EXCERPT: Something had happened last night. Something I couldn’t remember. I held on to the breakfast bar and waited for it to hit me, in the way that embarrassing memories always do after a drunken night.
Nothing came. Just a chilling sense of disquiet.
I tried to peer back through the fog in my brain. I remembered sitting on the chair, the two women on the sofa. I remembered Eden telling us something. A story.
A spasm of nausea hit me and I doubled over, just managing to stop myself from throwing up.
Eden had told us something last night. A secret.
Something about a friend of hers . . . a girl who had died. Or disappeared? It was unclear. I remembered Eden getting upset. We had all hugged, hadn’t we? I had a vague recollection that my stomach had hurt.
And then nothing.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: When British twenty-somethings Ruth and Adam are offered the chance to spend the summer housesitting in New York, they can’t say no. Young, in love and on the cusp of professional success, they feel as if luck is finally on their side.
So the moment that Eden turns up on the doorstep, drenched from a summer storm, it seems only right to share a bit of that good fortune. Beautiful and charismatic, Eden claims to be a friend of the homeowners, who told her she could stay whenever she was in New York.
They know you’re not supposed to talk to strangers—let alone invite them into your home—but after all, Eden’s only a stranger until they get to know her.
As suspicions creep in that Eden may not be who she claims to be, they begin to wonder if they’ve made a terrible mistake…
MY THOUGHTS: The House Guest had so much potential…but somewhere along the line it fell flat for me. Mark Edwards usually does suspense so well…but this time, I didn’t feel it. But that ending? That ending made reading the whole book worthwhile. Damn! It is good, and I would give Edwards the full five stars for the ending alone . . . but only three stars for the remainder of the book, so a 3.75 rating overall.
Even the characters are like cardboard cutouts. I didn’t relate to any of them, felt nothing for them. We don’t really get to know them at all.
I wanted to feel the suspense, the thrill, but it eluded me. I think the label ‘psychological’ thriller, isn’t really accurate here. This is a little lightweight and superficial compared with Edward’s other writing. I was expecting something grittier, darker. Something I could get my teeth into. Or something that would get it’s teeth into me. I didn’t get it.
This was a quick, easy read.
THE AUTHOR: Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.
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DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Amazon Publishing UK via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The House Guest by Mark Edwards for review. all opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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