The Visitors Hardcover – 2 Jan 2014
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The Visitors may be Mascull's first novel, but she writes with the fluency and dexterity of a born writer, deftly
crafting an engrossing story that imbues her characters with tangible sensitivity, warmth and humanity.
The story of Liza's discovery of words, the thrill of her and Lottie's first signed conversation, is movingly told (Jennifer Byrne for Australian Women's Weekly)
THE VISITORS is a tale of friendship and heartbreak..reminiscent of Geraldine Brooks. A fine achievement for a debut novel. (Culture Street)
...nothing outshines this author's masterful portrayal of a child who lives with and overcomes multiple disabilities. (Good Reading, National)
A beautifully crafted mesh of conquering adversity/hist-fict/ghost story with a murder investigation slipped in for good measure. A satisfying novel that's worth every penny and, indeed, every melting moment spent in its company. (The Book Bag)
Haunting (Irish Tatler)
What a delightful book. Full of action, drama and emotion, it is a wonderful, inspiring read. Furthermore the writing is stunningly beautiful. ... It is short, immensely powerful and moving. Certainly my favourite book of the month. Stunning. (lovereading.co.uk)
The Visitors is Mascull's debut novel and it is very accomplished... The story is one of friendship, of love and loss, of adventure and at its heart a compelling and affecting ghost story... This is the great triumph of this book - that Mascull makes us consider head on what it is that makes us human... This is an engaging, fresh story that approaches its subject matter with insight and delicacy. (bookmuch.wordpress.com)
A wonderful piece of historical fiction . . . The Visitors is a beautiful tale of how friendship can transform your life completely. (BookAngelBooktopia.com)
Rebecca Mascull's first novel is the tale of a wonderful friendship, but it is also a thrilling adventure, a heartbreaking love story and a compelling ghost story.See all Product description
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I particularly liked Mascull’s evocation of the inner world of a person who can neither hear nor see; it is an extraordinary imaginative feat. Her descriptions of Liza’s first experiences of the sensory world are intense and moving. Liza is a compelling and unique narrator, drawing the reader into her orbit on page one, and not letting go until long after the book ends.
Part historical novel, part love story, part atmospheric ghost story, this is a skilful debut. I look forward to reading Mascull’s latest novel, Song of the Sea Maid.
The story begins when Adeliza is very young, at a point in her life when she is still trapped inside her own mind and can only communicate with a selection of strange characters whom she calls the Visitors. These visitors seem to come and go at will, and sometimes Adeliza interacts with them, and sometimes she doesn’t. Their presence is both creepy and highly intriguing. Adeliza can only communicate with her family and other members of the household through touch and smell, and the book brilliantly portrays the claustrophobic and frustrating world in which this child lives. You can’t help but feel anything but enormous sympathy for Adeliza’s situation – and yet she doesn’t want sympathy. In fact, she is a very strong and determined little girl, who can fairly throw a tantrum! As the story progresses, Adeliza finally meets her saviour - a young hop picker called Lottie who teaches her to finger spell - and slowly Adeliza escapes from her silent, dark world to grow up, fall in love and unravel the mystery of the visitors.
On top of this compelling and moving story, there is some lovely description of historic Kent, and the long-gone hop-picking industry. I loved this element of the book. Highly recommended.
The scene where she sees her father emerge from the farm building was one of the most moving and disturbing moments that I have ever read.
Would be a great present...as there really is no other novel like it.
It's a wonderful and moving story with, in my opinion, three dimensional characters who you believe in and care about.
I genuinely loved it and I’ve passed it onto my wife because I have a habit of making her read books that make her cry!