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The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  4,787 ratings  ·  558 reviews
Louis Drax is a boy like no other. He is brilliant and strange, and every year something violent seems to happen to him. On his ninth birthday, Louis goes on a picnic with his parents and falls off a cliff. The details are shrouded in mystery. Louis's mother is shell-shocked; his father has vanished. And after some confusion Louis himself, miraculously alive but deep in a ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 10th 2006 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2004)
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Aug 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all but psychopathic picnickers
Recommended to Mark by: my friend Eunice
The opening line draws you in on the instant

' I'm not most kids. I'm Louis Drax. Stuff happens to me that shouldn't happen, like going on a picnic where you drown '

Such an opening could, I suppose, head off in a number of different directions. Downwards to cliched cleverness, upwards to bizarre stratospheric confusion, meander around the foothills in which wood and trees get totally indistinguishable or settle into a mixture of all three and from that melee produce a really fascinating
Dannii Elle
My shallow self was immediately sold by the captivating cover! Upon learning this was being adapted into a film, my interest was even further piqued. However, this ended up becoming a puzzling yet ultimately forgettable read, for me.

Nine-year-old Louis Drax is so accident prone that he should be dead nine times over! He has continued to baffle doctors and scientists with his unfailing will to live, despite the accidents and mishaps that have plagued his young life. The story commences upon his
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kim by: karen brissette
Shelves: contemporary, mmx

Books are the bestest gifts.

Really. Just a few months ago I gave away my top five books to five people who have been vital to my physical and mental health during the last year. I made them take turns reading them and the reviews that I wrote of them. Did I care if they really liked them? Sort of. Did I make them read them all? You betcha. Why? Because, duh, its all about me.

I believe (all mine) that there are only a few reasons to give books:

1. You want the person to see what you loved about
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lit-fiction
liz jensen has got to be the most imaginative writer ever. this is the third book by her that i've read in the last couple of weeks and none of them are remotely like the others.her writing is uniformly beautiful and her plots are unbelievably gripping.i read this book in one sitting,pausing only once to dash to the kitchen to get a is that unputdownable.i'm not going to say a damn thing about the plot, you're just going to have to get the book and read won't be sorry.
This is a weird book, I had it in my TBR because of a goodreads's recommendation but I have 1000+ books in it and I forgot it until Yesterday that I saw that a trailer for the movie came out (I didn't watch it then), and I went and read the synopsis and got this urge to read it, and so I did. I read this in two days, that's very rare for me, I'm not a fast reader and I usually read more than one book at a time, so this means I was really invested in the story, I just couldn't stop reading it.

May 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: whatthehell
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Michelle Teoh
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my God. Spent the whole day reading this and oh my God.

The reason I'd bought this book in the first place was because it was ridiculously cheap, at a Popular books clearance sale. I hadn't thought much of the book, since I've never heard of the title and the author before. Books which I buy without actually wanting to buy them are books that are normally left on my shelf for a long time until I go through my booklist.

But this was different, and after finishing The Fault In Our Stars, I
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Having read my first Liz Jensen (The Uninvited) recently, I expected The Ninth Life of Louis Drax to be equally difficult to categorize. It is definitely original, but more conventional in regard to the story than I anticipated. The answer to the mystery of why a nine-year-old boy is lying in a coma is just a matter of connecting the dots. I did that early on, but figured Jensen would turn everything upside down and present me with a totally unexpected mind-bending alternative. When she didn't, ...more
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lit
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Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-circle-2017
4.5* Loved this my third book by Liz Jensen and one that's been on my shelf ages (why?) Couldn't put it down, loved the style of writing and the characters including little Louis. You could see where it was going but it was still a great story.
★MC's Corner★
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
the boy came back to life, two hours after being pronounced officially dead.

Im never been a fan of this genre in a book. I mean NEVER.
Not until I was reading my Glamour Magazine. Theres an interview there, of Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) and theres a On Their Future thingy and Jamie answered Im filming The
9th Life of Louis Drax. So yeah! I got curious and I found out its based on a book *grin*
(Glamour 2015 Pg. 275)

It was so good! Few days after I finished reading
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, english
I honestly don't know what to think of this book. The premise is good, really good, it has the potential to be epic. But the story feels rushed, the relationships between characters aren't built well enough for us to be sympathetic toward them, especially between Natalie and Pascal. Add to that, the "solution" of the mystery is obvious from the beginning, but I think the author was being transparent on purpose. She wanted us to know, maybe to make us feel smart that we "solved" the mystery ...more
monica ♪
Aug 28, 2014 marked it as to-read
I don't really read this kind of book, but Jamie Dornan will play as the doctor so I wanna give it a try! LOL


Sep 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Read this. It was awesome. A little boy gets hurt and ends up in a coma... this book is about what happens to him, his doctors and his family while he's 'under'. A little bit bizarre, and of course, that's what makes it fun.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book kept me at the edge of my seat. It reminded me some of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects with the dark and sinister tone of the book. However I have to say once I figured out what was happening I was a little let down. I was hoping for something more.
I came to this book in a rather roundabout way. I've been on a kick of renting DVDs from my library, and each movie has several previews featured, which are usually "my" kind of movies. I saw a trailer for The 9th Life of Louis Drax, and when I saw it was based on a book, I had to read it. I'm ever so glad I did.

Louis Drax is a very strange boy, one who is very accident-prone, and who seems to be on his eighth life, like a cat. He's bullied at school, called Wacko Boy, and his parents, who are
Emily Timbol
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
This was one of those books with a lot of characters I couldn't stand, who did things I was constantly rolling my eyes at. I often thought about quitting the book because the main characters were so frustrating. The doctor, Pascal, was supposed to be sympathetic but instead just came across as a complete idiot, especially when it comes to women. The title character Louis wasn't exactly sympathetic hisself, but still interesting enough to want to delve deeper into. Louis Drax's mother was awful ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Ninth Life of Louis Drax' is the story of nine year old Louis Drax, a boy who is accident prone and believes he is living his ninth life after losing the previous eight (due to his accidents). Louis is very intelligent, precocious and deceitful (for reasons you will find out).

Following a tragic accident when Louis falls into a ravine, at the time he and his parents were enjoying a picnic when the accident occurred, now his father is missing, his mother is in shock and Louis is in a coma.
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading The Rapture I was expecting something along similar lines but was pleasantly surprised that it was quite different. It was well written, with nothing suerfluous at all, pretty fast paced and uncomplicated. Loved the story, loved the twists, could have been explored in much more depth but I think it would have spoiled the sense of the book. A delight
Hannah Rae
I managed to read this book quite quickly! However, I feel that this book is split in terms of how many stars I would give it.

The first half of the book I didn't like, I found it too slow, too much 'world building' - it didn't grab me. But I began to gain interest in the Doctor's chapters and then it quickly drew me into wanting to know more about Louis and his weird case.

The latter half of the book is five stars. The action, the intensity of the characters, the story and the pace was
Shasni Bala
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNF- I am struggling to write a review for this book because I just don't know what to think.

"I'm not most kids. I'm Louid Drax. Stuff happens to me that shouldn't happen, like going on a picnic where you drown"

Intriguing isn't it?
That's how the book started and I was really into it at the beginning, trust me I try to like this book but I don't find myself connected to the characters, I feel like its all over the place. I don't find myself enthusiasts enough to continue reading. Maybe its not
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a good read even though Im not sure that the supernatural element completely works. The ending is a little bit too neat but it touches on some interesting concepts. ...more
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I didn't read anything by Liz Jensen before, though I heard quite some stuff about her recently published The Rapture. Now that I have read this one, The Rapture is launched straight to the top of my wishlist.

Louis Drax is an accident-prone nine year old boy from Lyon. Strange things happen to him; he is obsessed with death, strange animals, poisons and raping. Mysteries are built around his young life. After having eight close-to-death experiences, one for each year of his life, the ninth
Thasvini Muraly
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Hello, Young Sir, he says. Welcome to your ninth life"
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you like Chuck Palahniuk's style, you should definitely give Liz Jensen a try. In this book, there are two narrators, each with a really distinctive voice. Louis is a disturbed 9-year-old boy who has fallen (or was he pushed?) off a cliff on his 9th birthday while on a picnic with his estranged parents. His father goes missing the same afternoon and Louis dies, but comes back to life and introduces himself to the reader while in a coma. He also likes to tack explanatory phrases onto the ends ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
The first few chapters took some patience as most novels do. But once you are able to understand the cadence of how Miss. Jensen relays her message through T9LOLD , you will not be able to put this book down. If you have any interest in psychology this book is a must read and you've heard it from Earl this is indeed a 'Goodread' .
Denise Gilkeson
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!!! First book by this author, I bought it as it is an upcoming film. I never thought I would enjoy it so much as I initially thought it a bit strange in the 1st chapter but after that it just got better and better. It was atmospheric, mysterious and unique and kept me guessing throughout. Everything came together nicely in the end. Brilliant storyline, well written and I thoroughly recommend it!
Dec 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
I rarely bail out of a book, but I couldn't keep going with this. Dull story trying to be a whodunnit with a sci-fi twist in there. When the answer to whodunnit is "who the hell cares?" then it's time to move on.
Melanie Pena
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing!! When and if you read it, it will totally change the way you see and think about things. While reading this book you cannot simply read it, you must also think about it. I completely and 100% recommend this book.
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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 ...more

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