Mar 26, 2015

The Visitors by Simon Sylvester


 The island has always seemed such a safe place, such a friendly community. Now the possibility of a killer on Bancree is dangerously close to home.

Nobody moves to the remote Scottish island of Bancree, and few leave - but leaving is exactly what seventeen-year-old Flora intends to do. So when a mysterious man and his daughter move into isolated Dog Cottage, Flo is curious. What could have brought these strangers to the island? The man is seductively handsome but radiates menace; and there's something about his daughter Ailsa that Flo can't help but feel drawn towards.

People aren't only arriving on Bancree - they are disappearing too. Reports of missing islanders fill the press and unnerve the community. When a body washes ashore, suspicion turns to the strange newcomers on Dog Rock.

Convinced of their innocence, Flo is fiercely determined to protect her friend Ailsa. Could the answer to the disappearances, and to the pull of her own heart, lie out there, beyond the waves?


I received a beautiful hardcover version of this book from Love Reading.

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Flora can't wait to leave Bancree. It's only a small island and there's nothing to do. She's seventeen years old and just has one more year of high school left before she can see more of the world. When her boyfriend leaves to go to university Flora is all alone. She doesn't have any other friends as they were an item for years and his friends were hers, but they've all left. Now that they've broken up she starts to think about their relationship. Fortunately Flora's loneliness doesn't last too long, because strangers move into the dilapidated cottage on Dog Rock. One of them is a girl her age named Ailsa. They immediately have a connection and Flo and Ailsa become friends almost straight away.

Something is happening on the island. Men are disappearing and people are starting to get afraid. Flora doesn't believe it at first, but when someone she knows and loves is missing she has to acknowledge there's a problem. Is Flora safe herself or is there something happening that she can't escape, because she's part of it? And what is the reason for the arrival of Ailsa and her dad on the island?

Flora is a strong girl who isn't easily scared. She can stand up for herself very well and she needs to. Nobody around her is particularly nice to her, but she can handle it. Ailsa is different, Flora knows she and her father have moved to the island for a reason. They fascinate her and Ailsa isn't like any other girl she's ever met. She's much kinder and more generous and she likes swimming in the sea even when it's cold. She's definitely intriguing and I couldn't wait to find out her secret. 

I loved this book. The author has created such a beautiful story about love and myths. It's really good and I couldn't stop reading. I wanted to know more, to find out why there were disappearances and how everything was connected. I think this book is amazing and I enjoyed reading it very much. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good story about secrets, legends and life on a small island.

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