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Five Minds

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'Addictive' - THE TIMES
'Marvellously twisty, with the clockwork ingenuity of Agatha Christie' - FINANCIAL TIMES


Alex, Kate, Mike, Sierra and Ben have spent twenty-five years trapped together. And there's no escape. They share one body, part of humanity's answer to its dangerously spiralling population.

After more than two decades of bickering and petty vendettas, the one thing they can agree on is that they need a better host, and so they travel to a Death Park where they can win enough to get them the upgrades that will make the next twenty-five years bearable. 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...

'Gripping and intriguing on every level' - SARAH PEARSE, author of THE SANATORIUM

'A dazzling, thrilling rollercoaster ride' - ALEX PAVESI, author of

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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