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Published by Quercus Books, 1 June 2017. ISBN: 978-1-48204-4
Olivia is a well-known historian and as the book opens
is attending a launch of her book Annabel
at the Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons in London. The story is
of Annabel thought to be one of the first female surgeons of around the
Victorian age. She has based her book on the diary of Annabel Burley written
in1898 and supplied to her by Vivian a housekeeper to Lady Burley of Ileford
However, it appears that Olivia has
a dark secret and is terrified it will get out and ruin her. The plot then goes
back two months and we slowly learn the secret she is so desperate to keep.
Olivia then becomes convinced that
Vivian is slightly unhinged, it seems she will do anything to convince Olivia
to write another book with her collaboration, even following her to France
where she is on holiday. We learn that Olivia's father was well known too, he
was an expert on beetles and was credited with finding a new species encased in
amber. He named it after Olivia. Vivian has an interest in beetles too, but
claims not to know of Olivia's father, but she seems to be lying, why? Also
what is the significance of the spectre dripping blood that appears to Vivian
often in the middle of the night?
As the plot unravels it becomes
apparent that it is not only Olivia who has secrets she would rather keep
hidden, the tension builds and builds so much that it becomes almost palpable
leading to a dramatic ending.
A cleverly plotted story which kept
me guessing throughout. At times, it is also quite creepy especially the
description of Vivian's “Night Visitor”, what we eventually find is what it
means and who it is.
I read that after doing all the
research on dung beetles, Lucy Atkins herself found a fascination for them but
I can't say they are my favourite species even if they are a beautiful colour!
is the author of three acclaimed novels: The Night Visitor (May 2017), The
Missing One (2014) and The Other Child (2015), published by Quercus. She has
also written, co-written or ghost-written seven non-fiction books including the
Amazon #1 parenting title, First Time Parent (Collins). Lucy is a book critic
for The Sunday Times and regularly appears on BBC radio Oxford's Book Club. She
was a feature journalist for many years for UK newspapers including The
Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, The Sunday Express and magazines such as
Red, Woman & Home, Psychologies and Grazia. Lucy lives with her family in
Oxford, UK. Follow Lucy on Twitter @lucyatkins
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love is
cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.