Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a 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 will lose everything.
Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own.
As events move between London, Sussex and the idyllic South of France, the relationship between these two women grows more entangled and complex. Then a bizarre act of violence changes everything.
THE NIGHT VISITOR is a compelling exploration of ambition, morality and deception that asks the question: how far would you go to save your reputation?
"I read this book in one sitting. A tense psychological thriller which explores authenticity, fame, and lies and the depths you might sink to in order to protect your reputation. A page-turner that keeps you gripped from the very first page." - Suzy Greaves, Editor of Psychologies
“Taut, tense, and beautifully written. I held my breath between chapters and didn't sleep until I reached the end.” - Clare Mackintosh, author of I LET YOU GO
“One of the most vivid, memorable and menacing characters I've ever read . . . Dark, tense and menacing, I was quickly drawn into the story and couldn't put it down. Readers who enjoyed NOTES ON A SCANDAL by Zoe Heller will adore it." - CL Taylor, author of THE LIE
“This is an enthralling, creepy and endlessly twisty story about secrets, lies and the destructive power of ambition. We galloped to the climax. Five stars.” - Heat
“This seductive read is an absolute cracker. You’ll relish every page – till you’re tripped up by the final delicious twist. Fantastic.” - Sunday Mirror/The People
“This atmospheric, propulsive novel creeps up on you like footsteps in the dead of night… a tingling layer of gothic suspense.” - Metro
“Sinister, utterly compulsive...will keep your pulse racing until its dramatic denouement." - Red Magazine
“Elegant, clever, beautifully written. Lucy Atkins is, quite frankly, a genius” - Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
“This book is utterly compelling and I stayed up well past my bedtime loving it. Lucy Atkins has created, in Vivian Tester, one of the most vivid, memorable and menacing characters. She’s brilliant – deluded, obsessed and scarily believable – and is the perfect adversary for the ambitious main character, historian Olivia.” - C.L. Taylor, http://www.frometimes.co.uk/2018/05/08/hunting-raven-books-book-of-the-month/