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
asphyxiating heights. 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
But Gabrielle Fox's 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 a fresh 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 children in 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
she inflicted 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 natural disasters--a claim which Gabrielle interprets as a
symptom of doomsday delusion.
But as Gabrielle delves further into Bethany's psyche, she begins
to note alarming parallels between her patient's 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 brilliant physicist 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 scale never 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
unnerving relationship between the traumatized therapist and her
fascinating, deeply calculating patient. As Bethany's warnings
continue to prove accurate beyond fluke and she begins to offer
scientifically precise hints of 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
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