ALICE gets off a bus in the middle of a snowstorm in Delphi, NY. She is fleeing an abusive relationship and desperate to protect…
OREN, ten years old, a major Star Wars fan and wise beyond his years. Though Alice is wary, Oren bonds nearly instantly with…
MATTIE, a social worker in her fifties who lives in an enormous run-down house in the middle of the woods. Mattie lives alone and is always available, and so she is the person the hotline always calls when they need a late-night pickup. And although according to protocol Mattie should take Alice and Oren to a local shelter, instead she brings them home for the night. She has plenty of room, she says. What she doesn’t say is that Oren reminds her of her little brother, who died thirty years ago at the age of ten.
But Mattie isn’t the only one withholding elements of the truth. Alice is keeping her own secrets. And as the snowstorm worsens around them, each woman’s past will prove itself unburied, stirring up threats both within and without.
So I’ve been a little MIA these last 2-3 months because I’ve been in my final stages of my Masters, and I started a new job in a prison. There’s been little time to read. To when i realised that I’d be able to listen to audiobook instead on my 2 hour daily commute I dug in!
With an audiobook it’s SO important to have a good narrator. Excellent, really. I generally do a sample test before i buy/borrow and if the voice doesn’t suit me then I’ll save that book to read myself. The narrator on this one, for me, was perfect. I LOVE when they do different voices for different characters, even if it’s only minor. Gives it a “movie” feel. I found that with the sound of the voice, and the pacing of the flow there were times in this book that I was gripping the wheel so hard I had white knuckles!
The story itself was quite riveting. I really enjoyed Mattie’s story, she was very identifiable to me and I also loved her personality. There were a few really great spots that had me gasping “WHAT!” “No-Way”, there was a twist or two, and there was afew evening on the way home I considered driving around the block so I could listen a little more.
My only complaints with the story was Alice. I didn’t mesh well with in in the beginning, but she did grow on me by the end.
If you haven’t read/listened to this, then I recommend you giving it a go. And if you have, what did think?
I rated The Night Visitors: 4/5 stars