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When the eight-year-old daughter of an Oxford College Master vanishes in the middle of the night, police turn to the Scottish nanny, Dee,

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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 2nd 2020 by Quercus
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Roman Clodia
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I loved Atkins' The Night Visitor but this one sort of fizzled out on me. There are lots of Gothic trappings but they're not really relevant to the actual story. To warm to this story you really need to engage with 8 year old Felicity, and child characters are never my favourite. Structurally, this is essentially a long police interview with the nanny, Dee, when Felicity disappears, and her short answers to the police are followed by her memories, thoughts, and wanderings so that the tale ...more
Debra
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The eight year old daughter of an Oxford College Master has gone missing. The police start to question her nanny, Dee, and through Dee’s thoughts we learn of a dysfunctional family hidden behind the facade of success.

This is an interesting and unusual book. The story is told as Dee looks back on the events leading up to Felicity’s disappearance. This isn’t a straightforward linear story but is intertwined with Dee’s thoughts on the police who are interviewing her. To begin with I found this
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Debbie Littley
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A taught and compulsively clever psychological thriller that you can’t put down!

A live-in nanny, a dysfunctional blended family, a selectively mute little girl and the hallowed grounds of Oxford University all come together with unexpected results.
All told from Dee’s p.o.v as she is being interviewed by the police about the disseverance of her employers eight year old daughter, Felicity, this is not the fastest paced thriller or the most action packed but it is full of some great characters who
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Lucy Atkins is an award-winning author, book critic and features journalist. Her new novel, The Night Visitor, is about celebrity, ambition and lies (Quercus 1 May 2017). Lucy is also the author of the novels The Other Child and The Missing One.

Lucy lives with her husband and three teenaged children in Oxford, UK and has also lived in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Boston. She reviews books for The
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