The novel begins with Olivia Sweetman’s bestsellers launch. Olivia is a history professor with TV collaboration. Her book, Annabell, is about Annabel Burley’s life, one of the first woman surgery in the Victorian era, and it derives from Annabel’s diary.
Vivian Tester is Ileford Manor’s housekeeper, the home of the Burley family and the place where the diary is kept.
The novel is about the relation between Olivia, a successful woman who has some family difficulties, and Vivian, sixty years old and socially awkward. Olivia wrote the book with Vivian help; as we go on with the reading we understand the great value of Vivian’s research in the historical reconstruction.
The novel’s atmosphere gets psychologically creepy page after page, and mostly due to Vivian behaviour.
The novel is nice, but I think it takes too much to get to the final unraveling (that can be foreseen from the provided information). Some chapters go from the present to the past through feedbacks, and not every time this jump in time is evident.
The title choice left me puzzled, since The night visitor is quite a marginal element in the whole story.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.
* The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins ★★★☆☆
*I read this book in english