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The Night Visitor

Narrated by: Helen Lloyd, Julia Franklin
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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"A complex, creepy, and insidious novel about ambition." (The Guardian)

"Readers of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn will love it." (LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review)

"Fascinating, brilliant, creepy." (Good Housekeeping)

If you had the perfect life...how far would you go to protect it?

Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life of her dreams, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children, and a talented husband.

Only one other person knows that Olivia's perfect life is in fact a desperate tangle of lies: Vivian Tester, the socially awkward, middle-aged housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary of a pioneering female surgeon on which Olivia's new biography is based.

In a gripping narrative that shifts between London, Sussex, and the idyllic South of France, Olivia and Vivian will learn knife-edged truths about themselves and discover just how far each will go to protect her reputation.

©2018 Lucy Atkins (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Meticulously plotted suspense... Evocative writing heightens the sense of impending doom created by the tale's structure.... Harrowing." (Publishers Weekly)

"A compelling tale of psychological suspense." (The Popular Culture Association Mystery and Detective Fiction Caucus)

"Shifting between London, Sussex, and the idyllic South of France, Olivia and Vivian learn knife-edged truths about themselves and discover just how far each will go to protect her reputation." (Sir Reads a Lot)

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 03-02-19

Meh

It got interesting quite late and then let the momentum drop. Might consider another by this author if reviews rave about it.

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Really fun ride. Love complex characterization

Actually, I like Vivian the better of the two. She is more self-aware and doing the hard work of knowing herself pretty honestly. Olivia's ability to *not* see is remarkable and also sadly familiar. Her lack of empathy or understanding about Bertie was...painful. We are all broken somewhere, but Olivia, of course, is not. Sad and lonely.

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Not the thriller I’d hoped for

Quite predictable, and took forever to get there. If the book had been a hard copy, I would have skipped forward to the end.