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The Perfect Guests: an enthralling, page-turning thriller full of dark family secrets Paperback – 12 January 2021
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A richly atmospheric time-slip mystery with the pulse of a thriller, The Perfect Guests is deliciously evocative and absolutely spellbinding. Set up like a game of Cluedo, the story alternates between two narratives, one in the past, the other in the present, each chapter winding the tension higher as you discover the pieces you need to solve the puzzle. With vividly drawn characters, gorgeous prose, and an electric sense of place and time, I was sucked in from the very first page. The Perfect Guests is a fun and immensely satisfying treat! -- Christina McDonald, USA Today bestselling author
Anyone yearning for a page-turning gothic story with a big house - and a shocking family secret - at its heart should gatecrash The Perfect Guests immediately! -- Eve Chase
Shocking revelations and murderous intentions . . . this is a party suspense fans are advised to crash ― Booklist (starred review)
As seductive but secretly treacherous as Raven Hall itself, this novel delivers devour-in-a-day diversion.. Rous has upped her game with this one ― Publishers Weekly
The Perfect Guests is an engaging, unsettling tale of suspense, perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley ― BookReporter
A large, old house with a tragic past; a murder mystery weekend turning sinister; strange games of pretend being played within a family . . . What's not to love? Gripping from start to finish, with lots of gorgeous descriptions of the Fens -- Helen Cooper, author of The Downstairs Neighbour
There's a glamorous murder-mystery weekend at the heart of this wonderfully atmospheric novel - and as the game begins, we're enmeshed in a page-turning tale full of suspense, secrets and shocking revelations. Set against the desolate landscape of the Fens and the gothic splendour of Raven Hall, The Perfect Guests is a deliciously compulsive read -- Saskia Sarginson, bestselling author of The Twins
A fabulously atmospheric setting, a cast of intriguing characters, and layer upon layer of mystery - this is a brilliant read -- C. J. Cooper, bestselling author of The Book Club
The Perfect Guests invites readers behind the doors of Raven Hall to uncover a labyrinth of dark lies and slippery secrets. Twisty and utterly engrossing, I raced through it in one sitting and didn't stop until I reached the jaw-dropping ending -- Lindsay Cameron
Twisty and gripping, with a deliciously sinister murder mystery backdrop, The Perfect Guests had me utterly hooked, from its intriguing start right up until its heart-in-mouth ending. Dark, thrilling and expertly layered with secrets and suspense, it's a story you'll find impossible to put down -- Holly Miller, bestselling author of The Sight of You
The Perfect Guests is a Gothic mystery with an intriguing sense of place and a story that slowly unfurls with sinister tension. This page-turning novel, where games are always dangerous, takes on a life of its own -- Lisa Ballantyne, Richard & Judy bestselling author
Stunningly written, simmering with secrets and tension, I cannot recommend The Perfect Guests highly enough -- Jenny Ashcroft, bestselling author
Spine-chilling fun -- Morning Star
- Publisher : Piatkus; 1st edition (12 January 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0349419108
- ISBN-13 : 978-0349419107
- Dimensions : 15.2 x 2.6 x 23.2 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 264,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In one timeline, young orphan Beth finds herself a guest of the old manor house Raven Hall when the Averell family take her in as companion for their precocious only daughter Nina. In the present, Sadie, an unemployed actress and a drifter, takes on a job role playing the part of a guest at a murder mystery weekend at Raven Hall, a formerly grand country house that has seen its share of tragedies. How these two characters’ stories eventually connect is the fabric that makes up Emma Rous’ latest mystery, and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.
I loved all the secrets, the twists and turns and the foreshadowing that drove this story for me. I was consumed with the hows, and whys and whats that every new revelation brought with it. I did however think that the murder mystery weekend section could have exploited the mystery and suspense of the old mansion a bit more, as it started out strong but then seemed to run out of steam before reaching its true potential.
I really enjoy Rous’ writing style, and it quickly drew me in. The atmospheric setting made for a brilliant backdrop to the strange family living in the manor house, and I was thoroughly intrigued. I think that if the last ¼ of the story could have lived up to its potential, it would have been a solid five star read for me, but the ending was a tiny bit convoluted and lacklustre for me. That said, this was a fast and entertaining read I devoured over the course of two nights, and I was loathe to put it down before finding out all the truths. I very much look forward to reading more from this author!
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 February 2021