The Resource The night visitors : a novel, Carol Goodman

The night visitors : a novel, Carol Goodman

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The night visitors : a novel
Title
The night visitors
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Carol Goodman
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Language
eng
Summary
  • A social worker living alone in a run-down house in the woods offers shelter to a young boy and a woman fleeing an abusive relationship before their lives are threatened by dangerous secrets
  • 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
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Award
Edgar Allan Poe Awards: Mary Higgins Clark Award, 2020.
Review
  • Goodman, a two-time Mary Higgins Clark Award winner, weaves both frightening and supernatural elements into her eleventh thriller (after The Other Mother, 2018). Star Wars figurines seem to appear and disappear of their own volition when 10-year-old Oren seeks refuge during a snowstorm in Mattie’s crumbling ancestral home. He is on the run from a domestic-abuse situation with a woman named Alice. Oren reminds Mattie of her younger brother, who died when he was 10, a story that unfolds as long-held secrets and true identities are revealed, and both Oren and Mattie find that their pasts may finally have caught up with them. Well-defined characters, including the marvelous Sister Martine, who runs a sanctuary for women in trouble; slowly building suspense; and an ending that pulls out all the stops make for a really good wintry read that's reminiscent of Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt. Best by firelight. -- Jane Murphy (Reviewed 1/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 9, p43)
  • /* Starred Review */ This brilliantly conceived and executed gothic thriller from Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Goodman (The Other Mother) opens on a bus heading through Upstate New York on a cold and snowy December day. Alice, a frightened woman in her 30s, and Oren, a 10-year-old boy with a passion for Star Wars and Greek mythology, are fleeing from Oren’s abusive father Davis, who has threatened to kill Alice, his lover, and reclaim Oren. They arrive at the little town of Delphi, where they are met by Mattie, “a woman on the wrong side of fifty,” who acts as a volunteer at a women’s shelter and is charged with taking the two to a safe house. Instead, she abandons protocol and takes them back to her home, an elegant, if dilapidated, Victorian pile. Mattie doesn’t reveal that Oren reminds her of her brother, who died years before at age 10. Alice in turn has her own secrets. The tension builds with delicate precision toward the ultimate confrontation with Davis. Goodman provides readers with that delicious frisson that comes from not knowing what will happen next. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Mar.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 01/21/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 3, p)
  • Fleeing a relationship gone violent, Alice and her ten-year-old son, Oren, are taken by social worker Mattie not to a shelter but to her ramshackle house in the woods. Sure, Mattie is a do-gooder with plenty of room, but Oren also reminds her of the little brother she lost 30 years ago. Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Goodman creeps us out. With a 50,000-copy first printing. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 10/15/2018) (Library Journal, vol 143, issue 17, p41)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10759998
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
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Goodman, Carol
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3607.O566
LC item number
N545 2019b
Literary form
novels
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  • Abused wives
  • Family secrets
  • Women social workers
  • Secrecy
  • New York (State)
  • Abused wives
  • Family secrets
  • Secrecy
  • Women social workers
  • New York (State)
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The night visitors : a novel, Carol Goodman
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Copyright
Note
Includes reading group guide, interview with the author, excerpt from The Other Mother
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1090242578
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
290, 18 pages
Isbn
9780062884367
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1090242578
Label
The night visitors : a novel, Carol Goodman
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes reading group guide, interview with the author, excerpt from The Other Mother
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1090242578
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
290, 18 pages
Isbn
9780062884367
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1090242578

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