Sep 29 2017

Review for The Visitors by Catherine Burns

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Reviews / 12 Comments

Review for The Visitors by Catherine BurnsThe Visitors by Catherine Burns
Published by Legend Press on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Adult, Thriller, Suspense, Mystery
Pages: 288
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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.






The Visitors is a story of two siblings that are now adults that still live together in the family home. Marion has always came and went as she pleased and left her brother Johns to his secret excursions in the cellar. That is until she has to do into the cellar and discovers just what he has been doing down there all these years, which was quite frightening. My review will be a little vague, it’s just so hard not to give to much away, so have to say I’m sorry in advance.

Marion was verbally abused growing up, never feeling wanted, never believing that she worth anything. Even as an adult, she is still this way. She spends most of her time in her own little world, unaware of the world around her. John on the other hand, is just as mean and spiteful as an adult as he was a child growing up. I felt for Marion at time because of the way he treated her, but just couldn’t wrap my head around why she let it go on now as an adult. Need less to say, they weren’t very likable characters, but I’m not sure if they were meant to be or not. Anyway, there some others side characters that I did rather enjoy, but their parts were here and there and they added some great things to the story.

The plot itself is slow moving, and with a thriller I don’t mind that at all. It gives time for the pieces to fall in places and builds the suspense up to the ending. Now there were mysterious emails between two people, and I was certainly curious to who they were and what they meant. As well as, just what was John doing in that cellar that he kept it locked up tight and never let Marion down there. So, the story had a lot going for it. but when we do get a glimpse of the events in the cellar was jaw dropping, and gave me the spine tingling chills. The ending was something that I was pretty shocked by, and I won’t say exactly what happened or how everything played out, because that will away the entire story. Let’s just say, John isn’t the only one in the family with some issues.

The Visitor is a seriously dark and twisted story, and overal this was a fairly suspenseful read, and I think that fans of suspenseful thrillers will enjoy it.




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Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession

12 Responses to “Review for The Visitors by Catherine Burns”

  1. Rachel

    I am curious about what John did in the cellar. I have ideas of course, and I can’t imagine anything good. I think I’d want more punishment for John than just dying of a heart attack. Wonderful review! 🙂

  2. Kristin @ Addicted to HEA

    Creepiness!! Especially a woman who still sleeps with teddy bears? I’m sure you weren’t meant to like either of the main characters and that’s why the occasional side character was thrown in for you 🙂

    I’m still shivering the creepiness off me…

  3. Lauren

    I’m really curious now about what they’re keeping locked away in the basement…that alone makes me want to read this one. The dynamic between the two siblings also sounds intriguing…I always find it interesting to see how one’s childhood affects their adult like. Great review, Jenea! 🙂

  4. verushka

    Oooh, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this book — the blurb sounds compelling as much as it scares me immensely! It sounds though like it’s totally worth a read. Great review!

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