The Night Visitor
'Horribly, horribly compulsive. Brilliant' Fiona Barton
How far would you go to save your reputation? The stunning new noir thriller from the author of the bestselling The Missing One and The Other Child. Perfect for fans of Into the Water and Lie With Me.
Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presen...more
Olivia Sweetman is a successful and attractive History professor who has started making a name for herself on television. She is struggling to maintain her professional life whilst managing her home life with her husband and three children.
Vivian is the socially awkward and solitary housekeeper at Ileford Manor, where she is caretaker of the house and it's possessions whilst her employer is in a care home.
One day a flyer falls through Olivia's letterbox which p ...more
Olivia Sweetman is a beautiful wife and mother with a successful career as a historian. Her career is about to skyrocket with the debut of her first book, Anabel, which is guaranteed to make the best seller list. However, this book only came to be with the help of Vivian Test ...more
I was immediately swept up into the world of Olivia Sweetman, a wife and mother of three, a successful career woman and author of a new bestseller titled Anabel. The book is based on a Victorian diary of Annabel Burley whose personal life is sensational and who paved the way for women in the medical field.
Enter the not so elegant Vivian, who is socially awkward, lonely, plain and bitterly jealous. She is the private secretary, manager, housekeeper, caretaker, and trustee of Manor Ileford. She al ...more
How many steps does it actually take to keep a great distance between deceit and frenetic lies? Truth be told, never ever enough foot action.
Olivia Sweetman seems to be having it all. She is wife to David, author and psychologist, mother to three active children, and a very successful history professor known far and wide on the TV circuit. She has a home in London, a family farm, and vacations in the south of France. Not much lacking here. Li ...more
Olivia Sweetman has the perfect life. She has three kids, a wonderful husband and two homes. She is a well know historian and will soon be publishing a book titled Anabel. The book is based on a Victorian diary of Anabel Burley who confesses to murdering her husband.
Vivian is the one who found the diary and secretly brought it to Olivia’s attention. Oh god, Vivian is straightup MESSY BOOTS. She’s socially awkward and jus ...more
Told alternatively between Olivia, highly successful, hiding a secret and Vivian, her “research assistant” who knows many things and is hiding her own, the relationship between these two, how ...more
Olivia Sweetman has the perfect life! She has three children, a supportive husband, and two homes (don't we all wish we had two homes! lol). Olivia has just published a book title Anabel which is based on a Victorian diary of Anabel Burley who murdered her husband.
Then we have Vivian who "secretly" brought the diary to Olivia's attention. Oh my goodness is Vivian a hot mess haha. She is quite the opposite of Olivia... she's socially ...more
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Two gripping lead characters, intrigue like you wouldn't believe and a plot that's like standing on a rug, having your feet pulled out from it, smacking your head as you hit the floor and then sitting dazed on the floor as you realise what the consequences of that ending actually are.
Oh and the beetles.....brrrrrr...you'll be scratching half way through but the beetles are there as a very interesting part of the plot.
Very v ...more
The character and relationship development (amazing) along with scenery descriptions fit seamlessly into the story. I didn't realize how much I liked the writing and format until I was halfway through the book. It alternates between Olivia and Vivian and past and present. New information is revealed every chapter.
The two ma ...more
Professor Olivia Sweetman is a historian, teacher, writer, popular and plausible to all who know her. She's well dressed, attractive, mother to three children and wife to David, a writer whose star is fading as he struggles to write a follow up to his first successful book. Vivian Tester is a nobody. 60 years old, spinster, bulky, frumpy and altoge ...more
While Olivia Sweetman should be riding high on the massive success of her latest book, she is acting strange ...more
Professor Olivia Sweetman has the perfect life - she has 3 kids and wonderful husband. She is a TV presenter and a well respected historian. Now she is launching her best selling book based on the Victorian diary of Annabel Burley. Her secrets and deceits are threatening to be exposed - just how far will she go to protect her reputation?
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Atkins has created a gripping page-turner of a book as academic historian turned TV eye candy (I loved that she's been invited to take part in Strictly!) Olivia finds her life collapsing on all fronts: her marriage is under pressure, her teenage son is troubled, and now her scholarly reputation might end up in tatters. On the other side, we have the sli ...more
Although the story itself is centred primarily around the two main characters of Olivia Sweetman & Vivian Tester, there was never a dull moment, and I couldn't help but turn the page to see where the story would lead.
The two women are on opposite ends of the spectrum, both privately and professionally. Olivia Sweetman is riding the crest of the wave, a historian with TV deals and a book about to break the best seller lists, w ...more
The characters of Olivia and Vivian were intruiging and so compelling to read about. Vivian is chilling and the author gives a sinister insight into a damaged mind.
Lucy Atkins is able to capture the emotions of these two women with very clever writing.
I read this in a matter of days, as I just had to find out more about these two women and how their stories would turn out.
I would recommend this book to a ...more
The story centres around the points of view of Olivia and the 60 year old housekeeper, Vivian, who has helped her with research for her latest book. And as the release date approaches then Olivia starts to realise that the ...more
Oh my goodness! The Night Visitor is just my kind of read. I love a psychological thriller and The Night Visitor has every element that I adore, from almost Gothic symbolism to characters that put me in mind of some of the most damaged women in literature such as Dickens’ Miss Havisham and Du Maurier’s Mrs Danvers.
I so want to mention specific images or phrases but I know that this will spoil ...more
Lucy reviews books for The Sunday Times and has written for newspapers such as The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, the T.L.S, and many magazines. She has also wri ...more