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    • Publication date:05 Jun 2014
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The Visitors

By Simon Sylvester

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A tale of blossoming love, myth and dark mystery on a remote Scottish island for fans of Matt Haig's The Humans

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?

Biographical Notes

Simon Sylvester is a writer, teacher and occasional filmmaker. His work has been published in a range of magazines, journals and anthologies, and he has written more than a thousand flash stories on Twitter. He lives in Cumbria with his wife and daughter. The Visitors is his first novel.

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  • ISBN: 9781848663732
  • Publication date: 05 Feb 2015
  • Page count: 368
  • Imprint: Quercus
'Myth and murder combine in Sylvester's lyrical yet gripping debut novel ... The reader is transported to the island and, unlike Flo, she won't want to leave' We Love this Book. — We Love this Book
The Visitors is an affecting read, a book in which you want to believe, as mysterious and deep as the sea. — Sunday Mail (Glasgow)
'Ostensibly a missing-person mystery, The Visitors is anything but a standard thriller ... as dark, sad and enchanting as any fireside folk tale' The List. — The List
'Simon Sylvester [...] catches plenty of the strange magic of the selkie stories and he brews it successfully with adolescent angst' Guardian. — Guardian
'Simon Sylvester's highly promising debut novel has a dreamlike quality to its narrative ... a delicate and compelling tale that nevertheless drags the reader along with a confident voice' Big Issue. — Big Issue
'Sylvester weaves Scottish folklore throughout this enchanting tale to produce a thriller that will keep you guessing till the end' Scottish Field. — Scottish Field
'The ghostly shivers this sends down the spine make it just the thing to read in a hot climate ... Wonderfully atmospheric' Kate Saunders, Saga magazine. — Saga magazine
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