- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (17 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144476523X
- ISBN-13: 978-1444765236
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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
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 love this book.
So, I decided to give it go and I wasn't disappointed. When I started reading, I was amazed how the story of Liza was very cleverly conveyed to the reader in the first person, which is not an easy task considering this main character is a deaf-blind child. The writer has some talent to do this effectively without causing confusion, being unable to use dialogue in its 'traditional' form.
It was a book of many parts, not altogether the doom 'n gloom that I was expecting. You could easily digest how Liza and everyone around her approached her condition. Yes, there are some places where you feel like your heart's just been ripped out and kicked about your lounge, but everything is balanced with considerable hope.
For me, the "visitor's" role in this book was secondary in comparison with Liza's struggles, as her character was so very strong. And yet, that's exactly what these visitors were, drifting on the edge of something they're no longer attached to, but their wispy involvement almost wasn't enough to fully compete with it all. I enjoyed their vague presence all the same, as it made for a different take to the run-of-the-mill 'haunting'. In this book, ghosts certainly aren't the ones to dominate the storyline.
But there was just something I couldn't quite put my finger on. Perhaps I can't get my head around two young ladies being permitted to travel to a war-torn Africa during the Boer War, although I'm not entirely sure if this was the norm. Look, my history's not great, so it possibly just me overthinking things.
Having said all this, I'd still give this book a respectable 4.5 / 5. Anyone could appreciate this fine story of many genres. I found the time flew by whilst reading and would definitely recommend it.
This debut novel from Rebecca Mascull could be described as historical fiction/a love story/a ghost story as it encompasses all three genres. I sometimes find that historical fiction can be a bit dry however this is a beautifully written account of Liza's transition from a dark and lonely childhood to experiencing her first love and finding her place in the world.
The characters are expertly drawn and it is clear that detailed research has been undertaken. I had heard of the Boer War, although I knew very little about it. When Lottie's brother Caleb enlists as a soldier to fight for his country, his letters home bring to life the reality of war - the initial excitement of action giving way to the weary resignation of the death and destruction endured. I thought this was a very effective way of including the war in the story without making the narrative feel like a history lesson.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This truly is an amazing debut. I felt that I'd been led into a whole new world, that of Adeliza Golding, a deaf and blind girl. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kitty Loves Books
I really enjoyed this book. It's beautifully written, well-researched and full of great characters. And I love the visitors themselves; they are so eerie! Read morePublished 13 months ago by ReadingWriter
A beautifully crafted debut. Adeliza is deaf and blind, locked in her own world on her parent's hop farm in late Victorian England. Read morePublished 17 months ago by SarahT
Starts well and the quality of the writing is mostly good (apart from some clunky dialogue) - but the second half of the book loses focus.Published 18 months ago by RG
Every now and then you open a book to find from the very first page you are gripped, transfixed. Unable to put it down. Magic happens.
The Visitors did exactly this to me. Read more
This is an original and beautifully written debut - a real gem of a book. Set in the hopfields of Kent and the battlefields of the Boer War in South Africa, it tells the story of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Louisa T.
I really struggled with The Visitors and its constant change in focus and direction.
The entire focus of the book is Adeliza; a deaf-blind girl living in Victorian... Read more