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Five Minds

(2021)
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'An addictive read that will remain with you long after you emerge from the rabbit hole' - THE TIMES

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A marvellously twisty whodunnit [with] the brutal, clockwork ingenuity of an Agatha Christie mystery' - FT

'A pacy, exciting and most unusual crime story' - GUARDIAN
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SHARING A BODY CAN BE MURDER

The Earth's spiralling population has finally been controlled. Lifespans are limited to eighty years, except for those who make an extreme choice: to become a commune. Five minds sharing one body, each living for four hours at a time. But with a combined lifespan of nearly 150 years.

Alex, Kate, Mike, Sierra and Ben have already spent twenty-five years together in what was once Mike's body, their frequent personality clashes leading to endless bickering, countless arguments, and getting themselves stranded on a Russian Artic freighter. Wanting to buy upgrades for their next host body, they decide to travel to a Death Park where time can be gambled like money. But things go very wrong when Kate accepts a dangerous offer, and one of them disappears.

Someone is trying to kill off members of the commune. But why? Is one of them responsible? Or is an outsider playing a deadly game? It's hard enough to catch a murderer. It's almost impossible when you might be sharing a body with them...

This brilliant murder mystery blends classic crime with speculative fiction in a stunning debut.
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'This clever, twisty debut really delivers. Gripping, well-written and intriguing on every level' - SARAH PEARSE

'Brilliantly inventive. If you liked The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, you'll love this' - EVE SMITH

'Morpuss is set to become a powerhouse in speculative crime. A feast of a book' - HELEN FIELDS

'A whip-smart, searing debut, which grinds into the mind like cursed clockwork' - MATT WESOLOWSKI


'A mind-stretching and irresistible premise deftly spun into a twisty, page-turning action-thriller' - PHILIPPA EAST


'Consider my single mind blown! An astonishing and original concept, deftly executed' - DAVID JACKSON


'A mind-bendingly original debut. Nothing short of a cross-genre masterpiece' - ADAM CHRISTOPHER

'The world-building of Gibson with the pace of The Running Man. A fantastic ride' - TIM GLISTER


Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Thrilling dystopian sci-fi meets twisty murder mystery in this mind-bendingly original debut. Five Minds is nothing short of a cross-genre masterpiece." - Adam Christopher

"Fascinating and inventive. A brilliantly original concept, thrilling and surprising but also thoughtful and heartbreaking." - Catherine Cooper

"Five Minds spearheads an exciting new trend in speculative fiction, with a mind-stretching and irresistible premise deftly spun into a twisty, page-turning action-thriller. Clever, cool and thoroughly entertaining." - Philippa East

"High stakes and the dark corners of the human psyche: Five Minds is a fascinating extrapolation of society and a claustrophobic, deft whodunit." - Patrick Edwards

"Guy Morpuss is set to become a powerhouse in speculative crime. Tense, dark, gritty and high-concept, it's a feast of a book." - Helen Fields

"I loved Five Minds - the worldbuilding of Gibson with the pace of The Running Man. A fantastic ride and a brilliant debut!" - Tim Glister

"Amazingly addictive. A wicked, twisty blend of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Blade Runner and even a pinch of Rollerball." - Kate Griffin

"The ultimate whodunit conundrum, this amazing concept blew my mind from the start. A thrilling, intelligent read." - Janice Hallett

"Inventive, innovative and imaginative. Five Minds was a trip that had me thrilled and terrified in equal measure. Utterly mind-bending." - J M Hewitt

"Consider my single mind blown! An astonishing and original concept, deftly executed. This novel cries out for a screen adaptation." - David Jackson

"Imaginative, twisty and brilliantly fun. I loved each of the expertly-drawn characters and their journey through a world where time is everything. Guy Morpuss has crafted a deliciously devourable tale that will have you on the edge of your seat." - Lynsey James

"I loved the brilliant, brain-grabbing Five Minds. An extraordinary concept with a spanking crime mystery at its heart." - Chris Lloyd

"Fiendishly clever and dashed with humour. You're pulled into a world that is fully immersive. One of the most original books I've ever read." - Chris McDonald

"Part Bladerunner part Agatha Christie, this mind-bending pacy debut gives a whole new meaning to the locked-room mystery. Five Minds deserves to be huge." - Imran Mahmood

"The perfect blend of speculative fiction and crime. I couldn't stop turning the pages." - Lia Middleton

"Think Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle meets Running Man. So intelligent and yet so easy to read. Totally recommend." - SE Moorhead

"A gripping, clever and innovative story: this book sucked me into its dark, futuristic world where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. The ending left me reeling! A fantastic debut." - Louise Mumford

"Clever, twisty, insightful. It reminded me of a cross between Michael Marshall Smith and Iain M. Banks, and that at its best sci-fi raises themes that shine a light back on contemporary world through a great story. Brilliant." - James Mylet

"After a few pages I was hooked into a new world, manned by workers, andis, hedonists and communes. Imagine an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, The Hunger Games, Sophie's Choice and a whodunit under one cover. I loved it and wouldn't be surprised if it gets optioned for a movie." - Jenny O'Brien

"A dazzling, thrilling rollercoaster ride: five strangers forced to share a body in a resource-depleted future find themselves caught up in a murder mystery. Full of ideas and excitement, it's a gripping fast-paced read." - Alex Pavesi

"My mind is officially blown! This clever, twisty debut really delivers. Gripping, well-written and intriguing on every level." - Sarah Pearse

"Gripping, fast-paced and incredibly original. Five Minds is out of this world in the best possible way." - Allie Reynolds

"A real feat of the imagination: wildly original and a thrilling read." - Louisa Scarr

"Five Minds literally blew my mind, with a stunning concept that takes you on a terrifying trip with five souls crammed into one body, every one of them a suspect. Devoured in 24 hours, and will take some dislodging from the top of my 'best reads of 2021'." - Robert Scragg

"Extraordinary. Mindblowing, original and fiendishly clever. I'll be thinking about this book for a very long time." - Victoria Selman

"A brilliantly inventive, pacy debut with a great premise. A Maze Runner type world of complex death games and riddles that keep you guessing to the very end. If you liked The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, you'll love this." - Eve Smith

"A whip-smart, searing debut with a story which grinds into the mind like cursed clockwork. I really loved it." - Matt Wesolowski


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Hardback Editions

September 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: Five Minds: The Speculative Thriller of 2021
Author(s): Guy Morpuss
ISBN: 1-78816-566-7 / 978-1-78816-566-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viper
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

April 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: Five Minds: The stunning speculative thriller
Author(s): Guy Morpuss
ISBN: 1-78816-568-3 / 978-1-78816-568-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viper
Availability: Amazon UK   


September 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Five Minds: The Speculative Thriller of 2021
Author(s): Guy Morpuss
ISBN: 1-78816-567-5 / 978-1-78816-567-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Viper
Availability: Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

September 2021 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Five Minds
Author(s): Guy Morpuss
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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September 2021 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Five Minds
Author(s): Guy Morpuss
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
Availability: Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

September 2021 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Five Minds: The stunning speculative thriller
Author(s): Guy Morpuss
Publisher: Viper
Availability: Amazon UK