The Night Child by Anna Quinlan

Setting: Seattle
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: January 30, 2018

Nora Brown is ready for her Thanksgiving getaway with her husband and daughter. After her high school English class ends, she's at her desk and gets a weird sensation. Looking up, she sees the ghostly face of a young girl with dazzling blue eyes. Nora is terrified.

When she sees the ghostly girl a second time while on vacation, she's very concerned and decides to seek counseling. Something's wrong, and she fears she may be going crazy. What's revealed may be the very ending of all Nora's ever known.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Nora's story is so vivid. It felt like I was there in the psychologist's office, in the classroom, in her house, and on vacation with them. The writing was exquisitely detailed.

I never really liked Nora's husband. As the story plays out, I felt a little more of a connection, but he still was never a favorite. Nora's little girl did work her way into my heart. I wanted to see all end well for the family because of her.

The ghostly girl plays a big part in The Night Child. I found myself eager to get to her chapters. The more I read, the more I understood what was happening. I was angry for every character at that point. So many layers lead to such a sad story.

RTR's Bottom Line

I would love to give this book a higher mark than I do, but the ending left me with too many questions. I can't give spoilers, so all I can say is that as gripping as this story was, the you-decide feeling I got wasn't satisfying.


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