Published by Bookouture on March 2nd 2018
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“Everyone has a secret in their past.”
Holly has returned to her hometown after being away for several years. When she was younger she ran away with a friend in hopes of starting a new life. After years away, Holly is back, and she rents a room from a lonely widow named Cora and quickly finds a job and has hopes of building a future.
Cora is happy to have Holly living with her. She is a widow and is lonely living by herself. She is happy to have someone to talk with and look after. Cora also has David, her next-door neighbor, who occasionally does the odd job for her. He is an adult man still living with his Mother. Since David was a child, Cora has always welcomed him over and baked for him and gave him odd jobs to do.
David is quiet observer of the neighborhood and knows almost everyone’s comings and goings. David presents as socially awkward and odd. He likes to follow rules and does not like when his life is disrupted by his Mother’s “friend” Brian moving in. His interest is piqued when he learns that his neighbor, Cora has taken in a young woman to live with her.
When Holly begins her new job, she quickly learns that her neighbor, David works there as well. Both are lonely and don’t have many people to talk with, so they strike up a friendship. As Holly goes about her days, she begins to feel as if she is being watched – just who is that shadowy figure she has been seeing in the garden? What secrets does she harbor? What secrets do the other characters in this book have?
The Visitor is a psychological thriller that does have a twist or two. Initially I was not sure how I felt about this book. It is one that I wanted to sit and think about upon finishing the book. As I was able to think about the plot, I began to appreciate the Author’s ability to “reveal” secrets and drop little bombs along the way.
I found this book to be a very fast read due to the pacing and events happening in most of the characters’ lives. I enjoy when characters have secrets and watching their secrets unfold is very interesting and adds to the suspense in this novel. This is not your typical “page turner” which is why I needed to sit and think about the story-line upon finishing the book. The action will not have you on the edge of your seat, and yet there is the mystery as to why Holly is back in town, what occurred while she was away, who (if anyone) is watching her and lastly what is her secret?
This is a book which sneaks up on the reader and taps one on the shoulder to let the reader know it is not down revealing its secrets yet. Just wait! There is more to come. I really enjoy when a book can surprise me. I thought I had this book figured out early on and after a couple of twists and turns realized, the Author had a couple of tricks up her sleeve!
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.