The Perfect Guests

The Perfect Guests

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"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 dangerous game. 1980: Beth Soames is fourteen years old when a kind couple finds her playing the violin at her orphanage's yearly fund-raiser. The Averills take her home with them to Raven Hall, a rambling manor on the Norfolk coast. There she runs wild with their daughter, Nina, and they become fast friends. At times, Beth even dreams she's truly part of the family...until she's asked to take part in what seems like a harmless game--and nothing is ever the same. Present day: Sadie Langton is an actress struggling to make ends meet when she lands a well-paying gig attending a weekend party. Her anonymous employer sends her a suitcase of clothing, a dossier of 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 can't resist the chance. In person, Raven Hall is even grander than she'd imagined--even with the damage from a fire decades before--but the walls seem to have eyes. As day turns to night, there is something off about the glamorous guests who arrive, and as the game she is meant to be leading begins, it becomes chillingly apparent their unseen host has plans for all of them...including her"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2021]
ISBN: 9780593201602
9780440000488
Branch Call Number: Rous, E
Characteristics: 284 pages ; 24 cm

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aliciamarie
Jan 06, 2021

From the start I was very intrigued. This is my first book from author, Emma Rous, and she does a phenomenal job setting the scene and building characters. Each chapter alternated between Beth, a teenager living in the house as a guest in the late 80s and Sadie, an aspiring actress in 2019 who is invited to play a part in the grand reopening of the mansion.

Beth's chapters are filled with backstories about the odd behavior of the inhabitants of Raven Hall she experienced when she lived there. Sadie's chapters are filled with more odd characters who somehow have a connection to the house's past. How do they all fit together?

I was wholly sucked into this mystery. I can't say enough how the duel timelines really made this fun. Each page turn lead me deeper into the mystery and I could not for the life of me connect the dots. Then came the climax and ending and I was left with a feeling of emptiness.

The ending came fast and felt rushed. It seemed quite far-fetched and unbelievable. It was so unexpected, but I felt completely let down.

Despite the ending, I did enjoy this book as a whole. It was a wild journey that I would absolutely read again and recommend to everyone. A solid 4 1/2 star read!

The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous is due to be released here in the United States on January 12, 2021 so pre-order now!

Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group for allowing me an advanced copy to read and give my honest review.

Happy Reading!

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