The Night Visitors by Carol Goodman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 glowing shooting stars 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠

I had read The Widow’s House by chance and had liked it but not so much that I would go rooting out for all the books by the author and gobble it up. But The Night Visitors made me want to do exactly that. Now I really have to search out all her books and read them.
A snowstorm, ghosts, chilling truths, a past mystery and strong characters what’s not to love in this distinctive story of 3 people. Oren and Alice are escaping from an abusive situation and Mattie is the social worker who is assigned to greet and meet them but something about Oren tugs at Mattie’s heart and instead of following the usual protocols she takes them home. The mystery intensifies from then on and the tense atmosphere with terrible snowstorm adds to the chill. The supernatural element in the story is exceptionally done, it doesn’t interfere with the crux of the story but adds an element of mystique and allure.
Salute to all the social workers who give so much of their lives in support of the others.


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.

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