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The Visitors

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  369 ratings  ·  95 reviews
Imagine if you couldn't see
couldn't hear
couldn't speak...
Then one day somebody took your hand and opened up the world to you.

Adeliza Golding is a deafblind girl, born in late Victorian England on her father's hop farm. Unable to interact with her loving family, she exists in a world of darkness and confusion; her only communication is with the ghosts she speaks to in her h
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published 2014 by Hodder and Stoughton
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The Visitors is incredibly beautiful and captivating story that will enhance the reader’s senses. It’s tale of a young girl life, born in the Victorian, where words or language didn’t exist.

The young girl in question is Adeliza (Liza) Golding. At a tender age of 2, Liza contracted a virus that destroyed her sense of hearing and sight. Over the years Liza developed a sharp sense of touch and smell, where she taught herself to get around the family home and hop farm unaided. However with her sense
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just when i thought that every possible plot for a novel had been written, along comes this unique little gem from a debut author. Set in the hopfields of Kent, England and the battlefields of Boer War South Africa, this story is about a girl named Liza who at a young age loses both her hearing and her sight. The story wonderfully portrays the frustration of an intelligent girl who uses other faculties including scent, footsteps and the opening of doors to make sense of the world around her.

In w
Might we have another Sarah Waters in training? This is an eloquent debut novel about a Victorian deaf-mute girl who achieves more and travels farther from her Kent hop farm than anyone expected – plus she sees dead people.

Though well written, this one contains a rather strange blend of topics, places and influences. It starts off as The Miracle Worker meets M. Night Shyamalan, veers into Victorian historical fiction territory (with marked similarities to Ronald Frame’s Havisham and Sarah Waters
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
In her debut novel Rebecca Mascull has brought together so many elements I love to find in books .....

•Female Friendship
•Ghost Story
•Coming of Age
•Love Story

..... and she has spun them into a story that is both original and engaging.

It is the story of the daughter, the only child, of a hop farmer, born in late Victorian England, told from the moment of her birth.

“When I cry out and open my eyes I see a grey blur. Within it crowds a host of faces; pale and curious, they whisper and nod
"One does not need sight and hearing to be fully human, only communication."

This was a beautiful book. That's it, plain simple. Its first 5 chapters or so were just perfection, the description of a young deaf-blind girl and the way she faces the world and handles the few inputs she can get were so beautifully written that I spent two hours crying in bed the day I read them.
I had to knock a star off just because history is not really my jam and I got slighly distracted during those parts.
The endi
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This enchantingly great book is one of the best I've ever read!

I bought it with no expectations. The story sounds nice and quite different. A deaf-blind girl - not exactly your run-of-the-mill kind of topic to read!
Interesting, but also one of the reasons why I had no imagination of how a story like this might develop.

But develop it did!
The story starts with this forlorn little girl who has no way of communication.
Forlorn was a word I found striking several times while reading this book. It sou
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Rebecca Mascull’s debut novel is both original and imaginative, and full of well-researched period detail. Adeliza Golding is a deaf blind girl, born towards the end of the 19th century. Apparently doomed to a life of frustration and isolation, she has the good fortune to meet someone who has learnt how to communicate with the deaf blind. Lottie becomes her saviour and also her friend, opening out Liza’s world into one of growing horizons and fulfilling relationships. Mascull is particularly goo ...more
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Visitors is a wonderful gem of a debut by Rebecca Mascull. The prose is controlled but no less beautiful for that. The author’s eye for period detail is coupled with an unforgettable characterisation, communicated through a totally compelling voice. A gem.
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
'I know there is a land that surrounds me, but always lies just beyond my grasp. I feel its constant presence through everything everyone else can do and I cannot.'

The Visitors is an intelligent, imaginative and beautifully written debut novel which I found absorbing and really enjoyed reading. The author has created a wonderful, convincing narrator in Liza, a young deaf-blind girl, and by telling the story in her voice almost throughout, we are drawn deeply, vividly into her unique world and ab
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adeliza Golding kommt blind auf die Welt, später verliert sie dann nach einer schweren Ohrenentzündung noch ihr Gehör. So wächst sie in völliger Isolation auf, bis sie auf Charlotte trifft, einer Farmarbeiterin ihres Vaters, die ihr die Fingersprache beibringt. Von diesem Tag an saugt sie alles an Wissen auf, das ihr in die Hände kommt. Jahre später findet sich dann auch noch ein Arzt, der ihr ihr Augenlicht zurück gibt. Adeliza wächst zu einer selbstbewussten und klugen jungen Frau heran. Als d ...more
Tracy Terry
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a lovely cover. Simple and yet eye-catching, its especially perfect given the Victorian setting of the story.

Historical fiction combined with a tender love story, a murder and a good old-fashioned ghost story that, incredibly atmospheric, far from being in any way scary I actually found immensely touching. This is a wonderful debut novel by an author well worth looking out for.

The moving story of a young girls emergence into adulthood at the end of the Victorian era. I was particularly impr
Karen Mace
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr, hardback
As I adored Song of the Sea Maid, the authors' second novel, so much, I was eager to get my hands on her debut and have found it just as captivating and enthralling! There is just something about the way the author captures the female characters so perfectly, that you can't help but embrace their journeys and find it difficult to put down without the story staying in your head, and your heart!

This is the story of an extraordinary young girl, Adeliza, set in late Victorian England and her battle
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction - with ghosts. I've found that I have a love/hate relationship with ghosts in fiction. There are authors who are utterly convincing, I'm thinking Susan Hill and The Woman in Black here, and there have been times when I've taken a book and thrown it down in despair because the ghostly thing is just not happening for me. I often have the same problem with historical fiction, I struggle with unfamiliar language and often feel as though it is a barrier that stops me from immersing ...more
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Reviewed by author, K.M. Lockwood.

The Visitors has a striking cover: scarlet and slate grey silhouettes on a mottled cream vintage paper. There are hops, a ribbon across a child’s eyes and a rather lovely High Victorian font - all very suitable for the story inside.

It’s a large tale which broadens out from Adeliza’s intimate childhood in Kent to her adventures in South Africa as a young woman. The intrigue of who and what the Visitors are, and what they want spans the whole two-decade time-scal
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. It felt like I just flew through it and I was so disappointed when I finished it because I just wanted to keep reading more and more about Adeliza and her growing knowledge of the world. I'd love a sequel to this book please Ms. Mascull!

The descriptions at the beginning really helped me identify with Adeliza's blindness. This is particularly amazing as for 18 years of my life I had perfect vision, but it honestly felt like I was there with Adeliza learning to finger spell
Megan  (YABookers)
'We all seek home in the end'

I received this free from the publishers via NetGalley

Adeliza Golding is a deafblind girl born in Victoria England. She spends the first few years of her life frustrated and angry. That is, until a young woman takes her hand and starts to communicate. The only communication she had before was the Visitors she spoke to in her head. Liza friendship with Lottie and Calab leads her to travel the world and learn the truth about The Visitors.

I was really unsure whether to
Louisa Treger
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an original and beautifully written debut - a real gem of a book. Set in the hopfields of Kent and the battlefields of the Boer War in South Africa, it tells the story of Liza Golding, a deaf, blind and mute girl. Liza’s life is transformed when she meets Lottie Crowe, who is able to communicate with her by finger writing. Following an operation to restore her sight, Liza’s world begins to open up in ways she could never have imagined. The Visitors of the title are ghosts she has been ab ...more
Edward Higgins
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A remarkable debut.

With a considerable lightness of touch, Rebecca Mascull tells a story that is at once beautifully-rendered, unique and entirely engaging.

The Visitors is the story of deaf-blind-mute girl named Adeliza Golding.

Set at the start of the last century, Liza’s world is transformed when she meets Lottie Crowe, the daughter of a Whitstable oyster-farmer, who is able to communicate with her by means of finger writing. Later, following some experimental surgery, her sight is restored
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bonita historia que mezcla muchos elementos y temas distintos con gran acierto. Al principio me intrigó la portada y su sinopsis; si bien no ha sido del todo lo que esperaba, me ha dejado satisfecho.

La novela narra la historia de Liza, una chica que a los pocos años de vida, tras una enfermedad, pierde la visión y el oído. Ciertamente, durante la primera parte de la novela, la autora consigue que sientas el agobio del aislamiento de Liza, incapaz de relacionarse con las demás personas, y el aliv
Alisha Tarran
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

The Visitors is Rebecca Mascull's debut book, and what a debut it is. Intrigued as I was by the synopsis, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from The Visitors. On the one hand, it was sure to be an interesting look at the deafblind in Victorian England, a subject not much, at least to me, is known about, and I'm quite the history geek. There was also the promise of a friendship, love, adventure and a dash of war. The ghosts, however, are what threw me. Like I said, I didn't know what to expec
Dec 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my biggest fears is losing my sight. The thought of losing my vision and the ability to read and to watch my girls freaks me out even to contemplate. So when I read the above cover copy for Rebecca Mascull's debut novel The Visitors, I was immediately captured by the visual of this little girl completely cut off from sight and sound and I wondered how Mascull would portray her and let her tell her story, as from glancing at the first few pages I'd seen the book was told in Liza's first-pe ...more
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 · rating details · 56 ratings · 19 reviews
Imagine if you couldn't see, couldn't hear, couldn't speak... Then, one day, somebody took your hand and opened the world up to you.

Adeliza Golding is a deaf-blind girl, born in late Victorian England on her father's hop farm. Unable to interact with her loving family, she exists in a world of darkness and confusion; her only communication is
Janet Emson
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books, reviewed
4.5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Rebecca Mascull and this is my honest opinion of the book.

Adeliza Golding is the much wanted child of Edwin and Evangeline Golding, born after 5 other miscarriages. She is born with extreme myopia and soon looses her sight to cataracts. When she is just two years old she contracts Scarlet Fever and is left deaf as a result. Her world is closed off. She comes to cherish the interaction with her father, misbehaving and lashing out in the hope that
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Adeliza (Liza) Golding was born with little sight and when she is 3 years old, scarlet fever takes away her hearing and cataracts remove her remaining sight. She is now deafblind and mute and lives in a world of confusion and frustration. As a result, she begins to run wild and the only way to control her is to physically restrain her by tying her to a chair. Her fragile mother retires to her bedroom and has very little contact with her daughter so initially Liza’s main carers are her brutish na ...more
Angela Smith
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the debut novel of Rebecca Mascull and I have to say that I am very impressed with her writing. I chose to read and review this for the Amazon Vine program and was not disappointed. I think it is quite a hard genre to write from and produce a convincing narrative.

The story spans over twenty years in the life of a blind/deaf girl called Adeliza, it tells of how she became blind/deaf and the frustrations of her silent, dark world until someone changes her life.

However, she is never totall
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Review also posted on my blog

I don’t know if it’s possible to look at the cover and the synopsis for The Visitors and not think this book is going to be something special. Actually, Rebecca Mascull made her debut novel so much more than that. With stunning prose, The Visitors is a beautiful, moving story which I absolutely loved.

Set in Victorian times, we have the wonderful protagonist of Adeliza, who blind and deaf from a young age, wants nothing more t
Jo Barton
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In late Victorian England on her father’s hop farm, Adeliza Golding is born with very little sight. Tragically, as a three year old, and after a bout of scarlet fever, she loses her hearing and cataracts obstruct her vision even further. She becomes increasingly isolated; unable to communicate and trapped and lost in a world of darkness. Her father tries in vain to understand her, but has neither the knowledge nor the patience to overcome Liza’s disabilities.

In her darkness and confusion, Liza’
Emma Maskell
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The unexpected twists and turns of ‘The Visitors’ compel the reader on an extraordinary journey across both geographical and social boundaries. Beautifully observed, Rebecca Mascull expertly absorbs the reader in the life of an unlikely deaf-blind-mute heroin, Adeliza (Liza), as she grows through isolation to liberation, from the seeming hopelessness of her situation into the vastness of possibilities.

Set during the turn of the twentieth century the pioneering spirit of that age is infused with
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a surprising story in several respects. It defied my attempts to categorise it. The beginning reminded me of a Victorian family saga like one of my favourite books, 'The Thirteenth Tale' by D Setterfield. Then it moved into a kind of ghost story, but one where the ghosts are mainly befuddled refugees from their own lives (don't think this is a spoiler). Then it moved to Africa and graphic depictions of the Boer War. Our heroine, Liza, develops from a deaf/blind girl, with no connection t ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is mainly told from the perspective of Adeliza Golding who was born in late Victorian England on her father’s hop farm in Kent. At birth she had very little sight and by the age of three had lost her remaining sight to cataracts and an attack of scarlet fever left her with no hearing This made her both frustrated and disruptive her only friends being a group of spirits that she alone can sense. They are the Visitors of the title. However her life is transformed when Lottie comes into h ...more
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