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Five Minds (Guy Morpuss)

🎉🎉🎉HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY TO GUY MORPUSS 🎉🎉🎉 Five Minds is out today!!!

Massive thanks to Viper Books for my advanced copy of Five Minds; I also preordered an e-copy that arrived this morning.

The Blurb


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.

What Did I Think?

How to review Five Minds? In a word Wow. This is one twisted high-tech thriller. It’s a murder mystery of the future, a future where populations are being monitored and controlled.

The story is based around a single being with five personalities, five minds. Each gets a time slot for being active, each having to pick up the pieces of the actions of the previous mind. I loved the different narratives from each mind. They were all so distinctive in attitude; so much so I had to keep reminding that this was the same body with different voices.

As the story progressed, I really thought I knew what was going to happen but I truly didn’t. Morpuss blindsided me at every turn, snaking the story to one almighty climax that just kept giving right to the end.

Five Minds has a sense of a futuristic world. It’s kind of a warped (aka f****d up) version of The Hunger Games which I adored. Morpuss has created something seriously messed up and I loved it, devouring the book in less than 24 hours. It’s a brilliant and unique read! Morpuss has delivered an amazing debut with addictive writing that left this reader totally stunned by the end! Bravo 👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Who Is Guy Morpuss?

Guy Morpuss is a barrister and QC at a commercial law firm in London, specialising in financial and sports law. To the surprise of everyone, including himself, he suddenly found time to write a novel about five people stuck in one body, trying to kill one another. He lives in Surrey with his wife and two children.