THE UNINVITED by Tim Wynne-Jones


Age Range: 14 & up


A selfish New York painter fathered three children by different mothers in his reckless youth. Now young adults, the spoiled college coed, the introspective classical composer and the disenfranchised factory worker discover each other when each of them has cause to visit their father’s old studio in rural Canada. As their lives begin to intersect, one of them unknowingly introduces a murderous presence into their midst, an action that will have tragic consequences for them all. While the cover and title of Wynne-Jones’s latest suggests a supernatural mystery, what emerges from the mist is more suspenseful family drama than haunted-house tale. The mystery of how the trio is linked would have been more satisfying had the author not spelled out their connections so plainly. Still, the three separate viewpoints he incorporates are compelling, the climax is truly heart-pounding and the beautifully evoked bucolic setting comes from behind to play a starring role. Older teen readers looking for something akin to Celia Rees’s sensual, brooding The Wish House (2005) will not be disappointed. (Mystery. 14 & up)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3984-6
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2009


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