The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

Liz Jensen

Told partly by coma specialist Dr Pascal Dannachet as he fights an attraction to Louis's mother, Natalie, and partly by nine-year-old Louis himself from the depths of his coma, this really is a nail-biting suspense story with a very unexpected ending.

Extract

God only knows what Natalie was going through at that point. Maybe just surviving. I can picture how she might simply shut something off inside her, suffocating any urge to introspection. When I imagine her eyes - as I do, in those times when a tidal wave of memory washes through me, stripping my thoughts to the bone - I feel myself crumbling.

Parallels
  • I'm Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti
  • The Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
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Violence
Explicit sexual content