Quill & Quire
The young people in Tim Wynne-Jones’s new novel are talented, smart twentysomethings, some with more support and privilege – and better teeth – than others. Beautiful Mimi appears to have it all: looks, laptop, a great life in New York City. But she has also made some mistakes, particularly with the prof in her first-year course who has turned stalker. Planning to decompress and maybe write a screenplay about the experience, she arrives at the Ottawa Valley cabin owned by her artist father, only to find the place inhabited. The musician in the bedroom turns out to be a half-brother whose existence her father neglected to mention. And there are other, more threatening presences – more unfinished business from Dad’s “Canada” period. Most teens, if they read at all, tend to read genre fiction: fantasy, chick-lit, sexy vampire books. The Uninvited
is none of these: it is instead the kind of engaging, evocative, nuanced book that has won Wynne-Jones numerous awards. But its dead-on, quirky dialogue and big messy issues should attract a wide readership from Grade 9 up. The story is genuinely scary, as Wynne-Jones evokes both the beauty and the potential violence of country life. Poor Mimi has fled from a stalker she knows to one she can’t even see, and it’s hard to tell if Cramer, a very attractive tech-support guy who also happens to be a neighbour, is a villain or merely a good guy in bad trouble. The most dangerous character of all doesn’t show her true colours until the end. With its dark legacies, intriguing relationships, hidden chambers, forbidden love, and flowing blood, The Uninvited
has all the appeal of a sexy vampire, sans the fangs.
--This text refers to the
About the Author
Tim Wynne-Jones is an award-winning writer of numerous YA novels. He lives in Ontario.