The Night Visitor (Hardcover)

By Lucy Atkins

Quercus, 9781681440224, 544pp.

Publication Date: July 3, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (6/4/2019)

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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.

About the Author

Lucy Atkins is an award-winning feature journalist and author, as well as a Sunday Times book critic. She has written for many newspapers, including the Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, and the Telegraph, as well as such magazines as Psychologies, Red, Woman and Home, and Grazia. She lives in Oxford.

Praise For The Night Visitor

"A deliciously creepy novel fueled by fraud, greed, and violence . . . Fits right in with the best of the psychological thrillers on everyone's lists. Readers of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn will love it."—Library Journal (Starred Review)

"Wholly original and utterly unputdownable, The Night Visitor delivers a superb story of suspense with a personality all its own . . . Every book should be as fun to read as this one."—Crime by the Book

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

"[A] sense of unease keeps pushing all the way to the last, intense pages. A reckoning is coming, but why? . . . With shades of Rebecca and The Secret History, Atkins has produced an eerie page-turner that will have readers guessing from the first."
Kirkus Reviews

"Cleverly written...a rather creepy psychological tale, in which greed and ambition collide with a long planned revenge, a dish best served cold."

"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

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

"Horribly, horribly compulsive. Brilliant."— Fiona Barton, author of The Child

"Thrilling . . . The sort of book you think about even when not reading, and stay up far later than you should to finish. Atkins is a master of suspense; she creates characters that you feel like you've met, and situations you never want to be in. Completely wonderful."— Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb, historian, author, and TV presenter

"Part psychological thriller, part morality tale, with a pinch of the supernatural thrown in for good measure, this third novel from Lucy Atkins has the key ingredients of a bestseller. The sound of creepy-crawlies scuttling around in the darkness becomes deafening as events hurtle towards a complex, heart-stopping conclusion. Bone-chillingly good."—Boundless

"This is an enthralling, creepy, and endlessly twisty story about secrets, lies, and the destructive power of ambition."—Heat

"A fabulously dark, tension-filled read."—Woman & Home

Praise for Lucy Atkins

"Atkins keeps the suspense high to the startling conclusion."—Publishers Weekly on The Other Child

"The real power in novels of this type comes in the degree to which the author captures the psychological and emotional conflicts the protagonist must go through. Atkins handles this masterfully."—PCA/ACA Mystery & Detective Fiction Reading List on The Other Child

"A gripping page-turner."—The Sunday Times on The Missing One

"Part mystery, part feminist tome, part story of parental love, part animal-rights narrative, The Missing One is like nothing I've read before . . . A poetic page-turner."—The Cleveland Plain Dealer on The Missing One