The Night Childby Anna Quinn Published 30 Jan 2018
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Nora Brown teaches high school English and lives a quiet life in Seattle with her husband and six-year-old daughter. But one November day, moments after dismissing her class, a girl's face appears above the students' desks -- 'a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been. Terror rushes through Nora's body -- the kind of raw terror you feel when there's no way out, when every cell in your body, your entire body, is on fire -- when you think you might die.
Twenty-four hours later, while on Thanksgiving vacation, the face appears again. Shaken and unsteady, Nora meets with neurologists and eventually, a psychiatrist. As the story progresses, a terrible secret is discovered -- a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown.
This breathtaking debut novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, The Night Child is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds.
"The Night Child" Reviews
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Right off I knew this was going to be an emotional read. We are told in the description that “ a terrible secret is discovered -- a secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown .”
Nora has noticed that she’s not as happy with teaching as she used to be. It used to energize her and she felt lucky to be able to do what she did. However, now the large class sizes and government requirements have left her feeling worn-out. After class one day she suddenly feels a headache coming on but then feels like someone is whispering or breathing near her and suddenly….
“In front of her, a girl’s face, a wild numinous face with startling blue eyes, a face floating on top of shapeless drapes of purples and blues where arms and legs should have been"
When Nora locks eyes with the girl she feels a terror rush through her like she’s never felt before. But as quick as the face appeared it disappears. She tells herself she’s just tired, that it must be her imagination, that it must have been a hallucination. The next day she goes on vacation with her husband and six-year-old daughter, Fiona. She’s convinced herself that what happened was brought on by exhaustion. But then it happens again, and this time she doesn’t just see the girl’s face…she hears her voice.
“Remember the Valentine’s dress”
She feels like she’s going crazy….
Sometimes memories start to resurface when we least expect it and in ways we never would have anticipated.
“It’s the secrets that make us sick; it’s the telling that heals”
I was pulled in to the story, invested in the characters and anxious to know how things would turn out. However, this book was even more emotional than I expected. It deals with many very important issues but readers should be aware that the subject matter may be triggering for some. It's quite descriptive and I did find some parts very difficult to read.
Although I wouldn’t classify this as a suspense novel, it’s definitely an interesting psychological read about the strength and resilience of the human mind.
Thank you to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.
A sense of quiet dread pervades this delicately-structured narrative, like a fierce current running underneath a dark, thin layer of ice. In her powerful debut, Anna Quinn crafts a startling story of Nora, a middle-aged woman waking to truth of her own life.
The awakening begins with Nora's vision of a young girl with piercing blue eyes. Her very innocence is a clarion bell of terror for Nora, a high school teacher and mother to six-year-old Fiona. Who is this child and why has she come? What is the warning writ so shockingly clear in her eyes? The journey launched by this vision takes Nora down the dark road of a forgotten past. As memories come to light, she risks losing her family and her soul.
The Night Child's lucid prose and intelligent characters carry a breath-stealing story. Quinn writes with a grace born of empathy. Her novel will sink in deeply and remain with you long after you have turned the final page.
This debut novel grabbed my attention and didn't let go. Nora Brown, wife, mother of a six year old girl, and high school English teacher and Department head, is disturbed one day, sitting in her classroom after the students have gone, by the appearance of a young girl's face in the air before her. Two days later, a similar event occurs, but there is also a child's voice.
Needless to say, Nora is worried, has various medical and neurological exams and ultimately is advised to see a psychiatrist. It is there that tension continues to increase and the story continues to spool out. There are also issues in her marriage driving Nora and her husband apart. So many sources of tension.
This is a very effective psychological novel that I do recommend. We see Nora's therapeutic process in up close, interesting ways that feel very real. It brings us into this woman's worst nightmares as we live her struggle with her present and her past, all she has known. It's a gripping read.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Nora has just finished teaching a high school English class when a face with startling blue eyes appears above the desks. She’s not sure if she’s losing her mind or has seen a ghost. In a sense both possibilities are true and as the story continues readers begin to understand why. William Faulkner said, “The past isn’t dead, it isn’t even past” and that statement definitely applies to Quinn’s debut novel. It’s not an easy book because of the subject matter—sexual abuse, mental illness, alcoholism, suicide—and it’s not for everyone. I’m grateful to Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The Night Child portrays Nora with sensitivity and gave me a real sense of her interior struggles. The writing itself is good and the pacing is fairly quick. However, I would have liked to get a better understanding of some of the other characters. There seemed to be a contrast between the flashbacks—which were quite vivid—and the 1990s events. This may have been intentional on the part of the author and was effective in conveying the devastating effect the past had on her life. I still would have liked to know more about Nora's husband, her principal, her daughter and a particular student. Toward the end there were a few scenes that did develop the characters in greater depth, especially her husband, but I would have liked more of that earlier on. That said, I’m glad I had the chance to read this disturbing yet honest book
I received a free copy of 'The Night Child' in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Anna Quinn and Blackstone Publishing.
Wow. What an incredible debut novel. I'm going to be thinking about this one for months...
Nora Brown is a teacher. A floating face appears in her classroom one afternoon and then again at home the following day. Filled with terror, she meets with neurologists and then psychologists to try and work out why she is hallucinating. Her sessions with the psychologist help her to uncover a deep, dark secret which she has managed to force herself to forget.
The characters in this book are so well written. I found myself completely able to identify with Nora, despite having absolutely nothing in common with her. I really did find myself on the edge of my seat whilst I was reading - I'm not sure I've really sympathised or cared as much about a character before.
I'll admit that from the blurb given, I wasn't especially excited about this book, but it really has got to me. I was beyond gripped right from the beginning of the story, and completely shocked by the route it actually took. I found myself researching 'split consciousness,' something I was fairly unaware of before. I'll take my hat off to Quinn for writing so well about such a complex topic and tying it in so well to such a gripping story.
An absolute page turner - suspenseful, dark and also quite heartbreaking - as I said before, this one will actually stay with me for a while. I can't stop thinking about it. Well done Anna Quinn - I would LOVE to see more from you!
Thank you to Anna Quinn (the author), Blackstone Publishing, and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy of The Night Child. I rated a solid 4 stars.
First off, this book needs a trigger warning. It contains sexual violence and child abuse, including fairly graphic descriptions of both. If this is not your type of book, make sure to pass on it given its content.
When I read the premise of the book, I thought it sounded unique (and I had no idea it involved sexual violence/child abuse from the description, which reveals part of the plot I suppose). I decided to try it out because of the unusual description - a high school English teacher named Nora starts suffering from debilitating headaches and seeing the face of a disembodied child. She thinks she's losing it, or suffering from a severe medical issue. Her home life is likewise falling apart; her spouse is disengaged and impatient with her, and doesn't seem to really care at all about her health issues. The most important people in Nora's life are the students she teaches, and her young daughter Fiona, who she adores.
Scared of what is going on in her head (literally and metaphorically), Nora seeks out a psychiatrist. Her sessions slowly reveal her tragic childhood, one that is coming back to haunt her in the present. Secrets are revealed, and the mystery of Nora's mental and physical health is unraveled as the plot unfolds.
I read this book in a day and a half during a really busy couple of days. The writing is excellent, and while the subject matter isn't something I would usually read (especially a story dealing with child abuse), I was able to tolerate the subject matter because the story was compelling and seemed real. I identified with the characters and wanted to know how the story resolves.
To summarize: a quick but terrifying read through a damaged human psyche.