The Visitors is one of those books that immediately grabbed my attention. A subtle cover that reveals a smidgen of the story; a synopsis that gives just enough to pull me in, without saying too much. Hell, yeah! I was completely on board for The Visitors.
Catherine Burns took her time, slowly revealing the true nature of her characters. Marion is introduced in a very subservient role – she is shy, timid and uncertain of herself. As the story develops, we come to understand that there is more to Marion Zetland, a lot more. My feelings concerning Marion fluctuated throughout the story: sympathy, disgust, proud and fear. There is so much more to her than meets the eye. I love it when an author can create such a complicated character, one that I feel like I should connect with but just can’t trust.
The other characters made up a fabulous supporting cast. They were normal-ish, realistic, our friends and neighbors. These characters helped to reveal and conceal Marion’s true nature. But The Visitors is Marion’s story, she is the star of the show.
I appreciate how Burns took her time, allowing the story to build. I expected the story to move more quickly than it did, but I always appreciate a slow build. I find a story that takes its time is much more interesting. It allows me a chance to connect with the characters and take a meandering stroll through their lives. Although with Marion around, I would have to keep one eye open.
I found that the ending of the book moved a bit too quickly. I wanted to spend some more time in the wacky world of the Zetlands. I suppose that is what everyone wants from a good book.
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