In this paranormal romance there's only one shade of gray and it's a malevolent one. Paige Malone, best-selling crime writer, has bought a haunted hou...moreIn this paranormal romance there's only one shade of gray and it's a malevolent one. Paige Malone, best-selling crime writer, has bought a haunted house. Its ghostly occupant wants to use Paige for its own purposes and will stop at nothing to achieve its ends. No one's safe, not even Paige's beloved dog, and especially not Duncan O'Connor, the handsome Irish artist who had his own plans for the house. In a twist I did not see coming, Paige's friends new and old discover the identity of the troublesome spirit.
While I found the story enjoyable with its unusual plot twist and strong characters, it also could have used some judicious proof-reading and editing. I found the misplaced punctuation (especially the apostrophes!) and homonyms substituted for the intended words in the text distracting to say the least. Cleaned up a bit, it would be the perfect book to curl up with on a cold, dark winter's afternoon. Thanks for sending this First Reads book in my direction!(less)
I received The Uninvited Guests as a GoodReads First Read. What a great book to add to your summer reading pile!
It begins as what seems a straight-fo...moreI received The Uninvited Guests as a GoodReads First Read. What a great book to add to your summer reading pile!
It begins as what seems a straight-forward English country house novel. The Torrington family loves Sterne, but can't afford to pay for its upkeep. While Charlotte's new husband is off trying to secure a loan to keep the property, the meager staff is frantically preparing an elaborate dinner to celebrate Emerald Torrington's twentieth birthday. A potential local suitor and Emerald's best friend Patience Sutton and her mother from out of town will be there for the event.
After their groom picks up Patience at the railway station, he is hailed by a railway agent who demands that the residents of Sterne prepare to receive victims of an accident on a nearby branch line. These third class passengers are the uninvited guests of the title. When the passengers arrive, they are ushered into the morning room with the door shut as the rest of the family and guests do their best to ignore them. That is, until Charlie Traversham-Beechers, another accident victim, arrives at their door. Charlie is different. He knows Charlotte Torrington, and her housekeeper, Florence. He no sooner is in the house then he stats exerting an unhealthy influence on all the members of the dinner party with his sly innuendoes and disquieting parlor games, but especially on Clovis Torrington, Emerald's older brother. Only their young sister, Smudge, seems to be immune from his malign charm. Things turn ugly when Charlie succeeds in turning the guests on each other by revealing carefully concealed secrets and their uninvited guests begin roaming the hallways to demand attention.
I thoroughly enjoyed the conventional opening to this novel with its lyrical descriptions of country life, and glimpses of the "downstairs" world of the stables and kitchen. When the plot took a twist through unexpected territory, it got even better. If I tell you anything else, I'll spoil the book for you. You'll just have to read it for yourself and find out why everyone else will be talking about The Uninvited Guests!(less)