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Touch is the electrifying new thriller from the author of 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.
About the Author
Claire North is a pseudonym for Catherine Webb, a Carnegie Medal-nominated author whose first book was written when she was just fourteen years old. She went on to write several other novels in various genres, before publishing her first major work as Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, in 2014. It was a critically acclaimed success, receiving rave reviews and an Audie nomination, and was included in the Washington Post's Best Books of the Year list. Her most recent novel, Touch, was also in the Washington Post's Best Books of the Year, in 2015.
"A brilliantly balanced knife's edge of a book - fast-paced and thrilling, it's somehow also languorous, thoughtful, intelligently intimate. Kepler is a thoroughly absorbing and sympathetic anti-hero, trying to minimize harm while striving for survival."—NPR Books on Touch
"Touch is a story within a story within a story and it's 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 on Touch
"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, on Touch
"Seriously I cannot get over how amazingly good Claire North is. I could have read this book forever. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August was so smart, Touch is beyond genius. This will be one of THE books of 2015. Mark my words."—Bite the Book (Australia) on Touch
"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 on Touch
"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 on Touch
"I was totally and utterly gripped, it's just extraordinary. Absolutely mesmerizing."—Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go on Touch
"This novel is utterly engaging, addictive, and thought-provoking. The characters are superbly drawn, their interactions realistic and engaging."—Civilian Reader on Touch
"Fast-paced, imaginative...masterful."—Washington Post on Touch
"Little short of a masterpiece."—Independent (UK) on Touch
"Another thrilling leap into the unknown."—Toronto Sunday Star on Touch
"North's talent shines out."—Sunday Times on Touch