You can never know what goes on behind closed doors. Or can you? Holly never thought she’d move back to her home town, but then something terrible happened. She doesn’t know if she can recover. But she knows she can never tell another soul. People say her neighbour, David, is “different”. He doesn’t go out much, and never after dark. But in David Holly finds just what she needs: a friend. Someone who’s always there. No one knows Holly’s secret, or where she lives. She has left the past behind. She is sure of it. So why does she feel as though she’s in terrible danger?
The Visitor is a totally compelling and insidiously creepy psychological thriller with an intriguing story-line and a great conclusion.
“Don’t you just wish you could rewind it all and start over again?”
The marvellous K.L. Slater has a gripping and very accessible writing style and I was immediately drawn into this story and curious about what had happened to each of the characters. From early on, it is clear that almost everyone in this story has a difficult and mysterious past or is trying to escape from something.
I do love a story with multiple narrators and that device works really well here. The book is really well plotted and there is a palpable sense of anxiety as the story goes on, as you know that some terrible things are going to be revealed, and you are on tenterhooks throughout while waiting for the full details. I felt, at various times, both sympathetic and frustrated towards the main characters and even the more minor characters had the power to generate really strong emotions.
The twist is great because you don’t really know what it is that you’re waiting for (i.e. it’s not really a ‘whodunit’) so I personally didn’t find it possible to guess how it was all going to end.
This is another great book by K.L. Slater and I am grateful to NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of The Visitor.