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Book At Bedtime: The Rapture 27-07-2009 - 07-08-2009
Denise Black reads from Liz Jensen's eco-thriller.
In a merciless summer of biblical heat and destructive winds, Gabrielle Fox's main concern is a personal one: to rebuild her career as a psychologist after a shattering car accident.
But when she is assigned Bethany Krall, one of the most dangerous teenagers in the country, she begins to fear she has made a terrible mistake.
Raised on a diet of evangelistic hellfire, Bethany is violent, delusional, cruelly intuitive and insistent that she can foresee natural disasters – a claim which Gabrielle interprets as a symptom of "doomsday delusion".
But when catastrophes begin to occur on the very dates Bethany has predicted, and a brilliant, gentle physicist enters the equation, the apocalyptic puzzle intensifies and the stakes multiply.
The Rapture is a psychological thriller that explores the dark extremes of mankind's self-destruction in a world on the brink, it is written by Liz Jensen.
Reviews of the book
A masterclass on how to write an engaging thriller about a relevant contemporary issue while still respecting the reader's brain cells... you'll be gripped. --Irvine Welsh, The Guardian
Compelling... Jensen writes with energy and chutzpah about the scarily possible... electric and elegiac. --The Independent
1/10 - In a world on the brink of destruction, Gabrielle Fox arrives at an adolescent secure pyschiatric hospital, where a new patient is assigned to her. Sixteen-year-old Bethany Krall has committed an appalling crime and seems to know more about her new therapist that she ought to.
2/10 - Bethany Krall, a troubled psychiatric patient, appears to possess prophetic powers brought on by electro-therapy and terrible nightmares. Her therapist Gabrielle Fox seeks advice from a scientist she meets at a charity ball.
3/10 - Gabrielle and physicist Frazer Melville begin an affair, and Gabrielle's unsettling patient Bethany makes an accurate prediction concerning a natural disaster.
4/10 - Bethany predicts a powerful earthquake in Turkey, and Gabrielle has a disturbing encounter with her predecessor at the psychiatric hospital.
5/10 - Gabrielle confronts Leonard Krall, Bethany's father. Bethany's predictions are turning out to be disturbingly and destructively accurate.
6/10 - Gabrielle discovers the truth about her predecessor on Bethany's case, but Bethany has disappeared from hospital.
7/10 - Gabrielle meets Bethany's kidnappers and discovers why they are concerned about her disturbing premonitions.
8/10 - In order to exploit her prophetic powers, Gabrielle is forced to give Bethany ECT, with dire consequences.
9/10 - Bethany finally describes the circumstances of the murder she committed, while desperate efforts are made to avert the catastrophe she has predicted.
10/10 - The day of tribulation has come. Gabrielle and Frazer drive Bethany to a rendezvous to try to escape the catastrophe, but their plans are hijacked.
Abridged by Fiona McAlpine
Producer Clive Brill
Type : mpeg 1 layer III
Bitrate : 128
Mode : stereo
Frequency : 44100 Hz
Length : 02:16:44
Encoder : Lame 3.97
Source : iPlayer
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