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The Visitors
By (author): Catherine Burns
9781501164019 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological Sep 26, 2017
$35.00 CAD
Active 152.4 x 228.6 x 30.48 mm 304 pages Gallery/Scout Press
“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

With the smart suspense of Emma Donoghue’s Room and the atmospheric claustrophobia of Grey Gardens, Catherine Burns’s debut novel explores the complex truths we are able to keep hidden from ourselves and the twisted realities that can lurk beneath even the most serene of surfaces.

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....

Born in Manchester, Catherine Burns is a graduate of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She worked as a bond trader in London before studying at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography and teaching film theory at the University of Salford. The Visitors is her debut novel.

"Once you start Catherine Burns' 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

"I absolutely loved it. 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." - Liz Nugent, author of Unraveling Oliver

"The novel sets up plenty of creeps and shivers, but… there is still a twist at the end." - Kirkus Reviews

“Deliberate pacing, a claustrophobic setting, and vivid, wildly unsympathetic characters complement the twisted plot and grim conclusion.” - Publishers Weekly

The Visitors is an insidious, creepy novel, with a slow burn that leads to a horrifying revelation.
- Literary Hub

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