The Visitors

The Visitors

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother John in a crumbling mansion on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to live by John's rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door . . . and turning a blind eye to the women's laundry in the hamper that isn't hers. For years, she's buried the signs of John's devastating secret into the deep recesses of her mind -- until the day John is crippled by a heart attack, and Marion becomes the only one whose shoulders are fit to bear his secret. Forced to go down to the cellar and face what her brother has kept hidden, Marion discovers more about herself than she ever thought possible. As the truth is slowly unraveled, we finally begin to understand: maybe John isn't the only one with a dark side..."--
Publisher: New York : Scout Press, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781501164019
Characteristics: 289 pages ;,24 cm.


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A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion Zetland does her best to live by her older brother John’s rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door, and to the women’s laundry in the hamper that isn’t hers. For... Read More »

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Mar 10, 2019

Frightening, depressive. A story about a horrible messed up family--the dregs of humanity. The ending was unreal as this poor sick woman changed her life and began to function normally.

Apr 17, 2018

I usually hate it when reviewers call a book "unable to put down" because I find myself easily able to put down even a very suspenseful book to do something else. This book, however, kept me reading on until I finally figured out what happened to Marion and the "visitors" in the basement. A quick read, highly recommended.

Jan 29, 2018

I was so enjoying the cloistered, bleak vibe of this book, but it ended where I hoped it wouldn't -- in a mess. I really hate thrillers that take the easy road. Be original! I mean I knew what the ending was going to reveal to some degree, because of the title, but the actual execution was a big, fat fail. I never learn my lesson with thrillers.

Dec 25, 2017

The tension in this novel is evident from page one. Marian and John Zetland are siblings living together in their dilapidated family home. From the onset, Marian is passive and somewhat fearful of her brother. The suspense builds as John spends more and more time in the basement, from which strange sounds are emitted. The story becomes creepier from one page to the next. It is a difficult story to read, but read you must. It is a giant cringe-fest but you need to know what happens next. A fantastic psychological mystery and a great read. Highly recommended.

ArapahoeKati Nov 06, 2017

Wow! If you are looking for a novel that has one of the best, most realistic and ultimately disturbing (but charming?) characters, you HAVE to meet Marion.

Oct 28, 2017

You have to read this book. The writer is good enough to be the next Ruth Rendell who's characters are creepy but relatable. I will never forget Marion who as a person makes you ask "nature or nurture"? The books makes you think about bad parents, bullies, missing people and loneliness. A very good read!

ehbooklover Oct 23, 2017

This book was so unbelievably creepy. This was definitely not a page-turner, yet the slow burn was effective as it kept me reading "just one more chapter" right before bed (this despite the fact that I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to go to sleep due to the content). The setting was ultra-descriptive and was a huge part of the ick-factor. I loved how I kept thinking that I had figured out everything and was thrown for a loop when I read the last page...

OLATHEAllisonA Aug 03, 2017

A claustrophobic and compelling read, this modern Gothic novel leaves an impression long after the last page. The story is narrated by Marian, a shabby spinster who lives with her brother in their parents' decrepit mansion. They go about their seemingly ordinary lives until the unthinkable happens, causing events that reveal the dark and shocking truth lurking beneath. Marian's narrator voice is authentic and dynamic, the setting is appropriately dingy and gloomy, and the twist at the end is surprising and engaging.

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