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In 2024, a mystery virus ravages the entire world. 'Bat Fever' is highly contagious and a hundred per cent lethal.

A cottage tucked away in an isolated Norfolk village seems like the ideal place to sit out a catastrophic pandemic, but some residents of Hincham resent the arrival of Jack, Sarah and their friends, while others want to know too much about them.

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Whispering Stories
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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A Pandemic! What could be more topical?

The Visitor is a stark reminder of how things could spiral out of control. The opening chapters take us through the lives of four friends Jack, Sarah, Daisy, and Rexy who have been friends since their university days. A Bat Virus pandemic hits the world and some of them end up in a cottage in a Norfolk village, which had a fully stocked luxury bunker. The residents of the village are not all pleased to have Sarah an
Barb Taub
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Years ago I was on a cross-country flight. It was before individual screens for each seat, and the in-flight movie came on. As proof of serious drug problems in the airline industry, the movie chosen was Cast Away, which begins with one of the most terrifying plane crash scenes ever filmed. At one point, the movie stopped due to turbulence and the captain came on to make a safety announcement. Then the plane crash scene continued. As I listened to my fellow passengers complain and even sob, I wo ...more
Cathy Ryan
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The year is 2024, four years after the coronavirus pandemic, when the world is hit with a far deadlier virus. There was no way back from this one, it was fatal. If you caught it you died, unless you were one of the lucky ones who were vaccinated. At least in 2020 people still had their home comforts and there was a good recovery rate. This was a whole different ball game, bringing death and destruction on a massive scale. For those who survived, life was a struggle fraught with danger.

Before the
Judith Barrow
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A post-apocalyptic murder mystery describes this cross genre book perfectly, with greater emphasis on the murder mystery. Yet, without the background on the post-apocalyptic world, this story would not be as strong as it is. The isolation of the village and its people, the lack of any outside authoritative representation, the fear of the murders vying with the deadly virus, are all layered through every setting of this novel.

In every review I have written of Terry Tyler’s work I have admired her
Elizabeth Lloyd
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Four years after Covid-19 there is a far worse pandemic. “Bat fever” kills so many people that soon there is civil disorder. Tipping Point, the original book in the Project Renova series was written by Terry Tyler over 3 years ago. The Visitor is set in this version of 2024 England, but you can easily read it as a stand-alone.
Jack looks back fondly to his college days when he shared a house with three other students. The four have kept in touch and now as their everyday lives fall apart, perhaps
Stephanie Jane
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I'd enjoyed reading the whole of Terry Tyler's dystopian Project Renova series so, when I heard about this new addition, The Visitor, I was intrigued to find out how the novel would fit within the existing PR world and also how writing during a pandemic might have influenced Tyler's vision. I loved that Tyler chose to make The Visitor primarily a crime fiction story. I felt that this gave it a distinctive atmosphere and identity so, while it
Deborah Swift
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story is set in a dystopian future after the onset of 'bat flu', a pandemic that causes widespread death. As society begins to break down people head away from the cities and out to the countryside, looking for a safer place to stay. The quiet village of Hincham seems ideal. and soon four refugees arrive in search of a place to call home. There's also the distinct advantage that Sarah's Uncle Jerry built a bunker there, a properly prepped hideout for just such an eventuality.

Avalon, Sarah, J
G. Lawrence
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! The dystopian setting made the murder, or rather multiple murder, mystery all the more creepy since there was no telling whodunnit and no help to ask for from authorities like police etc. I was kept guessing until the end and I got the killer wrong, which I love in murder mysteries. I always feel a little flat if I actually get it right!

Ms Tyler's dystopian world evolves in this book, showing the horrors within horrors, not only in the world of the future where all has fallen
Sally Cronin
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am familiar with the world that Terry Tyler has created following the virus of 2024 which has decimated the UK population, and have enjoyed all the books in the series and the spinoffs.

Although the the world is therefore not unknown, there is an added twist to the sense of fear and foreboding that is felt by the survivors in this book. It is not just the ‘Bat Fever’ they have to be afraid of. Taking advantage of the situation is a serial killer, remorseless and without mercy, working their way
Valerie Poore
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This latest book by Terry Tyler is a rollicking good read and a compelling look at how a serial killer in their midst can unravel the trust built up in a small community already in crisis. I think the concept would have succeeded just as well in a different crisis setting, and for myself I would have preferred that as I think after this pandemic year, I'm all done with post-apocalyptic stories. In fact, it took me a while before I could face reading it. However, the more I read, the more I appre ...more
Carl Rackman
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Terry Tyler has been mining a rich seam of post-apocalyptic ideas in recent months, producing a seemingly inexhaustible supply of frighteningly prescient books set in a plausible, nightmarish Britain.

After successive trilogies spanning sixty years following the bat flu pandemic, The Visitor places us back in the era of Tipping Point, her introductory book charting the initial spread of the virus and the experiences of a group of survivors struggling to cope with the inexorable slide into post-ci
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I realise reading about a deadly virus during a global pandemic might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it certainly gives perspective. The 2024 virus in The Visitor has basically said to Covid-19, “Hold my beer”, which is as good a reason as any to read on. I mean did any of us believe a year ago that we’d be in the position we are today? Of course not! So, with that in mind – and knowing there’s a vaccine on its way – I’m putting dystopian fiction back in the bottle.

Let’s set the scene: it’s 20
Dec 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
edit: changed from 3 to 1 star because the author harasses reviewers, and you don't want to deal with that :)

content warning for so many things (all the typical you'd expect in a pandemic post-apocalypse as well as domestic violence, victim blaming, harmful portrayals of mental illness, sexism, etc.)

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I struggled rating this book, because although it was an intriguing read and interesting concept, there we
Keven Brooks
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First off, although this story in based in the ‘Project Renova’ time of previous books by the author you can safely read this book as a standalone novel. The story centres around the outbreak of the bat flu and a small village in Norfolk which contains people who have lived there all their lives and two groups who have arrived because of the outbreak. As with previous novels by the author The Visitor is written as a collection of journal entries by various characters which I really enjoy as it g ...more
Jessica Belmont
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Terry Tyler, so when I had the opportunity to read The Visitor, I didn’t think twice. Of course, this is a post-apocalyptic novel that I decided to read in the middle of a global pandemic, which was an interesting thrill ride! Maybe I just like scaring myself, but I loved this book.
The Visitor is a standalone, murder mystery, set in a post-apocalyptic world. Terry Tyler is an incredible writer. She has this ability to draw the reader in as part of the story. It was so easy f
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A truly compelling read, surreal, scary & enthralling, yet another great book from Terry Tyler.
Sue Bavey
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a Kindle version of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

‘The Visitor’ is a post-apocalyptic murder mystery set in 2024 against a backdrop of a bat-flu pandemic. This lethal pandemic was first introduced in ‘Tipping Point’ the first novel by this author in her ‘Project Renova’ series. I haven’t read that series yet, but ‘The Visitor’ works well as a stand-alone story, since the whole bat-flu epidemic is outlined in the opening chapters.

Before I began reading ‘The Visito
Bee Jay
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I know, I know. You're thinking 'why would anyone want to read this kind of story right now?' Call me crazy, but I find them weirdly comforting. And, as the author's notes say; although this book takes place during a major pandemic, the pandemic itself isn't the point; it's just the reason the rest of the plot happens.

I'd love to read the companion series (is this the companion title? Not really sure which way it works...) as this plague is creepy and fantastically well written. I absolutely ex
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Visitor by Terry Tyler is a post-apocalyptic murder mystery that gradually evolves into a suspenseful psychological thriller. It's set in the same world as the Project Renova series but is a stand-alone novel, and has some quirky new characters and a wild plot that kept me guessing till the end. Tyler has an amazing talent for writing stories that are always unputdownable. Can't wait for the next one! ...more
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I am self-published and proud to be so, and have twenty-two books on Amazon. My latest release is The Visitor, a post-apocalyptic murder mystery set in the same world as my Project Renova series, but a separate story, with new characters.

I am currently at work on Megacity, the third and final book in the dystopian Operation Galton series, and the follow up Wasteland and Hope.

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