EXCERPT: January 2019
Wendy is as good as her word, and the Raven Hall invitation is delivered to Sadie’s flat the next day, along with an incredibly chic, old-fashioned suitcase with Sadie Langton printed on the luggage label. Sadie studies the front of the heavily embossed card: ‘You are cordially invited to play a game at Raven Hall.’ She flips it over to read the details: ‘Saturday 19th January. Chauffeur to collect you 5:00 p.m. Drinks in the drawing room from 7:00 p.m. Dinner and the game to commence 7:30 p.m. in the dining hall.’ Beneath this is a handwritten line in looping blue ink: ‘Thank you so much for agreeing to join us – it will be a weekend to remember!’
ABOUT ‘THE PERFECT GUESTS’: A very quick read that hooked me almost immediately. The Perfect Guests takes place over two timelines.
1988: Beth is an orphaned teenager who is fostered out to a couple with a daughter of a similar age, Nina. They live at Raven Hall.
2019: Sadie, a struggling actress, is offered the very well paid role of a guest at a murder-mystery weekend at….Raven Hall.
The story is told from the perspectives of Beth and Sadie, and occasionally from that of another character, whose identity is not revealed until over halfway through the book.
I really liked this book initially, it swept me along, my feelings of apprehension and anticipation skyrocketing. But then it all began to get a bit untidy, repetitive, and a little loose, for lack of a better word. It started to lack cohesion, became a bit random and awkward. And the ending? Yeah, okay, I might have rated it a little higher if it were not for ‘The Return to Raven Hall’ – the last two chapters were just a step too far.
BUT, I will be interested to see what this author comes up with next.
I: @emmarousaithor @littlebrownbookgroup_uk
T: @EJRous @LittleBrownUK
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 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.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Little Brown Book Group UK for providing a digital ARC of The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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