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The VisitorsThe Visitors by Catherine Burns

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Group Read with Norma. Kaceey, Diane, JanB, Sarah, Jennifer, and Kendall

I read this as a Traveling Sisters group read with seven of my Traveling Sisters. The Visitors had us split again on how we felt about this one and how much we enjoyed it.

The Visitors starts off slow and creepy catching some of our attention right away and leaving a couple sisters struggling with the pace of the story. Catherine Burns takes time here with our creepy main characters Marion and John. We really get to know Marion and we learn from her perspective about her relationship with John. From her, we learn just how disturbing John is. Marion takes us back to times in her childhood and we learn some of her backstory leaving some of us sympathetic to her and for one sister it was just too much for her. We really get right into the mind of Marion and hear many of her unsettling thoughts allowing us to feel sad, disturbed and sorry for her.

Catherine Burns does a good job here for some of us setting up the creeps and shivers and the fear of the unknown and pushing a couple of us right out of our comfort zones. For others, they were just bored with the pace of the story and didn’t feel much of the creeps but a few icky feelings. Catherine Burns does a good job setting the atmosphere with her vivid descriptions of the creepy home and that had some of us doing a little tidying up and cleaning out our fridges.

At times this one felt like walking through a house of horrors with all the predictable elements you would expect but still being afraid of what you might find in the end. There is plenty of creeps and shivers along the way however the ending for most didn’t fulfill those feelings. I think we pretty much split up into two coulees for this one hmm I am going to the cellars. Some sisters ended up in the cellar with its creeps, shivers and fear and others in the cellar with creepy, icky and I am bored. The ending did have us asking a few questions and we enjoyed discussing them. Catherine Burns cleverly leaves some questions unknown for us to think about. Even though this one didn’t work for some of us I still recommend with caution to finding a comfy chair and settle in to find out what’s in the cellar for yourself.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Catherine Burns for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy.


Norma’s review

Dare I say this might have been a touch too twisted for this Twisted Sister!

THE VISITORS by CATHERINE BURNS was a disturbing, horrifying, and a creepy creepy read that clipped along at a steady pace and had me interested enough throughout to see how this was all going to play out.  I have two minds about this novel on the one hand I really enjoyed it and I was scared, freaked out, and maybe even screamed a little while I was reading this book and I couldn’t put it down. On the other hand I don’t even know what to think of it as I thought it was just strange, there was no one to root for, and I couldn’t really see the point to it.

CATHERINE BURNS delivers an extremely dark, twisted, and a creepy character study of two middle aged siblings, John and Marion which is told through Marion’s perspective.  The descriptions of their home was extremely detailed and vivid where I could really picture it in my mind.  Most of this story was actually extremely vivid to a point that was quite disturbing to read but I needed to find out what was going on in that cellar.

To sum it all up it was a shocking, upsetting, cringe-worthy, and horrific psychological mystery that had me on the edge of my seat for most of this read. I did love it though that this book triggered such a strong reaction from me while I was reading it! Recommended with caution.  

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Catherine Burns for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!!


Kaceey’s review

I always thought I loved books that had a huge ‘creep’ factor. Well, either my taste is changing or now these authors are taking creep to a whole new level (I think the latter is the case!). This was just beyond my comfort zone.

Marion and John are middle-aged siblings still living together in the home where they grew up. Their parents gone. Their neighbors highly suspicious. Of what? Could there possibly be something “creepy” going on in there?

It took me a couple days to write this review. Needed the time to ponder this one and process exactly how I feel. Well…I think I’m still somewhat conflicted. I went into this book rather blindly. (Maybe too much so). I do know that when I first saw this book was available I was so excited to read it! I was looking for creative ways to get my hands on this novel! When it became a download now on NetGalley I quickly clicked on it while doing the happy dance!

Unfortunately it didn’t completely live up to my expectations. I kept waiting for the storyline to take me somewhere…nope, never got there. I kept waiting for a wicked twist that just didn’t develop. On the positive, it definitely was a very fast read. Still, I was left with a feeling that the book just missed its mark.

This was a huge Traveling Sister group read with Norma, Brenda, JanB, Kendall, Holly, Sarah, Jennifer, and Diane!!

Thank you to NetGalley, Legends Press and Catherine Burns for a copy to read in exchange for an honest review.


6 thoughts on “Traveling Sisters Group Read: The Visitors by Catherine Burns

  1. Lindsay says:

    Wonderfully creepy review sisters!!! I think I’m glad I skipped this one……I’m a chicken and it sounds like I would have had to sleep with the lights on after reading this one!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. B's coulee says:

      Thank you Lindsay! Yeah this one not for chickens Heheee


  2. Christine says:

    What fun you guys had with this one, especially since you had such diverse opinions! I’m with Lindsay though…

    Liked by 2 people

    1. B's coulee says:

      It sure was a fun one and so interesting and how it affected and scared some of us and not others. Lol Christine. You both would be in the coulee with the chickens heheee

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Rita H says:

    I didn’t find out about this one in time… but I think it’s not for me! I can see that it has split reviews, but doesn’t that make for great book discussion! Sounds suitably creepy and icky for those who get a kick from that. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. B's coulee says:

      The discussions do get a bit more interesting with different thoughts on the books. I am looking forward to you joining us in a sister read and discussion, Rita!


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