The Visitors

The Visitors

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Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother John in a crumbling mansion on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to live by John's rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door... and turning a blind eye to the women's laundry in the hamper that isn't hers. For years, she's buried the signs of John's devastating secret into the deep recesses of her mind--until the day John is crippled by a heart attack, and Marion becomes the only one whose shoulders are fit to bear his secret. Forced to go down to the cellar and face what her brother has kept hidden, Marion discovers more about herself than she ever thought possible. As the truth is slowly unraveled, we finally begin to understand: maybe John isn't the only one with a dark side...
Publisher: New York :, Scout Press,, [2017]
Edition: First Scout Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501164019
Branch Call Number: FICTION BUR
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 24 cm


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AL_KATI Nov 06, 2017

Wow! If you are looking for a novel that has one of the best, most realistic and ultimately disturbing (but charming?) characters, you HAVE to meet Marion.

Oct 28, 2017

You have to read this book. The writer is good enough to be the next Ruth Rendell who's characters are creepy but relatable. I will never forget Marion who as a person makes you ask "nature or nurture"? The books makes you think about bad parents, bullies, missing people and loneliness. A very good read!

ehbooklover Oct 23, 2017

This book was so unbelievably creepy. This was definitely not a page-turner, yet the slow burn was effective as it kept me reading "just one more chapter" right before bed (this despite the fact that I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to go to sleep due to the content). The setting was ultra-descriptive and was a huge part of the ick-factor. I loved how I kept thinking that I had figured out everything and was thrown for a loop when I read the last page...

OLATHEAllisonB Aug 03, 2017

A claustrophobic and compelling read, this modern Gothic novel leaves an impression long after the last page. The story is narrated by Marian, a shabby spinster who lives with her brother in their parents' decrepit mansion. They go about their seemingly ordinary lives until the unthinkable happens, causing events that reveal the dark and shocking truth lurking beneath. Marian's narrator voice is authentic and dynamic, the setting is appropriately dingy and gloomy, and the twist at the end is surprising and engaging.

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