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The Visitor

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,194 ratings  ·  288 reviews
Everyone has a secret in their past.

Everyone pretends to be something they’re not.

But someone is always watching… and that someone is closer than you think.

Holly returns to her home town after some time away – she has been through something terrible and now she needs a safe haven in which to recover, and to plan the rest of her life. She finds a room in a quiet and l
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Published March 2nd 2018 by Bookouture (first published February 27th 2018)
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Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
A new, delightfully creepy thriller from K.L. Slater

Life hasn’t exactly been a smooth road for Holly. Running away from what was left of her family, searching for a better life. Problem is, she’s running smack into more trouble than she could have ever imagined.
But right now, she’s simply hoping for the chance to put everything behind her and lead a normal life. A chance meeting with sweet, elderly Cora gives her the opportunity she’d been looking for. Cora has kindly extended a helpin
Susanne  Strong
3 Stars.

Holly is a woman with a past which haunts her. Now she returns to her home town with an agenda. Finding a place to live is easy. A woman named Cora takes her in. Little does Holly know, Cora has secrets too. David, Cora’s next door neighbor lives with his mother. He keeps tabs on everyone in the neighborhood. He even has cameras setup outside of his home (not that anyone knows that) and he also fills a notebook with everyone’s daily activities. It’s kind of like a neighborhood watch to t
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 Secret filled stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

Holly is escaping from something, but what? David won’t go out at night, but why? Secrets, secrets, and even more secrets..... this was a character driven, slow burning, thrill of a book.....

Holly is running from her past, trying to start a new life, but her past is not done with her.... David is a grown man who likes routine and Rules... he also feels it is his duty to protect himself and the neighborhood.... he is vigilant and keeps constant surveillance....

Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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3.5 stars

"Everyone has a secret in their past."

Holly has returned to her hometown after being away for several years. When she was younger she ran away with a friend in hopes of starting a new life. After years away, Holly is back, and she rents a room from a lonely widow named Cora and quickly finds a job and has hopes of building a future.

Cora is happy to have Holly living with her. She is a widow and is lonely living by herself. She is happy to have someone to talk with and look after. Cora a
Holly  B (semi-hiatus until Nov)
Grab your coffee and get ready for a completely entertaining and captivating novel!

K.L. Slater has become one of my favorite authors that I can depend on for a great story with some jaw dropping twists and a satisfying end! This is my favorite type of psychological thriller. Just plain fun. I never have to worry about overly graphic scenes or gory descriptions with her novels.

This one is well plotted with interesting characters.  I wouldn't say it is fast-paced or unputdownable , BUT it is one t
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Visitor by K.L. Slater is a psychological thriller that once I began reading I found very hard to put down. Having read several other books by this author I was not at all surprised to find once again wonderful writing that pulled me right into the story.

The story starts off with introducing David who is a bit of a loner with a lot of issues still living with his mother at forty. Usually keeping himself shut away other than to go to his job at a local department store as a parking attendant
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: ...she was in no rush. She could wait.

When Holly was prepared to open up a bit and trust her with her personal history, then Cora would tell her the truth.

That was, the truth about what Harold was really like.

Not the other truth.

She didn’t intend telling anyone about that until she'd made up her mind exactly what to do.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Everyone has a secret in their past.

Everyone pretends to be something they’re not.

But someone is always watching… and that someone is closer than y
Linda Strong
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holly is back in her hometown .... almost penniless, homeless. At her wits end, crying, not knowing where to turn, fate takes a turn. An elderly lady, Cora, takes pity on the girl and invites her to stay at her home until she gets on her feet again. Cora loves having the company with someone to talk to and Holly feels safe for the first time in a long time.

Cora's next door neighbor, David, is what most people would call an odd ball. He's certainly different. Forty years old and he's afraid of th
Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
I was lost in the shadows of the trees in the murky coulee with three of my Traveling Sisters reading The Visitor.

The Visitor is a fast, easy and entertaining story that started off a little slow for us but still kept us interested enough to turn the pages.

K.L. Slater does a good job creating mysterious characters here with our main characters Holly and David. Both characters had us feeling a little uneasy with one who is always watching and the other one pretending to be someone they are not.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 5th novel I have read by author K.L. Slater and have found them all very entertaining and extremely well written. This psychological thriller was no different and was so very close to getting a 5 star rating off me. The book was instantly readable and in fact I hadn't planned to read it this weekend but once started I couldn't put it down. Excellent characters, full of suspense and so well paced it is a must read for anyone who like psychological thrillers.

Holly is the 'visitor' havi
The Visitor by K.L.Slater is a psychological thriller that is bound to be well received. This is the fifth psychological thriller by this author, and the fourth book I have read… and her novels just get better and better. This is a fabulous read, that will reel you in …one line at a time…

Everyone has a secret in their past.

Everyone pretends to be something they’re not.

But someone is always watching… and that someone is closer than you think.

Holly Newman is a “visitor” following a bad experien
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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The Visitor by K.L. Slater is a psychologist thriller that has you on the edge of your seat. It has plenty of twists and turns and keeps you guessing until the end. Holly has had a bad time in Manchester and returns to the place she grew up to make a new life for herself. She meets Cora, who gives her a room in her house because Cora is lonely and wants some company. Cora's next door neighbour is David who still lives with his mother. David is a nervous person who doesn't like to go out and spen ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free e-copy of The visitor by K.L. Slater from Netgalley for my review. A psychological thriller that will keep you guessing. A young woman, Holly who lived in a town with her Aunt and his boyfriend. Holly couldn't stand to be around her Aunt's boyfriend any long and decided to leave town with her friend Markus to Manchester. She wanted nothing more than an fresh start. Holly once thought life with her Aunt was rough, never fitting in at school, always being the odd one out, etc. No ...more
Louise Wilson
Everyone has a secret in their past. Everyone pretends to be something they're not.

Holly returns to her home town after some time away - she has been through something terrible and now she needs a safe haven in which to recover. She finds a room in the quiet suburban street, in the home of Cora Barrett. David lives next door to Cora and he sees everything that happens on Baker Crescent. David stays at home and watches, he does not like to leave the house. He wants to keep his friends and neighb
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
This was once again a truly 'unputdownable' book for me.
This author has been one of the ones I eagerly follow all over Social Media anticipating her every new release.

I would have written my review sooner however, I've a lot taking up my time at the moment and decided to write this later, so although I say I am eager to read it, yes I did, right away, but slower at presenting my thoughts on it.


She has lived away from her home town for a while now.
I loved reading why she left and what her
Sarah Joint
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I am a big fan of K.L. Slater, so I was really looking forward to picking this one up and even happier to read it as a group. It kept me reading and wondering, but the ending went off the rails a bit for me. There is some nice suspense going on here, but I ended up having a hard time buying all of the big finale.

Holly never wanted to move back to the smaller town she grew up in, but after life in the big city doesn't work out quite so well, she has returned. Relying on the kindness of others, s
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 unfortunately for me dull stars

Sometimes thrillers pull you in at the get go. Sometimes, they have a slow burn that has you turning pages into the night. However, sometimes, they just are plain dull and make the reader feel they need to make quantum leaps of believably. Unfortunately, this book was of the latter type.

Holly is a young woman who left home because of a step father making unwarranted advances. She and her friend, Marcus, have made plans to go to another city where a promise of j
Angela Marsons
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! Each book I read from this author just gets better and better. I have loved them all but there was something intensely creepy about the secrets being kept by all the main characters. As ever the characters were drawn brilliantly and could have been people living in my street. I especially warmed to David and felt connected to him throughout the narrative. The story moves along at an amazing pace constantly teasing me to follow to get the answers that the author has skilfully posed ...more
Mandy White
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Wow... that ending blew me away! I could not wait to read this book after enjoying all of KL Slaters other book.

Holly left Nottingham 10 years ago.. and thought she would never return. But life in Manchester did not quite go the way she planned and something terrible happened to her. She has returned and is a visitor staying with Cora.

Cora's neighbour David is a bit different... he is 40 years old and still lives at home with his mother. After an incident a few years ago he no longer likes to le
Keep your seatbelts fastened, this roller coaster is about to leave the platform and the ride ahead is filled with twists, turns, shocking revelations and deviously dark secrets. K.L. Slater’s THE VISITOR is a story of secrets, lies and the machinations of twisted minds. Are people really as they seem on the surface? Could evil be hiding behind the face of a seemingly sweet girl who had had a rough life? Could it be hiding behind the troubled man whose focus is on “watching” the world, his neigh ...more
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Holly escapes her past from Manchester and and arrives back in her hometown 10 years later where she boards with Cora. Cora’s neighbor David is a 40 year old who still lives with his mom. He works as a part time car park attendant and the rest of the afternoon watches people in his neighborhood. Holly and David strike an odd friendship where each have their secrets that they want protected for if revealed can have deadly results.

The Visitor was a slow building psychological thriller with a compl
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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You know those books that hook you from page one, that instant interest, the feeling that you won’t be able to stop reading until you have all of the answers? Slater writes those type of books, you are well and truly engaged immediately despite having NO idea what will happen next. It’s always unexpected and always entreating! The Visitor is no exception and Slater is definitely on my auto buy authors list, she writes one hell of a psychological thriller.

Holly is the visitor the title alludes to
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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4.5 stars.
The story flicks between Holly and David. Holly’s chapters go back and forth from past to present so that the story builds up to events that happened as a teenager. We know something happened as she seems to be running scared but we don’t know quite what. I really liked Holly as she is obviously wanting to get her life back on track and I was willing for everything to turn out right for her.

David is very much an odd ball. I didn’t know quite what to make of him. He has done something i
♛ Garima ♛
Well I am kind of proud myself for finishing this. At 70% I lost the will to finish this....

This started out really great. I was so excited till 40%. then I reached to 50-60-70% ?? still no significant improvements - huh?

Last 10% was exciting but by the time, I either guessed all the twists or stopped caring.

I like to think that there was potential in the story but somehow execution failed. Regardless, I see myself reading Slater in the future so there is something there I am ready to further
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
According to merriam-webster's definition of a THRILLER
one that thrills, especially a work of fiction designed to hold the interest, by the use of high degree of intrigue, suspense, or adventure
I will go one step further, merriam-webster defines PSYCHOLOGICAL as
directed toward the will or toward the mind specifically in its conative function
Join the two, then you get
A work of fiction, directed towards the mind, designed to hold the interest by the use of high degree of intrigue or suspense.
Joanne Robertson
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan of K.L. Slater! She always manages to make the twistiest of twists work so well in her books and does so with a side order of relish! I really don’t know how she does it but she always ends up fooling me not just once but often twice or more! I am always on the look out for her next psychological thriller to get my fix cos this woman really rocks her twists!!!

There are three main characters here and they take turns with telling the story, each hiding secrets and all unreliable nar
Book Addict Shaun
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have found K.L. Slater’s books to be a bit hit and miss when it comes to my enjoyment of them. I am so glad to say that The Visitor was a huge HIT. I loved it and couldn’t read quick enough to see how everything would conclude.

The suspense in The Visitor is fantastic. The setting is well-imagined to the point where it was somewhere I really wouldn’t want to live. As somebody who enjoys my own company, I’ve often joked about wishing I lived in a village where I could lock myself away and read
Renita D'Silva
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One word - spectacular! This author gets better and better with every book. This book had me on tenterhooks and there were times I forgot to breathe. The author is adept at creating flawed characters who you root for despite knowing they are not to be trusted. She is a master of creating tense, pacy plots where nothing is as it seems and in this book she has exceeded the high standards she set in her previous books. Brilliant! An amazing, addictive, thrilling, unputdownable, fabulous read.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
"If you do a really good job, it’s amazing how people around you will start believing in the person who isn’t really you."

Intriguing, huh? I’m sure we’re all familiar with wearing a mask from time to time, pretending to be someone we’re not or pretending to feel absolutely fabulous when we’re actually feeling incredibly low. But who is not who they are portraying themselves to be in this story? And why?

I really like K.L. Slater’s books so I was pretty darn excited when the opportunity to read th
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