The Night Visitors

The Night Visitors

by Carol Goodman


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The latest thriller from the internationally bestselling author of The Lake of Dead Languages and The Other Mother, a story of mistaken identities and missed chances, forgiveness, and vengeance.

“Carol Goodman is, simply put, a stellar writer.”—Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of The Red Hunter

ALICE gets off a bus in the middle of a snowstorm in Delphi, NY. She is fleeing an abusive relationship and desperate to protect...

OREN, ten years old, a major Star Wars fan and wise beyond his years. Though Alice is wary, Oren bonds nearly instantly with...

MATTIE, a social worker in her fifties who lives in an enormous run-down house in the middle of the woods. Mattie lives alone and is always available, and so she is the person the hotline always calls when they need a late-night pickup. And although according to protocol Mattie should take Alice and Oren to a local shelter, instead she brings them home for the night. She has plenty of room, she says. What she doesn't say is that Oren reminds her of her little brother, who died thirty years ago at the age of ten.

But Mattie isn't the only one withholding elements of the truth. Alice is keeping her own secrets. And as the snowstorm worsens around them, each woman's past will prove itself unburied, stirring up threats both within and without.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062852007
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 128,176
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Carol Goodman is the critically acclaimed author of fourteen novels, including The Lake of Dead Languages and The Seduction of Water, which won the 2003 Hammett Prize. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family, and teaches writing and literature at the New School and SUNY New Paltz.

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The Night Visitors: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
The Night Visitors was such an atmospheric read and one where I found myself instantly pulled within the pages. I've read a few books by Goodman now, and she just has a way with creating these suspenseful books filled with atmosphere and tension. This was actually the perfect reminder of how much I enjoy her books - it made me really want to work on catching up with her backlist! I actually didn't intend on binge-ing my way through the pages of this book....I was going to take me time and just immerse myself within it. But what really happened is that I flew through the pages utterly compelled and unable to put it down. I am such a sucker for thrillers featuring blizzards. The sense of isolation that the characters experience always adds a spooky layer of tension that I enjoy reading about and this book was no exception. I'm going to try to be as spoiler free as possible here but there are a few things that I want to talk about that could be considered to be a spoiler. Feel free to skip ahead if you want to stay completely spoiler free and just check on my overall thoughts. So this book did have a supernatural aspect that I found very intriguing. Oren just seems to "know" things (for lack of a better word) that he shouldn't or couldn't possibly know and yet he does. I feel like this was done really well and that it added to the overall storyline. I'm trying to remember if this is something that Carol Goodman does with all of her books but I can't say for certain so apparently it has been awhile since I read anything by her. It doesn't matter because overall it worked really well for this book. I came to a point in this book where I just knew that I was going to finish despite the fact that I still had at least 100 pages left. The twists and the turns just kept coming and I couldn't not see how it was all going to end! I actually really liked the ending and thought it fit perfectly. The thing I enjoyed most about this book though is how the author continually used the icy, snowy weather to add tension and suspense throughout the book. I'm curious if it would have been even creepier to read this book during the winter but honestly reading it now in the spring worked just fine if I do say so myself! Overall, this book was a really great read that I just lost myself within! When I started it I fully intended to take my time with it but I just couldn't seem to set it down. I really liked the three main characters so I was rooting for them the entire time. I especially liked Maddie's character and appreciated that we got to see both her flaws and strengths in this book. I'm glad that I still have quite a few books of this authors to catch up on! There is just something about her writing that never fails to draw me in - I had almost forgotten until I picked this book up how much I have enjoyed her books in the past. I won't be waiting long to pick up another of her books this time around. I would recommend this book to fans of both mystery and suspense. Thriller readers will also enjoy this one in my opinion even though I would hesitate to label this book a thriller. It's suspenseful enough though to appeal to those types of readers in my opinion. Highly recommended! Bottom Line: An atmospheric and page turning read that I enjoyed immensely!
Book_and_recipe_Examiner More than 1 year ago
Alice and Oren are on the run from Davis, their abuser. Oren is ten, loves Star Wars, and has a strange ability to know things he couldn’t, which he explains away with the Force. Alice grew up in foster homes and just wants a better, safer life than that, for herself and the boy. Mattie is the case worker who picks them up from the bus stop, before taking them to shelter at a convent. But an impending winter storm will unleash secrets everyone has been keeping, and danger will find them in the night. The Night Visitors is another riveting suspenseful thriller by the brilliant Carol Goodman, “a story about a father and a son and mistaken identities and missed chances and vengeance…” with elements of justice, mythology, and the overarching questions of what is the truth, and what truly defines justice for victims? Perfect for a stormy winter evening read, or for anyone who loves a good murder mystery, even if it’s unveiled decades later. For discussion questions, a list of similar books with explanation, a themed recipe of Almond "bear claw" cupcakes with almond frosting, visit
lightworks More than 1 year ago
As an art historian I have always enjoyed Goodman's tales about old houses or paintings and mysterious secrets of the past. This little book is nothing like that. It is filled with SJW nonsense with stereotypical portrayals of people instead of real to life human beings. I have only returned one other book. This is the second. Stick to Kate Morton if you want to read something with elegance and gravitas.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
The Night Visitors is a compelling thriller, chilling, and unputdownable. I was hooked, from the very first page. Alice and ten-year-old Oren were running from abuse. Oren’s father, Davis, had hit his son and Alice for the last time. Alice had been warned, however, that if she ever took Oren away from him, he would hunt her down and kill her. But, what choice did she have? Davis was going to kill her and possibly Oren, anyway. Oren was extraordinarily sensitive to people around him, and wise beyond his years. Alice didn’t understand how Oren knew the things he did. But, Alice didn’t ask him. She was afraid of the answers that she might receive. That was probably a good thing, since Oren, was also sensitive, to ghosts. When Mattie a fifty-plus-year-old social worker invited Alice and Oren into her home, Alice was not comfortable. She had a strong feeling that Mattie was hiding something important from her. And, Mattie felt the same about Alice. Unbeknownst to Mattie, however, Alice and Oren were not the only visitors spending time, in her big old house. But, only Oren was aware of that. This book is twisty, perfectly paced, and brilliant. I loved it. Thank you, William Morrow Publishing and Carol Goodman, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Three lives intersect during the middle of a snowstorm. Alice is fleeing an abusive relationship and is desperate to protect .... Owen ... 10 years old, a Star Wars junkie, who may have a 'gift'. He bonds immediately with... Mattie ... a social worker who meets Alice and Owen at the bus station and takes them to her huge home to stay until she can find a safe place for them. Owen reminds Mattie of her own young brother who died 30 years ago at the same age as Owen. But someone is not telling the truth. All three of them have secrets .. secrets that may be deadly. And as the snowstorm worsens around them, each woman's past will prove be brought to the light, stirring up threats both within and without. This is a well-written tale with unique characters. Several twists and turns will keep the reader glued to the pages from the very beginning to the surprising ending. Many thanks to the author / William Morrow Books / Edelweiss for the digital copy of this Psychological Thriller. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.