Whilst waiting for hit TV series The Leftovers to take over our screens once more, are you looking for a fix to fill your desire for apocalyptic disasters? The Rapture by Liz Jensen is a perfect apocalyptic thriller to do just that. Set in the not-too-distant future, The Rapture combines the ultimate need for survival as well as a twisted story of a young girl’s terrible childhood.
Gabriella Fox is introduced to the world’s most dangerous patient in the country: Bethany Krall. After a horrendous car crash, Gabriella is assigned to care for Bethany Krall – but could going to Oxsmith Psychiatric Ward be the worst mistake of her career?
Bethany Krall is a destructive, delusional young girl who believes she can predict the world’s natural disasters, a symptom of a condition known as ‘Doomsday Delusion’. However, her ability to accurately predict disasters all over the world, such as the fall of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, is gripping but somewhat unbelievable. Bethany thrives on ECT, which makes the reader wonder if her predictions are no more than coincidence, but then again is her power genuine?
Her father, a Christian Preacher, sent Bethany away after the murder of her mother. Bethany seeks revenge through the mocking of Christians who believe they will be saved from the rapture by god.
The Rapture is a mesmerizing read packed full of excitement. The special bond eventually created in this book between Bethany and her psychiatrist is touching and heart-warming. The powerful story draws you in, while the tension and emotion carried through the book allows a connection to be made to the characters. Mixed feelings towards Bethany leave you wondering whether you should sympathise with her or be disgusted by her vicious behaviour. I highly recommend The Rapture if you are looking for an apocalyptic thriller you won’t be able to put down.