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The Visitor

3.4  ·  Rating details ·  1,051 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Tom was not like a normal teenager. First off, he looked weird. He was too tall, too thin, and his hair was practically white. Also, he had incredible eyes. Some thought he was from outer space. Almost everyone believed he was a nice guy. But was Tom really nice? Was he even human?
Paperback, 162 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by Pocket Books
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Again Pike takes what seems to be a simple story and makes it incredibly creative. The back blurb unfortunately makes it seem like the story is focused on some stranger to town, Tom, but that is definitely not true. In fact he only plays a small role in the story later on - what actually happens is the book opens where Mary is consumed with grief and guilt over the death of her boyfriend Jerry. She attends a party and seance, and from there it just gets weird. Twisted, but delightfully weird.

He almost has to have been parodying himself.

Sometimes Mr. Pike will use a simile or whatever that's just so ridiculous ("his eyes were as deep as European history"), I have to message Scott Crawford with it.

Me: "He looked terribly uncomfortable, like an ironing board crammed into a closet two sizes too small."

Scott: oh god.

Scott: has he ever written full-on porn?

Me: No, but if he did, I bet it would be awesome.

Scott: that'd be a fun literary exercise.

Scott: writing porn in the style of christop
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
One of my favorite authors. Some stuff is brilliant, some is just bizarre.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked this a lot better in early high school, which is admittedly hen I was this books target audience. I wouldn't go into this book as an adult and expect a masterpiece. With that said though, it is a fun and simple little thriller that I would give a 13-15 year old and expect them to enjoy it.
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
The synopsis on the back of the book is irrelevant. It discusses a character that appears for about one chapter of the entire book. He has a purpose and he's incredibly likable, but this is not his story. He's a rarely-visible sidekick and it makes aboslutely no sense to focus the synopsis of the entire book on him.

The pacing feels sporadic throughout the book. All told, I have no idea how many days went by. Maybe two? The book begins during the aftermath of a tragic event and it's quite a while
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is my first Christopher Pike book I've ever read. I just found it yesterday, lying on a bookcase in the living room. I'm glad I was bored out of mind to actually go to the bookcase (that I don't ever bother looking at) and find a random book to read(it's my brother's book he never

The Visitor is a short and fast read . . I think it's a pretty good
book, considering it's my first so I'm not familiar with his writing
so I'm not sure if this is his best work. He reminds me of R.L.
Stine's F
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
The Visitor should have stayed home in this case
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Preface to review:
FIRST OF ALL: The back of this book has very little to do with the story within. It says this book is about Tom. Tom only appears HALFWAY through the novel, and he's not even one of the main characters. This book is about a girl named Mary who's love for her dead boyfriend is, well, stronger than death. It is NOT about Tom, who may not be from this world.
I read a ton of Chrisopher Pike books in middle school. They were the link between Fear Street and Stephen King in my love of
A story of many lives told through the eyes of Mary/Clareesh, who's engulfed in her grief over her boyfriend's death. Mary and Jerry have decided to see who will win for homecoming queen when something goes strangely wrong. The plot from here, tells of what went on, and finally takes a strange twist into 'the afterlife' all brought on by a seance. A little confusing if you don't understand past lives or Pike's past books.

"Prayer of a False God"
All are doomed to love.
All are doomed to die.
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5/5 stars. This book had it all, great plot, amazing characters, a shocking plot twist, a "Egyptian goddess", aliens, Egypt, seances (never do those, they always end badly), the stereotype blond, head cheerleader bitchy rival to the main character, and reincarnation. I loved this book from cover to cover, I will read anything Christopher Pike writes. My two favorite characters were Savey, and Tom (klaxor). Savey was hilarious and always joking and making hints about wanting to sleep with the mai ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Re-reading my teenage obsession has so far been rewarding. Pike has teen angst down to a bloody T - pun intended, of course. However, it has always been the spirituality of his tales I was always captured by.

For some reason though, this one is just so precious - because reading it now after 20+ years... the only thing I can say about it is, it's freaking hilarious! It becomes even funnier when I look back and remember how much I enjoyed this story back then. It's a good thing this one is shorte
Jeff Powers
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
This book turned out rather different than expected. It was an entertaining if not cheesy ride. Exactly what I expect from an old Pike novel. It was a quick easy read filled with gruesomely twisted elements. Half the book makes no logical sense and I found myself just going with whatever happened, not questioning the ridiculous actions and motivations of the characters. These books could so easily be accepted as terrible works of YA fiction. Or they can be savored like a bad movie. I chose to zi ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book is almost identical to another one I read many years ago, though off the top of my head I can't remember the title. And as Christopher Pike books go, this one is really pretty bad. The main character is completely unlikeable, and all the rest are pretty shallow and one-dimensional. The good-natured cheesy teen "horror" is almost non-existent, and cliche sci-fi is not a good fit for this author. I was pretty disappointed, since I've been a fan of his books since childhood and very seldo ...more
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
First of all, the book summary is pretty off. Tom is a minor character, this isn't about him. This is about Mary, a typical high school girl with an amazing body and stellar allure and overall completely hot and all the hot guys want her. In other words, she is the quintessential CP main character. The story is generic CP as well: the plot is out there and odd, and the story is fast. It was just a little choppy and not as good as the others.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was so much more deep then I thought a book could be- perhaps because it was a adult book and I was a mere kid when I read it.

Pike's writing style is truly unique and I can't help but become so enthralled that I can't put the book down. He is a wonderful author and he did the Sci-fi genre a wonderful justice by writing this book.
Abbi Dion
Well, it's a quick read. But it's thin. Mighty thin. The supernatural elements. The humdrum elements. The humor. The characters. It's all a bit rushed and tired. Because of this he needs to lean of exploitation and gratuitous elements like female body description and sex scenes. Blah.
Alice Anne
Mar 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it
One of the many of my childhood favorites.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Another one of his with a strong science-fiction element that was, at least for me, a bit of a turn off.
Sep 25, 2008 rated it liked it
I used to be hooked on reading Christopher Pike books like this one. Aliens!
Jan 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Way too confusing to be really good.
Sabrina Houssami
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
In three words: fun, interesting, eerie.
Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
this was my second favorite book in middle school.
Alberto Jacobo Baruqui
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ficcion, suspenso
La historia es buena pero el desenlace es estupendo. Hay que leerlo; escribir parte del tema aquí es restarle sorpresa.
La escritura es muy simple y denota un escritor aun por pulir. AJB
Cupof Tea
Aug 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
"extraterrestrial" was my best one word description of this book in junior high.
Hanelberg Bergonio
Mar 14, 2014 marked it as to-read
it is good
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Christopher Pike is the pseudonym of Kevin McFadden. He is a bestselling author of young adult and children's fiction who specializes in the thriller genre.

Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.

McFadden was born in New York but grew up in California where he stills lives in today. A college drop-out, he did factory work, painted houses and programm
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