It’s my turn to host a stop on Lucy Atkins’ blog tour for her new book, The Night Visitor, which was published by Quercus Books on the 4th May! Huge thanks to Quercus for inviting me on the tour, I hope you enjoy my review!
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?
What does TWG think?
Well, well, well, I haven’t got a clue how I am going to review this one!! For someone who reviews a lot of books, the words for this refuse to put themselves onto my screen just now; soooo not helpful!
As over used as the following phrase is, it really cannot be more apt if it tried; ‘The Night Visitor’ needs to be read with your own eyes to be able to get the most out of the storyline. Just like other books, readers will interpret the storylines in a completely different way to, say, their neighbour for example. No two people EVER read the same book and I believe that Lucy Atkins’ novel sits comfortably under that heading.
‘The Night Visitor’ really got under my skin in more ways than one. Not only was the cover eye-catchingly intriguing, the storyline was so a complete head-funk! Even though I struggled following bits and pieces of the plot and found myself a little confused once or twice, putting the book down wasn’t even an option! I must have been put under a spell as soon as my eyes had clocked the first word on the first page, or something!
You know when you have things to do and you start to feel anxious or edgy about getting everything done and dusted, so your body and mind goes into over drive and speeds up? Well, that’s probably the only way which I can describe how I felt whilst reading this novel. My mind was no longer mine to control, the storyline had taken me prisoner and I just HAD to keep reading. I couldn’t do anything, not even go for a pee! The book wouldn’t let me!
I really do wish that I could explain it properly, but I can’t. There was just something so enchanting yet secretive, about the whole novel. Even the characters came across as though they were holding their cards close to their chests, yet in a good way! Does that make sense? So, so many layers to ‘The Night Visitor’, it really is one of a kind.
I am in awe at what the author has managed to achieve with ‘The Night Visitor’; her writing style is just incredible and very well thought out. I have a feeling that the book could end up being a ‘marmite book’ and will no doubt leave readers questioning multiple things; including how certain loose ends were managed within the storyline. Yes, okay, I struggled with the book in terms of using more of brain than normal, however, I cannot fault Lucy Atkins on the overall concept of the storyline as well as the execution of it. It’s not her fault that my mind can be a little bit slow!
‘The Night Visitor’ is such a beautifully written, thought-provoking, powerful and intense read that will have you questioning every relationship that you have ever made, as well as every professional decision. Believe me when I say that after reading this book, you will NOT look at things the same way as you did before you started reading. Atkins’ novel is in a league of its own. There really is no doubt about that.
Thank you Quercus.