I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published January 5th 2021
There are worse things than property damage
Hannah has finally realised her lifelong dream to run her own business renting out her beautiful, newly renovated holiday cottage, the Best View Barn. However, the second party of guests to arrive are not quite what she expected. Mike and Nadia are rude and untidy and don't treat Hannah, her family or her property with respect. Then the situation escalates as Hannah learns that these guests have come with something more sinister than a holiday in mind.
The Visitors is a slow-burning psychological thriller, set in the Peak District in the UK. It is a testament to the quality of the writing that I found myself becoming quite furious on Hannah's behalf, both with her guests' behaviour and with her husband Daniel's belittling comments and unreasonable expectations. I was a little frustrated that Hannah didn't do more to nip things in the bud with Mike and Nadia's shenanigans, but it wouldn't have been much of a story if she had managed to kick them out at the first disrespectful comment. As for Daniel, I like that there was a reason Hannah was with him, more than just his money and the prestige of being married to a surgeon. It seemed realistic that things had started out like a fairy tale and only very gradually turned sour, by tiny, invisible degrees.
I was a bit wary when a puppy was introduced to the story, in addition to the fully-grown Labrador Hannah owns, because bad things so often happen to puppies in stories like this, but I can assure you that nothing bad happens to the puppy (at least not as far as the main character knows). I can't say the same for all the humans, although the children are also fine. By the way, if, like me, you prefer to avoid animal cruelty in books and movies, I can recommend checking out a website called Does the Dog Die.
This was the first book I have read by Miranda Rijks and I will definitely be checking out some of her other thrillers. The Visitors was an engrossing read that I couldn't put down. If you like this one, you might also enjoy The Sunday Girl by Pip Drysdale.
Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Inkubator Books, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.