The Perfect Guest by Emma Rous
Berkley Trade Paperback (January 12, 2021)
Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
The USA Today bestselling author of The Au Pair returns with another delicious, twisty novel—about a grand estate with many secrets, an orphan caught in a web of lies, and a young woman playing a sinister game.
1988. Beth Soames is fourteen years old when her aunt takes her to stay at Raven Hall, a rambling manor in the isolated East Anglian fens. The Averells, the family who lives there, are warm and welcoming, and Beth becomes fast friends with their daughter, Nina. At times, Beth even feels like she’s truly part of the family…until they ask her to help them with a harmless game—and nothing is ever the same.
2019. Sadie Langton is an actress struggling to make ends meet when she lands a well-paying gig to pretend to be a guest at a weekend party. She is sent a suitcase of clothing, a dossier outlining the role she is to play, and instructions. It’s strange, but she needs the money, and when she sees the stunning manor she’ll be staying at, she figures she’s got nothing to lose.
In person, Raven Hall is even grander than she’d imagined—even with damage from a fire decades before—but the walls seem to have eyes. As day turns to night, Sadie starts to feel that there’s something off about the glamorous guests who arrive, and as the party begins, it becomes chillingly apparent their unseen host is playing games with everyone…including her.
“I wish I hadn’t asked…Everything I ever thought…I wish I didn’t know..”
The Perfect Guest is a chilling, twisted thriller where a family seems to live in an isolated bubble at in their family home of Raven Hall. There are complex relationships, family secrets, and intriguing mind games are played for years. Mostly two storylines but does have a bit of a third. This was a fast paced, delightful book but I wish the ending was a bit more …thrilling? The mystery was presented and unraveled pretty fast and was not in tone of the rest of the book. Still gave me some aha moments at the end so I’m still content to have read it and did find it entertaining. Would make a great book club pick!
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (December 21, 2020)
ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emma Rous is the USA Today bestselling author of The Au Pair. She grew up in England, Indonesia, Kuwait, Portugal and Fiji, and from a young age she had two ambitions: to write stories, and to look after animals. She studied veterinary medicine and zoology at the University of Cambridge, and worked as a small animal veterinarian for eighteen years before starting to write fiction. Emma lives near Cambridge in England with her husband and three sons, and she now writes full time.