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THE VISITORS

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The Visitors (3rd October 2017)

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother, John in a decaying Georgian townhouse on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster in her fifties who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to shut out the shocking secret that John keeps in the cellar. 

Until, suddenly, John has a heart attack and Marion is forced to go down to the cellar herself and face the gruesome truth that her brother has kept hidden. 

As questions are asked and secrets unravel, maybe John isn’t the only one with a dark side.

With the smart suspense of Emma Donoghue’s Room and the atmospheric claustrophobia of Grey Gardens, The Visitors explores the complex truths we are able to keep hidden from ourselves and the twisted realities that can lurk beneath even the most serene of surfaces.

‘Once you start Catherine Burns’s dark, disturbing, and enthralling debut novel, it’s hard to stop. The Visitors is bizarrely unsettling, yet compulsively readable.’ -- Iain Reid, Interntionally Bestselling Author of I’m Thinking of Ending Things