Published by Quercus

‘Complex, creepy and insidious’ GUARDIAN

As high-flying TV presenter and historian Professor Olivia Sweetman stands before an adoring crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out she’ll lose everything. Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward housekeeper of a Sussex manor who has become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. But Vivian has her own secrets…

A Library Journal pick Best Books of 2018 


Praise for The Night Visitor

‘An absolute cracker…Fantastic!’ SUNDAY MIRROR

‘Utterly gripping’ LITERARY REVIEW 

‘Sinister, utterly compulsive…will keep your pulse racing until its dramatic denouement’ RED

‘Dripping with suspense, violence, and a bit of the supernatural’ LIBRARY JOURNAL Best Books of 2018 (USA)

‘Rich characterization…an alarmingly plausible rags-to-riches tale’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘A clever, read-in-one sitting completely compulsive novel. Five stars.’ METRO

‘Fabulously dark, deception filled’ WOMAN & HOME

‘A fascinating, brilliant, creepy, intelligent novel’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

‘Enjoyably creepy’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘Brilliantly will relish every page. Fantastic.’ PEOPLE

‘A gripping, Rendellesque read’ -Mick Herron

‘Lucy Atkins is, quite frankly, a genius’  – Joanna Cannon

‘Thrillingly creepy and darkly funny… brilliant plotting and characters that crackle off the page. A ‘cannot tear yourself away’ novel.’ – Kate Hamer

‘Wonderfully creepy, in that clever way that is tied in with character, as much as plot and setting… just ingenious’ – Sabine Durrant

‘Put me in mind of Misery, and Rebecca. Splendidly tense, creepy and enjoyable.” – Sarah Hilary

‘Alarmingly close to home…the sort of book you think about even when not reading, and stay up far later than you should to finish. Atkins is a master of suspense; she creates characters that you feel like you’ve met, and situations you never want to be in. Completely wonderful.’ – Dr Suzannah Lipscomb