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,
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The story begins as a creepy religious thriller set in a psychiatric facility, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"Why give myself a daily reminder of what I h ...more
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 ...more
The story focuses on a disabled therapist, who has yet to come to terms with living in a wheelchair, and her disturbed pa ...more
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 ...more
The Rapture is more of a literary thriller than a page-turner, as you can tell from its opening paragraph - wh ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
All happens in a near future which is even more unsettled than today and the girl's father is a famous revere ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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I know, I want to tell her. It should have happened to someone really ugly. And then it wouldn't have mattered.”