The Visitors: A Dark and Chilling Suspense
by Catherine Burns
Pub Date 03 Oct 2017
‘Once you start Catherine Burns’s dark, disturbing, and enthralling debut novel, it’s hard to stop. The Visitors is bizarrely unsettling, yet compulsively readable.’ Iain Reid, Internationally Bestselling Author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse 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 shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar.
Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden.
As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn't the only one with a dark side.
'Atmospheric, eerie and affecting. Catherine Burns has created a complex and chilling world in which nothing is as it seems. A very clever confident novel, beautifully plotted with multiple twists and turns. I couldn't stop reading it.' Suellen Dainty
"Burns blurs the line between crime fiction and horror... Deliberate pacing, a claustrophobic setting, and vivid, wildly unsympathetic characters complement the twisted plot and grim conclusion' Publishers Weekly
'Burns combines a study of a middle-aged woman, a tale of a highly dysfunctional family and slow burn of a mystery, creating a compelling read that's at once highly entertaining and wholly disturbing ... A dark and thrilling debut novel: disturbing, gripping, and hugely impressive' Luke Marlowe, The Bookbag
‘A compellingly creepy tale of twisted loyalty and dark family secrets, full of a slow-building suspense and a horribly fascinating sense of the macabre.’ TM Logan
'I would advise any nail biters to sit on their hands while reading this book because they will chew right down to the knuckle. By far the creepiest novel I have read in a long time and I mean that in a really good way ... A highly original and intriguing mystery so compelling that I abandoned my own work to finish it' Liz Nugent
'A powerful book. It delves into the inner and outer workings of the lonely mind. Equal parts creepy and thought-provoking, the characters will leap off the page, whether you want them to or not' Michelle Berry and Erin Twohey, Hunter Street Books, Peterborough
'Completely up my street. I love a chilling tale that allows you to really get under the skin of the characters. It was compelling and wonderfully dark, choked with suspense and yet leisurely in the telling. I enjoyed it immensely' Emma Curtis
'A dark exploration of evil in its many forms, this is an uncomfortable and disturbing yet utterly compelling read' - Susi Holliday
'A dark, compelling story with a few twists and turns that will keep the reader glued to the pages ... I found myself completely engrossed in Marion's disturbing world ... A very strong debut' Sarah Denzil, author of Saving April
'An insidious, creepy novel, with a slow burn that leads to a horrifying revelation' Lit Hub.com, 6 Crime Must-reads Coming this September
'A dark, powerful study of troubled minds, laced through with pure dread and horror. A disturbing and addictive read... I loved it!' KL Slater