By Seth Patrick
(Thomas Dunne Books, Hardcover, 9781250021700, 416pp.)
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
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CSI meets The Sixth Sense in this compelling horror/thriller that has already been optioned by the producers of The Dark Knight Returns!
Revivers. Able to wake the recently dead, and let them bear witness to their own demise. Twelve years after the first reviver came to light, they have become accepted by an uneasy public. The testimony of the dead is permitted in courtrooms across the world. Forensic revival is a routine part of police investigation.
In the United States, that responsibility falls to the Forensic Revival Service. Despite his troubled past, Jonah Miller is one of their best. But while reviving the victim of a brutal murder, he encounters a terrifying presence. Something is watching. Waiting. His superiors tell him it was only in his mind, a product of stress. Jonah isn’t so certain.
Then Daniel Harker, the first journalist to bring revival to public attention, is murdered, and Jonah finds himself getting dragged into the hunt for answers. Working with Harker's daughter Annabel, he becomes determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice. Soon they uncover long-hidden truths that call into doubt everything Jonah stands for, and reveal a threat that if not stopped in time, will put all of humanity in danger . . .
SETH PATRICK was born in Northern Ireland. An Oxford mathematics graduate, he works as a programmer in an award-winning game company. He lives in England with his wife and two young children. Reviver is his first novel.
Featured by The Sunday Times (UK), Reviver has been selected as one of 2013's most exciting new releases by Stylist (UK)!
"(A) gripping conspiracy thriller."
“Supernatural thrillers don’t get much better than British author Patrick’s assured debut, the first in a trilogy…Patrick has carefully thought through the implications of this phenomenon, including religious objections and insurance issues, and maintains the suspense throughout.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This is a gutsy book…Jonah himself [is] a lead character who has what it takes to anchor a genre-bending series. An interesting debut.”
"A skillfully plotted and compulsively readable supernatural thriller"
“The first of what promises to be a terrific trilogy. A superbly fleshed-out cast of characters, including Jonah’s amiable friend and revivalist technician Never Geary, add ballast to a story which gives us some brilliantly spooky moments, melds crime and the paranormal in a cracking, page-turning thriller and asks serious moral questions about the exploitation of the bereaved. An impressive, intelligent and exciting debut.”
—Lancashire Evening Post
—Neal Asher, International bestselling author of The Departure
"A thrilling high-concept book that crosses numerous genres. Chilling and emotional in all the right places"
—Mark Charan Newton, author of the Legends of the Red Sun series
“A brilliant, original and very scary concept - which Seth Patrick carries off with chilling aplomb.”
—Peter James, author of the Detective Superintendent Roy Grace series
“A highly original story skilfully told, a thriller that twists and turns all the way to the end.”
—Simon Kernick, author of A Good Day to Die
“Patrick has created an entire forensic discipline, all backed up with authentic (at least, to this non-scientist) and utterly believable detail. I was completely absorbed by the weird take on the world he has created between the covers of this book. Heartily recommended.”
—Susan Moody reviewing for promtingcrime.blogspot.com