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The Visitors
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With the smart suspense of Emma Donoghue's Room and the atmospheric claustrophobia of Grey Gardens, this "bizarrely unsettling, yet compulsively readable" (Iain Reid, internationally bestselling author of I'm Thinking of Ending Things) thriller explores the twisted realities that can lurk beneath even the most serene of surfaces.
What becomes of a child who grows up without love?

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother John in a crumbling mansion 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 live by John's rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door...and to the women's laundry in the hamper that isn't hers. For years, she's buried the signs of John's devastating secret into the deep recesses of her mind—until the day John is crippled by a heart attack, and Marion becomes the only one whose shoulders are fit to bear his secret.

Forced to go down to the cellar and face what her brother has kept hidden, Marion discovers more about herself than she ever thought possible. As the truth is slowly unraveled, we finally begin to understand: maybe John isn't the only one with a dark side....
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Catherine Burns. (2017). The Visitors. Gallery/Scout Press.

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Catherine Burns. 2017. The Visitors. Gallery/Scout Press.

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Catherine Burns, The Visitors. Gallery/Scout Press, 2017.

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Catherine Burns. The Visitors. Gallery/Scout Press, 2017. Web.

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What becomes of a child who grows up without love?

Marion Zetland lives with her domineering older brother John in a crumbling mansion on the edge of a northern seaside resort. A timid spinster who still sleeps with teddy bears, Marion does her best to live by John's rules, even if it means turning a blind eye to the noises she hears coming from behind the cellar door...and ignoring the women's laundry in the hamper that isn't hers. For years, she's buried the signs of John's devastating secret deep into the recesses of her mind—until the day John is crippled by a heart attack, and Marion must face what he has kept...
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What becomes of a child who grows up without love?

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Forced to go down to the cellar and face what her brother has kept hidden, Marion discovers more about herself than she ever thought possible. As the truth is slowly unraveled, we finally begin to understand: maybe John isn't the only one with a dark side....
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        July 24, 2017
        British author Burns’s disquieting debut focuses on Marion Zetland, a 54-year-old spinster who has never held a job, had a friend, or known love. She passes time by daydreaming, watching TV, and trying to please her cruel and imperious older brother, John, with whom she shares her dead parents’ dilapidated Northport, England, home. John, a disgraced former schoolteacher, spends his days in the house’s cellar, where he allegedly builds model airplanes, but that explanation doesn’t account for the sobs and screams that occasionally escape the air vents. Marion tries not to dwell on what might actually be happening in the cellar—she’s powerless to change the situation, so why bother?—but then John falls ill, forcing Marion to face some harsh truths. Burns blurs the line between crime fiction and horror in this relentlessly bleak tale of loneliness and neglect. Marion’s emotional instability and proclivity for denial cause readers to question her reliability. Deliberate pacing, a claustrophobic setting, and vivid, wildly unsympathetic characters complement the twisted plot and grim conclusion. Agent: David Forrer, Inkwell Management.

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        August 1, 2017
        A socially awkward middle-aged woman learns some dark truths about her family in Burns' debut psychological thriller.Marion Zetland has always been lonely, and now, in her 50s and living with her brother, John, in a pigsty of a house, she has no one but her stuffed animals and imaginary friend to turn to when she's frightened. And there is reason to be frightened in that house--she can hear occasional screams and cries coming from the basement, where John spends most of his time. These are the voices of the visitors, and Marion avoids any interaction with the visitors. But when John is injured in an accident, their care falls to Marion, so she ventures past the locked doors of the cellar for the first time, driven by the fretful cries of a baby to confront those who live there. The novel sets up plenty of creeps and shivers, but the revelation, the true nature of the visitors, disappoints rather than fulfills these feelings. Burns had the opportunity to play with and explore the haunted-house genre, to explore the line between human madness and the supernatural, but there is something of a rush to give a logical explanation for Marion's fears, for John's behaviors, and while there is still a twist at the end, it leaves the reader feeling little sympathy for the characters because so few of them are developed beyond the surface. Even Marion, through whose eyes we get most of the action and description, is hard to feel strongly about. This leaves the experience of reading the novel hollow and unsatisfying. The creepiness begins as a slow burn, but logic ruins the sense of horror--despite the horrible truth that lurks in the basement.

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