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The House Guest by Mark Edwards

The Blurb:

“Brilliant, shocking and very creepy. Mark Edwards has done it again.”—Elly Griffiths, bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway series

A perfect summer. A perfect stranger. A perfect nightmare.

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…

The House Guest is the chilling new psychological thriller from the three million copy bestselling author of Here to Stay and Follow You Home.

About Mark Edwards:

Mark has sold over 3 million books since his first solo novel, The Magpies, was published in 2013 and has topped the bestseller lists numerous times. His other novels are Because She Loves Me, Follow You Home, What You Wish For, The Devil's Work, The Lucky Ones, The Retreat, In Her Shadow, Here To Stay and The House Guest. He has also published A Murder of Magpies (a short sequel to The Magpies) and six books co-authored with Louise Voss. Mark lives in the West Midlands, England, with his wife, their three children, three cats and a golden retriever.

My Review:

The House Guest only took me a couple of days to read... nothing changed there then because words from the pen of Mark Edwards has always been unputdownable for me. A different setting across the pond in NY, but the plot started with a typical Mark Edwards domestic scene, gradually progressing into a psychological thriller situation. But then... this story becomes much much bigger than that, and puts me in mind of some of the work of Mark Edwards and Louise Voss. Brits, Adam and Ruth are house sitting for a couple, Jack and Mona, who they met on a cruise, which was convenient for Ruth, a rising star on stage and screen, who has landed a part on Broadway. On a stormy night, a stranger, Eden calls, a young girl asking for Jack and Mona. She said she was following up an open invitation from the said couple to stay whenever she wanted. Because of the distance she had travelled, the weather and her assumed lack of funds, Adam and Ruth feel obliged to take a risk, give her the benefit of the doubt and accommodate her, even though it is not their house. Bad decision... but... I'm not giving any spoilers away. There is plenty of suspense, twists and action, to ensure an extraordinary and outstanding, reading experience.

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