|About the Book|
An electrifying story of science, faith, love, and self-destruction in a world on the brink.It is a June unlike any other before, with temperatures soaring to asphyxiatingheights. All across the world, freak weather patterns-and the life-shatteringMoreAn electrifying story of science, faith, love, and self-destruction in a world on the brink.It is a June unlike any other before, with temperatures soaring to asphyxiatingheights. All across the world, freak weather patterns-and the life-shattering catastrophes they entail--have become the norm. The twenty-first century has entered a new phase.ButGabrielle Foxs main concern is a personal one: to rebuild her life after a devastating car accident that has left her disconnected from the world, a prisoner of her own guilt and grief. Determined to make afresh start, and shake off memories of her wrecked past, she leaves London for a temporary posting as an art therapist at Oxsmith Adolescent Secure Psychiatric Hospital, home to one hundred of the most dangerous childrenin the country. Among them: the teenage killer Bethany Krall.Despite two years of therapy, Bethany is in no way rehabilitated and remains militantly nonchalant about the bloody, brutal death sheinflicted on her mother. Raised in evangelistic hellfire, the teenager is violent, caustic, unruly, and cruelly intuitive. She is also insistent that her electroshock treatments enable her to foresee naturaldisasters-a claim which Gabrielle interprets as a symptom of doomsday delusion.But as Gabrielle delves further into Bethanys psyche, she begins to note alarming parallels betweenher patients paranoid disaster fantasies and actual incidents of geological and meteorological upheaval-coincidences her professionalism tells her to ignore but that her heart cannot. When a brilliantphysicist enters the equation, the disruptive tension mounts-and the stakes multiply. Is the self-proclaimed Nostradamus of the psych ward the ultimate manipulator or a harbinger of global disaster on a scalenever seen before? Where does science end and faith begin? And what can love mean in interesting times?With gothic intensity, Liz Jensen conjures the increasingly unnervingrelationship between the traumatized therapist and her fascinating, deeply calculating patient. As Bethanys warnings continue to prove accurate beyond fluke and she begins to offer scientifically precise hintsof a final, world-altering cataclysm, Gabrielle is confronted with a series of devastating choices in a world in which belief has become as precious - and as murderous-as life itself.