Written By: Anna Quinn

Narrated By: Cassandra Campbell

Date: January 2018

Duration: 6 hours 52 minutes


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.


  • Natalie H.

    TOTALLY not what I expected. I though this book had a supernatural twist. Yah. No. Where as I would not normally pick a book like this. I thought it was very well written. Not a real pick me up though. But unlike others, I liked the ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I did not like how It ended it doesn’t tell you if she lives or dies

  • Anonymous

    This book was hard to follow in parts. It was definitely a psych book and entertaining and I eventually got it together....but I truly do not want to work hard to piece a book together or keep it together in my head.


    Difficult to hear when you are a victim of child abuse, but good read. Ending wasn’t so great....

  • Anonymous

    very interesting and very enlightening

  • Linda N.

    This book is a story of self growth and processing a very real childhood trauma. I was very invested into the beginning of this book hoping for a spooky supernatural twist. The narrator did a great job of absorbing the roll of the main character and making her thoughts and feelings come to life. I was turned off by the plot-turn of the novel and hoped it was some weird misunderstanding and it was uncomfortable for the rest of the book. I think a little more clarity in the books description would’ve prevented me from choosing this book. I understand it’s heartbreaking real life, but a bit of warning would’ve been ideal. The book just seemed to punch you in the face and then end. I finished it, but I was hoping for more.

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