Monday, March 29, 2021

Book Review - THE PERFECT GUESTS by Emma Rous


The Perfect Guests

Author: Emma Rous
Genre: Gothic Fiction
Release Date: January 12, 2021

About the Book:
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 sinister game.

1988. Beth Soames is fourteen years old when her aunt takes her to stay at Raven Hall, a rambling manor in the isolated East Anglian fens. The Averells, the family who lives there, are warm and welcoming, and Beth becomes fast friends with their daughter, Nina. At times, Beth even feels like she's truly part of the family...until they ask her to help them with a harmless game—and nothing is ever the same.

2019. Sadie Langton is an actress struggling to make ends meet when she lands a well-paying gig to pretend to be a guest at a weekend party. She is sent a suitcase of clothing, a dossier outlining 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 figures she’s got nothing to lose. 

In person, Raven Hall is even grander than she'd imagined—even with damage from a fire decades before—but the walls seem to have eyes. As day turns to night, Sadie starts to feel that there’s something off about the glamorous guests who arrive, and as the party begins, it becomes chillingly apparent their unseen host is playing games with everyone...including her.
Buy Links: Amazon 

My Review:
Emma Rous takes the reader on a Gothic trail from the late 1980's with a story of Beth, an orphaned girl, who comes to live in Raven Hall as a companion to Nina, the owners' young daughter. Her life at Raven Hall is... strange. I don't know how else to say it without giving away spoilers, but it's not the life of a typical young girl.  The story then shifts to 2019 and the life of an out of work young woman, Sadie, who gladly accepts the role of an actress in a mystery mansion weekend party. When the stories of Beth, Nina and Sadie collide, the true mystery begins.

With so many twists, turns and dark secrets, you will have to hang on to ride this one out! It was an enjoyable read for me, with interesting characters and an intriguing plot line. This was one of those stories that made you sit back after turning that last page and all you can do is take a deep breath and blow it out slowly! Wow!

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About the Author:

Emma Rous
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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