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The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones

The Uninvited (2009)

by Tim Wynne-Jones

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Mimi Shappiro has had anything but a good year. An affair with an older professor (now turned stalker) in her freshman year has her wanting time to herself to “re-evaluate” (and hide). Her long estranged father offers her the use of his cabin in a remote part of the Canadian wilderness. Mimi jumps at the chance to get away only to discover, upon her arrival, that the cabin is already occupied. Not only that but also she and the occupant have a “familial connection”. Strange circumstances are complicated by strange goings-on. What is it about the cabin that is causing all the turmoil?

This book drew me in quite quickly as I am a sucker for strange happenings in remote locations. Then it became a little disjointed for my taste, but did come together again in a satisfactory ending. It was an okay read.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
good for those who ask for scary books ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
"The Uninvited" by Tim Wynne-Jones was a fast paced mystery/thriller that begged you to keep reading on. The unique circumstances of the main characters helped build some interesting and exciting drama to the plot as the story unfolded. Realistic characters and modern setting in the book serve as an excellent hook for those middle years and high school readers who like a fast paced, edge of your seat book that keeps your attention from cover to cover. ( )
  darryl.bussiere | Sep 19, 2010 |
I have a policy of not reading the "blurb" at the back of books and going for the book like a student would - by front cover and title alone. In this book, The Univited, it paid off as I was drawn in to the isolated Canadian backwoods where Mimi goes to escape a disastrous first year of college. This book is all about the far reaching ramifications of one man( Mimi's father, the wealthy artist Marc Soto)'s actions , and how his past misdeeds cause three lives to intersect with devestating consequences. Although I found the first chapter very confusing (I don't think the characters in Cramer's life were very well introduced), as soon as Mimi enters the scene the book picks up pace and also suspense. Mimi is escaping to a remote, ramshackle house in Canada where she can collect herself after an affair with an obsessed college professor. On arriving at the house, she discovers it occupied by a good looking musician called Jay , who, she discovers (Major plot spoiler alert) is her half brother. Unfortunately, she has left New York from one stalker to land straight in the middle of another stalking as Jay has been finding "gifts" in his locked house and someone has added tracks to his latest music composition. Mimi soon finds she becomes the centre of the stalker's attention when he films her with her own video camera. Slowly, a complex story unravels with Cramer (the watcher) revealing his harrowing life as he tries to care for his deranged artist mother, and Mimi discovering herself and the brother she never knew existed. There are red herrings thrown in through robberies and creepy neighbours and inept police, all set in the quiet, isolated Canadian backwoods. Yes, this IS a Young Adult book and as such there are lighter moments at the height of the tension. (Mimi alludes to the Blair Witch Project at one stage). There are a few weird "oh he's hot; wait, he's my brother, eww" moments and a smattering of swear words but generally speaking it's all more restrained than an adult book.
  nicsreads | Sep 16, 2010 |
Liked it. There were parts that I figured out, but I didn't really see some things that happened coming. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | May 5, 2010 |
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Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU, thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID. So when her artist father, Marc, offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage, she’s glad to hop in her Mini Cooper and drive up north. The house is fairy-tale quaint, and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be, so she’s shocked to fi nd someone already living there — Jay, a young musician, who is equally startled to meet Mimi and immediately accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside: a dead bird, a snakeskin, a cricket sound track embedded in his latest composition. But Mimi has just arrived, so who is responsible? And more alarmingly, what does the intruder want? Part gripping thriller, part family drama, this fast-paced novel plays out in alternating viewpoints, in a pastoral setting that is evocative and eerie — a mysterious character in its own right.

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After a disturbing freshman year at New York University, Mimi is happy to get away to her father's remote Canadian cottage only to discover a stranger living there who has never heard of her or her father and who is convinced that Mimi is responsible for leaving sinister tokens around the property.… (more)

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