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The electrifying new thriller from the ingenious voice that brought you 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.
One of the cleverest, most compelling books I've read in a long time. The intoxicating voice, ingenious premise and intricate plot will have readers clamouring for a copy. Touch has bestseller written all over it and Claire North is one hell of a writer - C. L. Taylor, author of THE ACCIDENT
A work of sparkling originality that works both as mesmerising thriller and exploration of what it means, at the most profound level, to be human - Alex Marwood, author of THE WICKED GIRLS
Touch is fast, smart, cinematic and with a cracking central idea. This is absolutely destined to be one of the biggest thrillers of 2015 . . . A very, very impressive second outing - Rick O'Shea, radio presenter
A dark thriller that asks readers to imagine whom they would be if they could be anyone . . . The high stakes and breakneck pace of the plot will draw readers in, and the meditations on what it means to be human and to be loved will linger long after the last shot is fired - KIRKUS
North's talent shines out - SUNDAY TIMES
I am left staggered into an awed slow-clap at everything North has accomplished here. Touch is touching, horrifying, magnificent; step into it, and it will step into you. - NPR
A masterful literary thriller
Poignant and intensely gripping - GUARDIAN
The writing is impeccable
Touch is little short of a masterpiece . . . both a thought-provoking literary treatise on what makes us human, and a genre-thriller that rattles on at a breakneck pace. Excellent. - INDEPENDENT
The quality of the writing and the dazzlingly imaginative heart of this exciting book will...keep readers absolutely hooked to the dramatic conclusion - SUNDAY MIRROR
A brave, genre-defying novel, which is mind-blowing in its originality and bold concept . . . Stunning!
Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author whose debut novel was written when she was just fourteen years old. She is fast establishing herself as one of the most powerful and imaginative voices in modern fiction. Her first book published under the Claire North pen name was The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which became a word-of-mouth bestseller and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The follow-up Touch received widespread critical acclaim and was described by the Independent as 'little short of a masterpiece'. Her next novel The Sudden Appearance of Hope won the 2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and her recent book The End of the Day has been shortlisted for the 2017 Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year Award. In addition to working on her next novel 84K, Claire is also one of three writers contributing to the upcoming Black Mirror book, which ties into Charlie Brooker's award-winning TV series. In between writing, Claire also works as a theatre lighting designer. She lives in London.