Title: The Visitor
Author: K.L. Slater
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
First published: March 2nd 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Finished reading: February 22nd 2018
Pages: 252

“She’d learned the hard way that it was far better to plough through life than to just let it happen to you.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I have become a big fan of K.L. Slater‘s psychological thrillers over time, so of course I had to add The Visitor to my list of most anticipated releases as soon as I first heard about it. I have been looking forward to pick it up ever since, and there is one thing for sure: The Visitor without doubt doesn’t disappoint. This newest title has the same high quality of writing and plot development I have become used to associating with her work. The Visitor is psychological thriller at its best! This is mostly a character-driven story and has a dual POV structure. The story switches between Holly and David as the plot develops, the present linking the two different storylines as they are slowly getting more intertwined. Holly’s past is the main focus of the intrigue and secrets and plays a big role in the many plot twists that will be revealed as you keep reading. As a reader, you are completely left in the dark about what exactly happened to Holly, although I did have some vague ideas and some of it turned out to be true. BUT. The final plot twists and reveals basically left me speechless and I don’t think anyone would have been able to guess it all. I just love with when a story manages to surprise me! That said, I can’t say I was a big fan of Holly. The character development is very well done though, and helps turn The Visitor into another success. Fans of character-driven psychological thrillers will have a blast reading this one!

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Holly left her home town for Manchester a few years ago, hoping to start over and have a brighter future. Unfortunately, things didn’t go as planned and now she is back home licking her wounds. She needs a place to recover and think of a plan on how to get her life back on track… The elderly Cora Barrett offers to take her in, which Holly gladly accepts. What she doesn’t know, is that next door neighbor David sees everything that happens on Baker Crescent. He doesn’t like to leave the house, and watches his street to keep his friends and neighbors safe. A harmless eccentric or is something else in play? And will Holly’s past come back to haunt her?

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It doesn’t really come as an surprise, but K.L. Slater has done it again and created a brilliant psychological thriller. The pace is slower and the main focus is on the characters, but the plot, secrets and plot twists will help you keep focused until the very end. Because you will soon discover that key information about Holly’s past is being held back on purpose, making you want to keep reading to find out what really happened as well as making you wonder what it has to do with her current situation and fear. The final plot twists and reveals are mindblowingly good! I definitely didn’t see those coming… Although the ending did feel a bit too neat. Still, this was without doubt a very good read.


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