The Night Visitor

Published by Quercus

Night Visitor PB final imageA tense and mesmerising novel about ambition, morality and deception, The Night Visitor asks: how far would you go to save your reputation?

‘A gripping, Rendellesque read’ Mick Herron

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…

Now out in paperback. Buy THE NIGHT VISITOR now from your local bookseller or  here: Waterstones WH Smith  Amazon.co.uk  

Picked as one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2018 

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Praise for The Night Visitor

‘A complex, creepy and insidious novel’ The Guardian

‘Utterly gripping’ The Literary Review

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

‘Dripping with suspense, violence, and a bit of the supernatural, this psychological thriller fits alongside the works of Ruth Ware and Gillian Flynn’ Library Journal Best Books of 2018 (USA)

‘Rich characterization…an alarmingly plausible rags-to-riches tale’ Sunday Times

‘An absolute cracker…Fantastic!’ Sunday Mirror

‘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 believable..you will relish every page. Fantastic.’ The People

‘Bone-chillingly good’ Boundless Magazine

I read this book in one sitting… Keeps you gripped from the very first page’ Psychologies

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

‘The tension is immediate and unrelenting; the sense of unease palpable. Deceptive on every level’  – Mick Herron

‘Truly sensational! Such a sophisticated, layered read, I absolutely revelled in it…The moment I finished, I wanted to read it all over again’  –  Clare Mackintosh

‘Horribly, horribly compulsive. Brilliant. There will be beetle mania’  – Fiona Barton

‘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

‘Addictive and intricately plotted…I devoured it and I loved it’  – Hannah Beckerman

‘Vivian is one of the most vivid, memorable and menacing characters I’ve ever read…readers who enjoyed Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller will adore it’ – CL Taylor

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

‘Clever, multilayered and morally murky. I read it with a delicious sense of dread’ – Tammy Cohen

‘Characters so real you could reach out and touch them. Absorbing, exciting and full of rich detail – snap this one up!’  – Lucie Whitehouse

‘Crackles with undercurrents of mistrust and menace….an unnerving tale of ambition and revenge. Brilliant.’  – Amanda Jennings

‘This thrilling tale…felt 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

‘Elegantly written with a rollercoaster of twists and turns…creepy echoes of Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal ‘ – Elizabeth Heathcote

‘Clever, complex and compelling right up to that completely unexpected twist.’  – Fanny Blake

‘The character of Vivian Tester is so skilfully crafted that I believed in her completely. A character doesn’t have to be likeable but does have to be alive – and boy does Vivian come to life.  Beautifully crafted, unsettling and utterly unputdownable.’  – Nuala Ellwood