Blog Tour Review: The Night Visitor by @lucyatkins @QuercusFiction

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The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins

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How far would you go to save your reputation? The stunning new noir thriller from the author of the bestselling The Missing One and The Other Child. Perfect for fans of I Let You Go and The Ice Twins.

Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything.

Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia's book is based. She has now become Olivia's unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own.

As events move between London, Sussex and the idyllic South of France, the relationship between these two women grows more entangled and complex. Then a bizarre act of violence changes everything.

The Night Visitor is a compelling exploration of ambition, morality and deception that asks the question: how far would you go to save your reputation?

Review:

I've been in a bit of a reading funk lately. I've started loads of books but I've found myself unable to finish most of them. My concentration isn't great due to fatigue so I've been looking for something to relieve that 'meh' feeling I've been having while reading.

That relief came in the form of The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins. It's a thriller but not your run of the mill crime thriller. This one has more of a psychological feel. I've read a few psychological thrillers in the past few months but most of them had a wide range of characters. After a few books this can get tiring so it was nice to find a story that centered around just two people. I think this allowed me to get really involved. I was so invested in what was happening to these two women!

The Night Visitor is one of those reads that's strong the whole way through. It doesn't just grab you from the start and expect you to hang through a mediocre middle or ending. Every single page is steeped with intrigue. This book kept me up late as I was just so keen to see what was happening. It's certainly a page turner.

I've read a few books this year that have had taglines that didn't deliver. You know the ones. HERE'S AN ENDING YOU DIDN'T SEE COMING!! (Because it was utterly ridiculous.) Thankfully that's not the case with The Night Visitor. The ending is great because it's plausible. Everything in this book is believable and that's down to the creative writing and the obvious hours of research Lucy must have put into this novel.

I know it's early in the year but I have a feeling The Night Visitor will be one of my favorites of 2017. Make sure it's on your to read list!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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7 comments:

  1. Looks like a very interesting book! will try to lend it from a friend! thanks

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  2. Oh nice, I love endings I don't see coming. I'll add this book to my list--reading is one of my favorite things to do!

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  3. It's a great read. And your review is awesome. Thank you.

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  4. Page turner you say very interesting, I hate meh books. I also get bored eaisly while reading. Loved the review

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  5. The last book I read that had me reading until the am was "The fault in our start". Haven't found a book like that. Maybe ill check this one out.

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  6. sounds like a very interesting book.

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  7. Sounds great Amanda. I've been a meh book mood lately too, so it's great to find one to remind you why love to read. Definitely on my to-read now!

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