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Mimi Shapiro had a disturbing freshman year at NYU thanks to a foolish affair with a professor who still haunts her caller ID So when her artist father Marc offers the use of his remote Canadian cottage she’s glad to hop in her Mini Cooper and drive up north The house is fairy tale uaint and the key is hidden right where her dad said it would be so she’s shocked to fi nd someone already living there — Jay a young musician who is eually startled to meet Mimi and immediately accuses her of leaving strange and threatening tokens inside a dead bird a snakeskin a cricket sound track embedded in his latest composition But Mimi has just arrived so who is responsible? And alarmingly what does the intruder want? Part gripping thriller part family drama this fast paced novel plays out in alternating viewpoints in a pastoral setting that is evocative and eerie — a mysterious character in its own right


10 thoughts on “The Uninvited

  1. says:

    Rarely do I actually write a review for a 1 star book However I found The Univited so frustrating and borderline offense that I feel the need to explain my feelingsI was iffy about this book when they introduced the main character driving down the road just wearing a bra Not a sports bra but a bra and not for any real reason When a male writer creates a female character who's beautiful sexy and often not wearing many clothes I'm a little leery Sometimes it feels like male writers create heroines who are merely their fantasies not real well devolved characters It's like look I'm a sassy free woman comfortable with my sexuality but it's done in a way that doesn't feels genuineMy discomfort grew with an unnamed character you later find out who is spying on Mimi refers to one of her friends as faggy I'm not saying it's not okay to have homophobic characters Homophobes exist But it was used casually without any purpose to illustrate that a guy was effeminate I know most authors would argue but that's what the character says but when it's not necessary it should be edited out I'm not comfortable reading books with hate speech unless it is addressing the issue of hateThis book had a plot that seemed to amble without going anywhere Someone is spying on Mimi and Jay the second main character being a creeper The story has numerous POVs which is not that well executed The POVS eliminate all the drama of who's spying The reader knows who's spying and why they are spying Now that I've had a couple weeks away from this book I'm wondering where the story was even going Mimi was trying to write a screenplay Jay was trying to write a song They were building a friendship Creeper dude was spying and lusting But what was the real point?This book also had a creepy case of sibling lust It started when Mimi showed up and met Jay who SPOILER ALERT is her half brother Even after she realizes that she still finds him attractive However that was minor and uickly went away But there's another half sibling lurking in this book And he lusts after Mimi admiring everything about her imagining a life with her He doesn't know that she's his sister But the reader knows and that makes it creepy enough This goes on for chapters and chapters And honestly I'm not sure where the sibling lust ends because I did not finish this bookI've only ever DNFed one book Normally I stubbornly force myself through a book even if it's a miserable reading experience because I don't want the book to beat me I couldn't fight this book The plot seemed to be going nowhere the main character felt flat and every time the sibling lust came up I cringed To me it was pretty obvious the author was trying to be edgy But sometimes less is Where this book is concerned I recommend avoiding it altogetherIn case you are wondering I listened to this on audiobook I listened to 57 CDs before stopping The narrator was unremarkable but not bad either The problem was the story itself


  2. says:

    I really thought this novel would be creepy and maybe have a supernatural component given the description and cover but it didn't I'm not really uite sure what the author was trying to accomplish The novel is a bit like Flowers in the Attic meets the cast of Friends Not cool I was drawn in my the storytelling but it ultimately just didn't come together and the ending felt like a cheat


  3. says:

    Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToocomWhen New Yorker Mimi drives all the way up into the Canadian wilderness to find the little house her artist father once used as a studio she's just looking to spend some time alone and away from an affair with a professor that has taken a nasty turnThe last thing she expects is to find someone already occupying the house Jay a young musician struggling to find his muse is connected to Mimi than she first realizes And so is the shy young man who watches them in secret from the riverAs Mimi and Jay divide up the house the idyllic setting in the countryside is disrupted by a series of intrusions that become and destructive and apparently hostile Why would anyone want to disturb them? How can they be stopped? And just how many secrets lie hidden in that long abandoned house?THE UNINVITED is a tense mystery broken by occasional bits of peace and beauty The three narrators become and sympathetic as the reader gets to know them and all of the supporting characters are well developed and full of personality as well Some of the best scenes are when Mimi Jay and Jay's girlfriend Iris are just hanging out getting to know one another But the gripping suspenseful scenes are eually well doneWynne Jones does a masterful job of letting certain moments stand as they are without pushing them into melodrama like the subtly creepy chapter end when Mimi discovers someone's filmed her on her own camera Readers will enjoy fitting the pieces together as they learn about each of the characters but the most important uestions will keep them eagerly turning pages right until the end They may find it a little confusing that Jay's narrative is nearly completely dropped part of the way through the book and the brief sections in italics don't seem to completely integrate into the story but those are minor uibblesHighly recommended to all fans of mystery and suspense


  4. says:

    Wow this is a page turner Three characters are drawn to a small solitary house on a snye read it to find out for their own reasons Of the three two are completely unaware of the third except as a threat an invisible menaceBut is the third the enemy? Or is the third the final key in discovering who each one really is?I couldn't put this book down And the setting itself the house the watery domain upon which it sits becomes a character itself pushing and pulling the three main characters together and apart What a read


  5. says:

    This was eerie at times but overall I didn't think it was uite as thrilling or scary as I had hopedIt wasn't exactly predictable but the twists didn't shock me either and although I did follow the general plot of the story and enjoyed specific scenes there were other scenes that seemed unnecessary or simply confusing


  6. says:

    A little bit spooky a little bit eerie a whole lot of family problems The three young ones Mimi Jay and another guy Cramer act as the main characters The viewpoint switches from each of those characters oftenThe story is just so compelling It’s very hard to put down especially towards to the end Actually no At the end it is impossible to put down I just had to speed through it to figure out what’s happeningBasically there are two mysteries One is introduced in the synopsis being Jay is getting these creepy presents It escalates to thievery and so Jay Mimi and also Cramer on his own are trying to figure out just who is taking all the stuff I guess it’s not really a considered a mystery but the second to me is each of the main characters know a little bit but not everything of the story There’s all these different relations between Jay Mimi and Cramer and none of them know all of them to what extent It’s a bit confusing what I’m saying but I don’t want to spoil anythingI thought some of the phrasing was a little funny The story takes place by a snye look it up on Google lots of pictures to place the setting and atmosphere in Ontario so I guess it makes sense These are not city folk and so a lot of them have odd phrasing and speak differently than usualA thing I really liked about this book being Canadian is that it takes place in Canada specifically in Ontario close to Ottawa There were many Canadian references like the University of British Colombia where my parents went all the big cities close by like Ottawa Toronto and Montreal etc As much as I love American books too Canadian books hold a special place in my heart Okay yes I will go barf at my corniness nowIt’s honestly just this really intense read that’s completely gripping The setting is amazing and richly detailed The characters are interesting all with their separate histories pasts and problems but they all seem to converge on this same path The ending is a complete shocker You may think you know the culprit but no no you don’t Figuring out the mystery is just what keeps you going until the very end


  7. says:

    Despite the title and eerie cover art this is not a ghost story nor is it much of a thriller but actually a twisted drama First we meet Cramer a young man trying desperately to keep his mentally disturbed mother from falling to pieces We sense that his mother’s emotional abuse and crazy demands to support her attempts at art has warped his life Next we meet our main character Mimi whose first year at NYU turned disastrous when the married professor she hooked up with became possessive and stalker like Seeking to get away she takes up her artist father’s offer to stay alone at a remote cottage in Canada Upon arrival she finds Jay a young musician working to find his muse in the solitary location which is not too far from his regular home Initially highly attracted to each other the two uickly figure out that they are half siblings via their famous father unaware of each other until that moment Although some strange desire remains between them Mimi and Jay began to build a tentative brother and sister bond as they share the cottage and fend off some unknown intruder who leaves threatening messages Could the intruder be Cramer whose first glimpse of Mimi drives him to obsess over her or the lecherous old neighbor anxious to get friendly with Mimi? Add in the additional threat of a woman scorned by the viral artist father plus the amorous professor and you’ve got a muddled story that needs serious editing help The language age of the characters and weird family dynamics not to mention the constant lust experienced by all males within a certain radius make this book best for late high school or early college readers Not a priority purchase but an addition to consider for libraries with high demand for thrillers particularly Flowers in the Attic style


  8. says:

    I had the longest review I have ever written typed up for this book and my browser unexpectedly closed WOE I may type it all up again one day if I can find the motivation but here is a Sparks Notes versionThe stupid plot view spoilerINCEST Main character Mimi experiences attraction towards the two main male characters She eventually finds out that they are her half brothers The attraction doesn't completely go away Both guys liked her back One of them was a creepy panty sniffer Grossness all around hide spoiler


  9. says:

    Not a bad setting and all but I honestly didn't find this thriller to be very thrilling and I thought the characters were boring


  10. says:

    In a perfect little town where everyone is kind and friendly there is a person who doesn't really draw attention to themselves They’re the kind of person someone would meet but later on wouldn't really remember because they didn't leave a big impression on them This person may seem nice but people don’t know about all the bad things they have done In the book The Uninvited by Tim Wynne Jones that person in the little town is Cramer Lee In this realistic fiction the first wrong thing of the many things he did was steal a necklace “You tell me if it isn't the same color as my eyes Like it was made for me You hear me? I should have that necklace honey You get it for me okay?” Mavis Lee Cramer’s mother had said this to Cramer when she saw the necklace around her doctor’s neck Mavis knows that Cramer would do anything for her so she knows how to manipulate him into getting her not necessarily what she needs but what she wantsMimi Shapiro is a happy and carefree person She drove up to that little town in Canada to get away from things that were stressing her When she goes to the house her dad told her she would find in Canada she meets a musician named Jay who is already living in the house Jay is a worrier He stresses out about a lot of things and when something doesn't seem right you can always count on him to be the one to take control of the situation Even though Jay and Mimi are almost complete opposites they decided that they would just share the house and live together When Mimi’s belongings start to go missing she doesn't really think any drastic precautions should be taken Jay on the other hand said that they should have talked to the police Mimi convinces Jay not to tell the police until later on things are stolen from the house Mimi and Jay had come home to find the door to their house slightly ajar This uote is from when Officer Roach wrote down that someone had taken Mimi’s red camcorder and two of Jay’s guitars “So that’s a wine red thirty gigabyte JVC HDD? And two guitars plus cases? A Gibson ES 175 with a sunburst finish and a powder blue Fender Stratocaster?” The event of objects going missing keeps happening and Mimi and Jay are soon led to believe that Cramer Lee has been taking their stuff the whole time Cramer had been so busy with taking their stuff that he sort of stopped paying attention to his mom Mavis would tell Cramer she knew what he was up to because she could smell perfume on Cramer when he came home some days “I know about her Cramer You think I don’t know nothing but you’re wrong” Mavis was mad at Cramer until she found out who the girl Cramer had been seeing was It was Mimi and when Mavis found that out she made a plan of revenge to get back at Mimi for taking Cramer’s attentionIn the end Cramer gave back the things he stole and confessed to taking them Mimi and Jay forgave him because he did the right thing This book is like the book Because of Winn Dixie because in that book one of the lessons is that you should try and do the right thing but if you do do something wrong you should apologize and make it up I gave The Uninvited 4 stars because not only did the book teach important lessons but it also had very interesting twists throughout the whole story