A spellbinding tale about what the human heart can inflict and the mind endure Nine-year-old Louis Drax is a problem child: bright, precocious, deceitful, and dangerously, disturbingly, accident prone. When he falls off a cliff into a ravine, the accident seems almost predestined. Louis miraculously survives - but the family has been shattered. Louis' father has vanished, his mother is paralysed by shock, and Louis lies in a deep coma from which he may never emerge. In a clinic in Provence, Dr Pascal Dannachet tries to coax Louis back to consciousness. But the boy defies medical logic, startling Dannachet out of his safe preconceptions, and drawing him inexorably into the dark heart of Louis' buried world. Only Louis holds the key to the mystery surrounding his fall - and he can't communicate. Or can he?
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A remarkable suspense novel: tart, mysterious and wrenching Anthony Minghella, Academy Award-winning director This is a wonderfully unsettling psychological thriller ... An oddly beautiful journey into the darkest corners of the human soul Mail on Sunday A gripping psychological thriller with a gothic flavour ... unputdownable ... The Ninth Life of Louis Drax contains many heart-stopping moments where the tension is cranked up almost to breaking point Daily Telegraph A magnetic read that will delight and disturb Daily Mail Emotionally compelling, morally fascinating ... breathtaking Independent on Sunday A dramatic, suspenseful bestseller ... Demands to be finished in one sitting Observer Shocking, moving and beautifully written, The Ninth Life Of Louis Drax is an extraordinary novel about family mystery and medical marvels Image
Liz Jensen is the bestselling author of seven acclaimed novels, including the Guardian-shortlisted Ark Baby, War Crimes for the Home, The Rapture, shortlisted for the Brit Award and selected as a Channel 4 TV Book Club Best Read, and , most recently The Uninvited. She has been nominated three times for the Orange Prize for Fiction and her work has been published in more than twenty countries. Liz Jensen lives in Wimbledon, London.