{4.5/5} “Naturally, should you pursue those who would pursue me, I would be a hypocrite to offer anything but my grateful thanks. Yet my thanks would be, I think, premature. For there is a near-infinity of men and women who are fearful and wish me harm, but only ever one of me, standing in the dark with knife in hand.”

Touch by Claire North, published in 2015

They call themselves ghosts. When they touch you their consciousness takes over your body, and you won’t remember the time they inhabited it. The one known as Kepler tries to be as moral as possible — but he still steals other people’s bodies, sometimes without asking. Then Kepler discovers he has a nemesis, Galileo — a ghost who kills other ghosts.

This story is gripping and unique. It’s similar in a general way to North’s previous book, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, in that the main character has lived an unusual life for hundreds of years.

I enjoyed it a lot. With the precise details of the locations, you’ll feel like you’re there.

I will certainly be on the lookout for more of North’s books.

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