anglo-Moroccan mother. She spent two years as a journalist in the Far East before joining the BBC, first as a journalist, then as a TV and radio producer. She then moved to France where she worked as a sculptor began her first novel, Egg Dancing, which was published in 1995. Back in London she wrote Ark Baby (1998) which wa ...more
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