The Night Child

The Night Child

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.

Title:The Night Child
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781538434345

    The Night Child Reviews

  • Deanna

    3.5 Stars My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...Right off I knew this was going to be an emotional read. We are told in the description that “ a terrible secret is ...

  • Debra

    Nora Brown is a married High School English teacher with a six year old daughter. One day after class she sees a young girl's luminous face floating above a desk. She is alarmed and scared as most peo...

  • Ashley

    Read this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.Thank you to Blackstone Publishing and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel.Just look at this cover! I’ll admit, I was total...

  • Julie Christine

    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 ...

  • Selene

    A fractured mind. Old scars. Emotional trauma. This book's synopsis pretty much gives the entire story away, but this book was nicely written and flowed easily. Some of the content (view spoiler)[ince...

  • Pamela

    ReviewLast updated on 26 Jul 2017THE NIGHT CHILD is a masterfully written journey into the dark recesses of an abused woman's mind. It is a page turner...until it isn't due to the need to take a break...

  • Linda

    Thank you to Anna Quinn (the author), Blackstone Publishing, and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy of The Night Child. I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I would have...

  • Sue

    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 clas...

  • Carolyn

    I really enjoyed reading this very accomplished debut novel exploring the mind of a middle-aged woman who has been secrets from herself about trauma experienced in childhood. The main character, Nora ...

  • Lori Lamothe

    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 bo...