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Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks -- 'a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. ...more
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Blackstone Publishing
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Beth I just finished this book last night, and I completely agree with you. I thought it was such a great story idea, but the ending fell short for me. I…moreI just finished this book last night, and I completely agree with you. I thought it was such a great story idea, but the ending fell short for me. I want to know what happened to Nora, but I do not know if I could invest the time in another book.(less)
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Deanna
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

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Right off I knew this was going to be an emotional read. We are told in the description that “ a terrible secret is discovered -- a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown .”

Nora has noticed that she’s not as happy with teaching as she used to be. It used to energize her and she felt lucky to be able to do what she did. However, now the large class sizes and government requirements ha
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Debra
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Nora Brown is a married High School English teacher with a six year old daughter. One day after class she sees a young girl's luminous face floating above a desk. She is alarmed and scared as most people would be. Questions go through her mind: Is she crazy? Is this from stress? Is this even real? She attempts to continue with her life and then, while away with her husband and daughter, she sees the face again but this time the girl tells her to "Remember the Valentine's Dress". Now she is reall ...more
Ashley
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, netgalley
Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.

Thank you to Blackstone Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel.

Just look at this cover! I’ll admit, I was totally judging this book by its gorgeous cover, hoping the story inside would be as exciting as it sounded from the blurb. I was not disappointed in the least. The Night Child has everything I look for in books – twisty, deeply emotional, and boasting a strong storyline.

Though this is Anna Quinn’s debut novel, she is no novi
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Julie Christine
A sense of quiet dread pervades this delicately-structured narrative, like a fierce current running underneath a dark, thin layer of ice. In her powerful debut, Anna Quinn crafts a startling story of Nora, a middle-aged woman waking to truth of her own life.

The awakening begins with Nora's vision of a young girl with piercing blue eyes. Her very innocence is a clarion bell of terror for Nora, a high school teacher and mother to six-year-old Fiona. Who is this child and why has she come? What is
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Selene
A fractured mind. Old scars. Emotional trauma. This book's synopsis pretty much gives the entire story away, but this book was nicely written and flowed easily. Some of the content (view spoiler) was difficult to read about but this author made those scenes seem plausible and believable without eroticizing or glorifying it. None of the characters (including the narrator) were particularly likable but this story firmly held my attention.

▣ Overall, thi
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Pamela Small
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Last updated on 26 Jul 2017

THE NIGHT CHILD is a masterfully written journey into the dark recesses of an abused woman's mind. It is a page turner...until it isn't due to the need to take a break from the intensity of the storyline. The literary writing is lyrical and beautiful, in sharp contrast to the awful and ugly story, which is no easy feat. Quinn writes with such aplomb; she delicately expounds on this sensitive subject as she exposes the protagonist's heart, mind, and soul. The char
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Linda
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Anna Quinn (the author), Blackstone Publishing, and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy of The Night Child. I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I would have given this book 10 stars if I could. What an incredible debut novel. I read this book in a day and a half I couldn't put it down and ended up turning my phone off so I could read interruption free. The writing is excellent, I have read books that deal with child abuse, but this book was exceptional ...more
Sue
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This debut novel grabbed my attention and didn't let go. Nora Brown, wife, mother of a six year old girl, and high school English teacher and Department head, is disturbed one day, sitting in her classroom after the students have gone, by the appearance of a young girl's face in the air before her. Two days later, a similar event occurs, but there is also a child's voice.

Needless to say, Nora is worried, has various medical and neurological exams and ultimately is advised to see a psychiatrist.
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Carolyn
I really enjoyed reading this very accomplished debut novel exploring the mind of a middle-aged woman who has been secrets from herself about trauma experienced in childhood.
The main character, Nora Brown is a high school English teacher in Seattle, married to a successful businessman and mother to a six year old daughter. Her path to mental breakdown starts at the end of a tiring day in the classroom, with a vision of a young girl floating in the air. After a second vision of the same child, a
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Lori Lamothe
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nora has just finished teaching a high school English class when a face with startling blue eyes appears above the desks. She’s not sure if she’s losing her mind or has seen a ghost. In a sense both possibilities are true and as the story continues readers begin to understand why. William Faulkner said, “The past isn’t dead, it isn’t even past” and that statement definitely applies to Quinn’s debut novel. It’s not an easy book because of the subject matter—sexual abuse, mental illness, alcoholis ...more
Emma Leeworthy
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of 'The Night Child' in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Anna Quinn and Blackstone Publishing.

Wow. What an incredible debut novel. I'm going to be thinking about this one for months...

Nora Brown is a teacher. A floating face appears in her classroom one afternoon and then again at home the following day. Filled with terror, she meets with neurologists and then psychologists to try and work out why she is hallucinating. Her sessions with the psychologist help her t
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Stacey Camp
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Anna Quinn (the author), Blackstone Publishing, and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy of The Night Child. I rated a solid 4 stars.

First off, this book needs a trigger warning. It contains sexual violence and child abuse, including fairly graphic descriptions of both. If this is not your type of book, make sure to pass on it given its content.

When I read the premise of the book, I thought it sounded unique (and I had no idea it involved sexual violence/child abuse from the descr
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Linda Strong
3.5 STARS


THE NIGHT CHILD is the story of an incredible journey made by a middle-aged high school teacher. She's not too concerned with the sudden headaches she has developed, but when she sees the floating face of a very young girl she believes she may be losing her mind. It only gets worse when she's feeling fearful about things that she has no reason to.

With a husband who is seeing another woman and her own fear reaction for her 6-year-old daughter, she decides to see a therapist. With his hel
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Carol
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
THE NIGHT CHILD is a penetrating and, at times, disturbing novel. The main character, Nora is a high school English teacher, married and the mother of a 6 year old daughter. The novel begins slowly and builds in complexity when one day Nora sees an apparition of a young girl through a window. As the novel progresses, we accompany Nora through painful childhood flashbacks until layers are peeled away to reveal the source of her hallucinations.

This is a well-written book and an intense read…a rea
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Erin Clemence
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free electronic ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
“The Night Child” by Anna Quinn begins with Nora, a high school English teacher living in Seattle with her husband and six year old daughter, Fiona. During class one day, Nora begins to see the image of a young child’s face hovering in the back of her classroom, chilling Nora to her core. The face continues to haunt her dreams and her waking life, and when it begins to speak to
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Maranda
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
To ESCAPE is to slip away from threatened evil. Anna Quinn does an amazing telling of how Nora Brown uses this method to overcome an abusive childhood. A TRIGGER like in a gun initiates a reaction that in this novel causes suppressed memories to sift to the surface. Intense telling of a teacher who seeks therapy after a vision of a child appears. Story started a bit slow but eventually resulted in prose that caused tears and physical discomfort to finish. With so many psychological works availab ...more
Louise Marley
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Night Child is an unforgettable read, one of those books to keep and return to again and again. Quinn writes lovely, lucid prose, and though the subject is a dark one--riveting, in truth, and heart-rending--the novel manages to leave the reader full of hope. I love the character of Nora, and of Margaret, too--in fact, all the characters come alive in this short novel. I don't often read a book straight through in a day, but this one I couldn't put down. Highly recommended.
Rene Denfeld
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anna Quinn's first novel is a wondrous journey into the heart of survival, and our power to save our own lives. Quinn plumbs the mysteries of dissociation with lyrical courage, examining the tender line between our past and present. This is a remarkable book, full of healing and redemption.
Dayna
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow!!!! My favourite read so far this year. Firstly, thanks for the advanced copy. What a surprise this book was. It took me down a road I was not expecting!

I don't like putting spoilers in my reviews but in order for me to indicate why I loved this book so much, I will probably have a spoiler or two in here. Being a person who has experienced a dysfunctional and abusive childhood, I appreciate the accuracy in which Quinn has woven a story around this subject matter in a very relatable s
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Peter Quinn
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As Anna’s husband, I know I’m biased but I’ve also watched her craft this marvelous story, read the different versions, experienced this book in ways I think are important and universal. There is a risk that readers will assume The Night Child will appeal primarily to women. I believe there is an urgent need for men to read it.

I encourage men especially, to read The Night Child and gain an emotional understanding of these difficult issues. Intellectual understanding is not enough. Although it w
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Caroline Vincent
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nora Brown, an English teacher, is happily married to Paul and they have a six-year-old daughter, Fiona. Nora leads a perfect life, you would say, until she is suddenly confronted by an image of a beautiful young girl with “startling blue eyes” … and fate, at last, confronts her with her past.

| Introduction |

It is almost time for their little family’s annual Thanksgiving holiday on the Washington Coast when Nora Brown, sitting in her now empty class room, experiences something frightening: a wh
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Bam
*Somewhere on the spectrum between 3 and 4 stars. Another book that is hard to rate because it hits hard where it hurts--in your heart. This book should come with a warning label that states it deals with disturbing topics in a frank and graphic manner. I was not aware of the uncomfortable subject matter when I requested an arc from NetGalley and began reading. Even the publisher's synopsis does not really reveal what lies in store. So be forewarned....

Having said all that, I think Anna Quinn sh
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David Hulegaard
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
By all accounts, Nora Brown lives an ordinary life. She’s an English teacher, wife, and mother, going about her days in a late nineties, Clinton-era world. However, after an unexplained encounter with a child’s spectral face floating before her, Nora’s psyche begins to fracture. Soon, a hidden, gut-wrenching past locked away inside her mind for decades comes to light.

Author Anna Quinn does a fantastic job taking the reader along on Nora’s introspective journey. Thanks to Quinn’s lyrical narratio
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Char
THE NIGHT CHILD is the dark and moving debut novel from Anna Quinn. I feel like I should include a trigger warning, but on the other hand, a trigger warning gives you a heads up as to what is going to happen and I think it's best to let the author tell the story as she intended. Just be aware that there are very disturbing elements within.

I'm not going to run down the entire plot for you, but it begins with Nora, a high school English teacher, seeing an hallucination of a face with startling bl
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Donna Davis
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anna Quinn is a brave writer. This wrenching debut novel occupies a place in literature that has lain dormant for decades; kudos to Quinn for bringing dark business out into the light of day for a good airing. I received my review copy free and early thanks to Net Galley and Blackstone Publishers. It will be available to the public January 30, 2018.

Nora is a high school teacher and the mother of a small child; her marriage is coming undone. Her mental health is a little on the shaky side, and sh
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Karen Sullivan
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In his book Slow Reading in a Hurried Age, author David Mikics says, "A good book dawns on us, and within us, with gradual sweetness and strength." This describes my experience with Anna Quinn's powerful debut novel, The Night Child. Set in Chicago, Seattle and Ireland, its characters are superbly drawn and scenes are startlingly vivid, but as the suspense ratcheted up, I could no longer read slowly. In fact, I could not sleep and had to finish it all in one go. Even afterward, I could not stop ...more
Kaci Cronkhite
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Powerful. Infuriating. Brave. Painful. Redeeming. 

It’s been nearly a week since I waded, somewhat cautiously, into a review copy of Anna Quinn’s short, powerful, debut novel, The Night Child. The lucid prose swept me up into the tragic life of Nora. The middle chapters, with Margaret, were a complete surprise. Took me back to the 70’s and Sybil. The end left me reeling, hoping to God that part was real. Please! My heart ached for the other “children waiting for us to save them,” Quinn addressed
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Marialyce
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
For some women and men, sexual abuse as a child was/is a common practice. They can be abused by their husbands, boyfriends/girlfriends. family members, and people who are in authority relationships with the person. For Nora Brown, who feels her world is falling apart, can't understand why she is seeing visions of a young blue eyed child. She is a successful high school English teacher who starts to realize she is hallucinating. Thinking herself to be losing her mind, she finally seeks out help t ...more
Arabicbeauty *BookBabe*
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Anna Quinn and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy of The Night Child. This novel tugged at my heart strings..I read this book in a day and a half I couldn't put it down. I have read many books on the topic of child abuse, but the author of The Night Child did such a wonderful job on describing the damage that it can do to you physically and emotionally.

The Night Child is an emotional journey into the main character Nora Brown's life, the secrets that she has kept not only from h
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Janet
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The Night Child is an emotional journey into a recessed memory of a young woman's childhood. Nora is an English teacher who starts to suffer with really bad headaches. She thinks she starting to have visions of a little girl with piercing blue eyes. This of course frightens her and she shares her worries with her husband who fairly instantly dismisses it all out of hand. Nora is a mother and has an eight year old daughter who she is fiercely protective of. Dressing almost in an androgynous manne ...more
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Anna Quinn is a writer, teacher, and the owner of The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Bookstore in Port Townsend, WA. She has thirty years of experience teaching and leading writing workshops across the country. Anna’s first novel, “The Night Child”, published by Blackstone was released Jan. 30th, 2018. Order here: https://www.amazon.com/Night-Child-No...
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