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The Visitors Paperback – 17 Jul 2014
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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 A fascinating story--My Weekly 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.--bookmunch.wordpress.com 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 A wonderful piece of historical fiction ... The Visitors is beautiful tale of how friendship can transform your life completely.--thebooksmugglers.com Haunting--Irish Tatler Powerful--No.1
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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This is the story of an extraordinary young girl, Adeliza, set in late Victorian England and her battle to understand the world she lives in as a blind deaf girl. She is extremely isolated although she does have contact with the Visitors who appear only to her and give her extra insight into many situations.
Her life becomes less insular though when she meets Lottie who befriends her and teaches her to use a form of sign language and this is such a revelation for Adeliza and allows her to finally communicate with those around her and she soon becomes much more confident and a very brave young woman as she deals with love, loss and all that comes with the harshness of War.
The Visitors that she sees are never too far away and this adds an almost magical element to the story as she gets to see that there is often more to a story than meets the eye, and gives her an advantage over others which is even more remarkable considering the start she has had to her life.
A beautifully touching and inspiring story - highly recommended
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.