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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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Clever and engaging. Rous creates the ultimate house party mystery. A room full of strangers - or are they? Whispers of an old tragedy - or is it? An elaborately plated dinner - until one by one the guests fall ill. Old secrets and new dangers collide in this deliciously thrilling tale -- Lisa Gardner, No.1 New York Times bestselling author

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

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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!

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!

Clever and engaging. Rous creates the ultimate house party mystery. A room full of strangers - or are they? Whispers of an old tragedy - or is it? An elaborately plated dinner - until one by one the guests fall ill. Old secrets and new dangers collide in this deliciously thrilling tale

Stunningly written, simmering with secrets and tension, I cannot recommend The Perfect Guests highly enough

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

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  • 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
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Emma 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, then worked as a small animal veterinary surgeon for eighteen years before starting to write fiction. Emma lives near Cambridge in England with her husband and three sons, and her rescue dog and cat.

The Au Pair was her first novel, published in eleven countries in ten languages. The Perfect Guests is her second novel, out in January 2021.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting mystery set in the Fens of East Anglia
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2021
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of love, loss and lots of suspense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of love, loss and lots of suspense.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 February 2021
A really exciting read. I loved how the different threads of the story all eventually came together, with lots of twists and turns to keep you on your toes! Beautiful descriptions of the Fen countryside and left me wanting to know what happened next..?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drama in the Fens...a fantastic page turner from Emma Rous
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 February 2021
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