ARC Review: The Visitors by Catherine Burns

Posted October 20, 2017 by Suzanne in Reviews / 8 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
ARC Review: The Visitors by Catherine Burns
The Visitors
by Catherine Burns

5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: September 26th 2017
Published by Gallery/Scout Press
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

” It was fantastic albeit in a disturbing way.”
~ Under the Covers

Marion Zetland is a late middle aged woman who has been isolated from the world first by her parents and then by her older brother John with whom she lives. This has left Marion, with her collection of teddies, strangely childlike and very meek. The only escape she has being her innocent, yet slightly twisted, day dreams. All this is done in an effort to forget about the Visitors. The people that her brother John spends his time with in the basement. However, when John becomes ill it is up to Marion to face exactly what is in the basement and confront the visitors.

Firstly, I need to make everyone aware that this isn’t a romance. At all. Nor is it a story of redemption or happiness or any of that good stuff, not really. But this book managed to provoke so many emotions in me and even now days after finishing it I can’t stop thinking about it. It was fantastic albeit in a disturbing way and I guarantee you won’t finish this book without some level of what-the-hell.

This is Burns debut, not that you could tell there was no clumsiness and it was written perfectly from Marion’s point of view, you really immersed yourself into her character and the book wouldn’t have been such an experience if it was written in third person. And Marion and her character was the focus of this book. This wasn’t a fast paced thriller, it was steady moving story going through key event sin Marion’s life and demonstrating how she has become the almost pitiable character that she is in present day. You can’t help but feel empathy for her and when she says something nasty or not quite right…who can blame her? Her life hasn’t been an easy one.

As we learn more though an insidious tension weaves its way through the book as John suddenly becomes a figure to fear. It isn’t out-right terror, more like a low level hum of wariness that you can’t shake off and that builds up as the book goes on. This is what makes the book so brilliant. Burns expertly feeds us knowledge as we look back on Marion’s memories not quite telling us what to think but making sure there’s only one conclusion we can reach. I was completely drawn in.

Then there are the visitors. You don’t know exactly who or what they are. If they’re real or not. But every time they are mentioned the tension in the book sky rockets. All you know is, whatever is going on in that basement, whatever it is that secretly horrifies Marion it isn’t good.

I don’t want to spoil this book for anyone so I am not going to say more. But, the story doesn’t end as you would expect and it leaves you with the what-the-hell feeling I mentioned at the beginning of the book. Loved it, the strange and unhealthy relationship between John and Marion was perfectly executed and Burns made this whole book creepy without any cheesy and overused horror/thriller devices, all she needed was human nature. Whatever Burns brings out next I am definitely going to be reading.
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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Awesome review Suzanne!! I’m hooked!! Can’t wait to find out who the Visitors are!! Shared on all my socials!!

Elizabeth
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This doesn’t really seem like my kind of book but your review kind of makes me want to try it.

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Kathy Valentine

Awesome review Suzanne!! I’m hooked!! Can’t wait to find out who the Visitors are!! Shared on all my socials!!

Elizabeth
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This doesn’t really seem like my kind of book but your review kind of makes me want to try it.

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Darynda Jones

Wow!!! This sounds amazing. Thanks for the review! I’m sold.

Darynda Jones
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Darynda Jones

Wow!!! This sounds amazing. Thanks for the review! I’m sold.

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I don’t do scary.

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I don’t do scary.