The night visitors : a novel / Carol Goodman.
- First edition.
- New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,  , ©2019
290, 18 pages ; 24 cm
- Abused wives -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Women social workers -- Fiction.
Secrecy -- Fiction.
FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological.
FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense.
FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural.
New York (State) -- Fiction.
- Suspense fiction.
- 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.
- Includes reading group guide, interview with the author, excerpt from The Other Mother.
- Local notes:
- Athenaeum copy: Schneidman Fund bookplate.
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