The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen

About the book

Nine-year-old Louis Drax is a problem child: bright, precocious, deceitful, and dangerously, disturbingly, accident prone. When he falls off a cliff into a ravine, the accident seems almost predestined. Louis miraculously survives – but the family has been shattered. Louis’ father has vanished, his mother is paralysed by shock, and Louis lies in a deep coma from which he may never emerge. In a clinic in Provence, Dr Pascal Dannachet tries to coax Louis back to consciousness. But the boy defies medical logic, startling Dannachet out of his safe preconceptions, and drawing him inexorably into the dark heart of Louis’ buried world. Only Louis holds the key to the mystery surrounding his fall – and he can’t communicate. Or can he?

Reviewed by Ace of Spades

Particularly gripping novel about a boy (Drax) in a coma. The power of the mind of somebody in that position was explored – in this case somebody highly intelligent with a very strong character. Very atmospheric (forest fires coming closer). Full of suspense as we are trying to find out what exactly led Louis to fall from the cliff!
Star rating ****

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  1. Reviewed by Wallington Village Reading group
    It was different! Our group was divided with many starting but not finishing. Those who finished thought the ending predictable.
    Star rating **

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