The Visitor

The VisitorThe Visitor by K.L. Slater
Published by Bookouture on March 2nd 2018
Pages: 322
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three-half-stars

“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.

three-half-stars

The Mistake

The MistakeThe Mistake by K.L. Slater
Published by Bookouture on October 4th 2017
Pages: 330
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three-stars

If I am not mistaken, but I may be in the minority on this one – but this book failed to WOW me. I saw a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews for this and thought “YES!!!” but I felt let down. This book just felt bland to me. I did not really see it as a psychological thriller, maybe a mystery. I am the first to admit, I like a little grit with my mystery and maybe that is why I was not wowed but also because I found I really didn’t care much for the characters.

Rose blames herself for her brother’s death. She had a lot going on the day she was watching him. She had been in a horrible, controlling relationship with a manipulating older man who had become more and more controlling and scary. Her best friend/former best friend had been attacked and no one knows who attacked her.

Rose is watching her eight year old brother when she takes her eyes off him, he wanders off and is not found for 2 days…..

Now Rose is 34 and working in a library and helping out her lifelong next door neighbor. When he becomes ill, she finds something in his house. This “find” triggers her need to know the truth. A man was arrested and charged with her brother’s murder. But his “find” may change things. Could someone else be responsible for her brother’s death. Rose starts looking into the past and talking to those involved in the investigation in order to gain some closure.

The story is told both in the past and in the present day. As the story unfolds we learn about the events leading up to Billy’s disappearance and death. We meet all the players, we see how easily Rose was manipulated and controlled, we see how this affected her relationships and her self esteem, then we see Billy go missing. In the present day, we see Rose as an unmarried single woman. Her parents are dead and she is basically on her own. The the discovery turns her life upside down.

I found this book to be good not great. It wasn’t a page turner for me. One plus is that I thought I had the identity of the killer figured out. I was WRONG! There is a twist but one that failed to really WOW me. It seemed to come from left field and in all honestly, I think I would have liked the killer to have been someone else.

I received a copy of this book from Bookouture and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to them!

three-stars