Published: 02/03/2018 by Bookouture
Everyone has a secret in their past.
Everyone pretends to be something they’re not.
But someone is always watching… and that someone is closer than you think.
Holly returns to her home town after some time away – she has been through something terrible and now she needs a safe haven in which to recover, and to plan the rest of her life. She finds a room in a quiet and leafy suburban street, in the home of Cora Barrett.
David lives next door to Cora Barrett and he sees everything that happens on Baker Crescent. David stays at home, and he watches: he likes to feel safe and he doesn’t like to leave the house. He wants to keep his friends and neighbours safe too. So he observes them, and he records every tiny detail of their lives, just in case the information is ever needed.
Both lonely and vulnerable, Holly and David gradually begin to strike up a friendship. But Holly can’t shake the feeling that someone from her past might have tracked her down. And David is always watching… But uncovering the secret that could save his new friend and neighbour could be the one thing that destroys him.
Happy Publication Day to K. L. Slater
The Visitor wasn’t the first novel I’ve read by K.L. Slater so I kind of knew what I was getting myself into with this one. Fast pacing, engaging story that won’t let you rest your mind (or your eyes) and you read just to satisfy your hunger for more information.
I loved how author had me guessing throughout the book without giving out too many details and still managed to reveal enough to keep me interested. I’ve read it in very short time and it was truly enjoyable read.
Holly comes back to Manchester after 10 years spend away, following some bad experiences and history she is trying to escape. She is welcomed to stay as a visitor with elderly Cora Barrett who needs some company and find Holly very kind and struggling and offers her a room to use until she gets back on her feet.
Holly finds herself job and makes friend, lonely soul David who is somewhat strange and looked down at by most of the neighbours. They confide in each other, become close and friendly, each for their own reasons. Everything goes well for Holly until someone watches her through the window in the middle of the night and it seems that past has found its way back to her life and followed her all the way to Manchester. David is a very strange character and although there is some dark secret in the past we don’t really know about, he has become one of my favourite characters very quickly. His person was amazingly described not only by words but mostly by his actions, his awkwardness, his fear,… I really felt quite connected to him, I felt sad for him, how his anxiety affected his everyday life, felt his struggle going through everyday tasks and just his fight in general. I was really rooting for him and hoped he will find his happiness at the end.
About 70 percent into the story, things start really happening, secrets being revealed, people’s personalities properly uncovered, at least it might seem like it but you don’t actually get a full picture until the very end.
Without giving too much away, the ending is not easily predictable. I might have guessed couple of details earlier on but nothing too certain to ruin my reading experience. I really enjoyed the author’s writing style, the way characters developed, the secrecy and sudden turns when the blanket of secrets was ripped off and suddenly things became clear. I really enjoyed it and can definitely recommend it to thriller lovers, K. L. Slater is an author to follow and her books are really worth reading. So go on, treat yourself!
About K. L. Slater
After years of trying to get published and never getting further than the slush pile, I went back to university at the age of 40 where I studied for an English & Creative Writing degree followed by an MA in Creative Writing.
Although I also worked full-time during the five years I studied at university, the courses gave me the time and space to try different writing and increased my confidence and belief in my writing. Before I graduated from my MA, I had secured representation with my agent, Clare Wallace, at the Darley Anderson Literacy, TV and Film Agency and had my first book deal.
My first adult psychological thriller for Bookouture is called ‘Safe with Me’ and it actually started life as my dissertation on my English & Creative Writing degree.
The creepy voice of Anna came to me strong and insistent . . . she wanted to be written, she wouldn’t go away.
I live in Nottingham with my husband, Mac. Between us we have three grown-up kids; my daughter, Francesca and Mac’s sons Nathan and Jake.
I also write multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.
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