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The Earth’s population has finally been controlled. At the age of seventeen, you must choose how you will live. And when you will die. As an android, your mind downloaded into a synthetic body, and given eighty years. As a worker, with a natural lifespan. As a hedonist, with unlimited money and leisure, but dead at forty-two. Or as a commune, five minds sharing one body, with a combined existence of over a century.

Alex, Kate, Sierra, Ben and Mike are a commune. They have already spent twenty-five years together, arguing, reconciling, alliances shifting and re-forming. They travel to a Death Park where games are played in which time can be gambled like money. The plan is to win time to upgrade their next host body. But then Kate accepts a dangerous offer, and one of them disappears.

Someone is trying to kill off members of the commune. Is one of them responsible? Or is someone else 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 thriller is science fiction wrapped in a murder mystery that scrambles and blows your mind. An addictive read. This is a story that will remain with you long after you emerge blinking from the rabbit hole.”

The Times

“A pacy, exciting and most unusual crime story.”

The Guardian

“A marvellously twisty whodunnit with a unique SF premise. Has the brutal, clockwork ingenuity of an Agatha Christie mystery.”

The Financial Times

“My mind is officially blown! Haven’t been able to stop asking myself: what would I choose? Worker, Commune, Android, or Hedonist? This clever, twisty debut really delivers. Gripping, well-written and intriguing on every level.”

Sarah Pearse, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium

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

Matt Wesolowski, author of Six Stories

“Guy Morpuss is set to become a powerhouse in speculative crime. These ‘Five Minds’ will mess with yours. Tense, dark, gritty and high-concept, it’s a feast of a book.”

Helen Fields, author of A Perfect Crime

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, author of Little White Lies

“Five Minds creates the ultimate whodunit conundrum. This amazing concept blew my mind from the start. A thrilling, intelligent read that immerses you in a world where humanity is not confined to the physical body or limited by it – so time itself is a currency worth fighting, dying and killing for. Mind blowing, however many you have.”

Janice Hallett, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Appeal

“Consider my single mind blown! An astonishing and original concept, deftly executed. This novel cries out for a screen adaptation.”

David Jackson, Bestselling author of Cry Baby

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

Allie Reynolds, author of Shiver

“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, author of The Waiting Rooms

“Fascinating and inventive, cleverly executed with believable, well-developed characters. Brilliantly original concept, thrilling and surprising, but also thoughtful and heartbreaking – this book has everything.”

Catherine Cooper, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalet 

Five Minds is a gloriously mad crime thriller set in the near future. Part Bladerunner part Agatha Christie, this mind-bending pacy debut gives a whole new meaning to the locked-room mystery. Totally immersive. Five Minds deserves to be huge.”

Imran Mahmood, author of You Don’t Know Me 

“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, author of Eight Detectives 

“Think Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle meets Running Man. So intelligent and yet so easy to read. Totally recommend.”

SE Moorhead, author of Witness X

“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, author of A Wash Of Black

“A stunning concept that takes you on a terrifying trip with five souls crammed into one body, every one of them a suspect. Will take some dislodging from the top of my ‘best reads of 2021’ pile.”

Robert Scragg, author of What Falls Between The Cracks

“I loved Five Minds – the world-building of Gibson with the pace of The Running Man. A fantastic ride and a brilliant debut!”

Tim Glister, author of Red Corona

“Extraordinary. Mindblowing, original and fiendishly clever. I’ll be thinking about this book for a very long time. Quite brilliant.”

Victoria Selman, author of Snakes and Ladders

“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, author of Sleepless

“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, author of Fallen Angel

“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, author of Empire State

“Inventive, innovative and imaginative. Five Minds was a trip that had me thrilled and terrified in equal measure. Utterly mind-bending.”

J.M. Hewitt, author of The Night Caller

“Smart world-building, fantastic near-future ideas, and an ingenious structure that kept the tension at a peak for chapter after chapter.”

Dan Malakin, author of The Regret

“Amazingly addictive. A wicked, twisty blend of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Blade Runner and even a pinch of Rollerball. You fiendish evil genius!”

Kate Griffin, author of The Kitty Peck Mysteries

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

Chris Lloyd, author of The Unwanted Dead

“High stakes gaming and the dark corners of the human psyche. Five Minds is a fascinating extrapolation of society, and a claustrophobic, deft whodunit.”

Patrick Edwards, author of Echo Cycle

“A real feat of the imagination: wildly original and a thrilling read.”

Louisa Scarr, author of Last Place You Look

“Clever, twisty, insightful. 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 the contemporary world through a great story. Brilliant.”

James Mylet, author of Lex

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

Lynsey James, author of Just The Way You Are 

“Very, very clever. Mind-bendingly ingenious and insidiously plausible. Kept me reading late into the night.”

Leonora Nattrass, author of Black Drop 

“The perfect blend of speculative fiction and crime. A twisting narrative, compelling characters and a world that is oh so horrifying – I couldn’t stop turning the pages.”

Lia Middleton, author of When They Find her