Tuesday, January 12, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Blog Tour for THE PERFECT GUESTS by Emma Rous

The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous 

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.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐
If you like tense thrillers set in an old manor house that is practically a character on its own, then this is the book for you. The story is told in dual timelines and is primarily from 2 points of view with a third thrown in to spice up the suspense. Most of the twists are pretty easy to anticipate, especially if you're an avid thriller reader, but they're still well done and they work perfectly with the story. The only drawback for me was the ending. That's not to say it's a bad ending, but the last part of the book just doesn't have the same feel as the rest. It's like that Gothic vibe was missing and it's a bit lighter, I suppose. Nevertheless, the story did hold my interest from start to finish, and I certainly enjoyed Emma Rous' writing style. I'd easily recommend this one, and I look forward to seeing what she does next. 


Emma Rous is the USA Today bestselling author of The Au Pair. She 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, and worked as a small animal veterinarian for eighteen years before starting to write fiction. Emma lives near Cambridge in England with her husband and three sons, and she now writes full time.

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