Night Child
by Quinn, Anna

When teacher Nora begins to see an apparition of a girl, she seeks treatment from neurologists and a psychiatrist for an explanation for the visions, which reveals a terrible secret that pushes Nora toward an even deeper psychological breakdown.

Nora Brown is living an ordinary life as a teacher, wife, and mom in Seattle when suddenly everything changes. A girl's face mysteriously appears, floating above Nora's desk as students are dismissed, shaking Nora to her core. When the girl appears again the next day whispering "remember the Valentine's dress," Nora is once again perplexed. She is unable to connect this apparition to herself, thinking only of her six-year-old daughter. Nora must instead look inward at a past she has tried to forget, with an abusive, alcoholic mother and a father who abandoned her. Visits to a psychiatrist begin to unravel this troubled childhood and eventually uncover the dark secrets Nora has buried deep inside her subconscious. The Night Child is an exhilarating debut: Quinn immediately pulls the reader in and doesn't let go until the final scene. She commands each page and expertly dives into the inner working of a broken mind. This fast-paced, riveting novel of coping with the past while trying to salvage life in the present is hard to put down. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

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