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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  35,330 ratings  ·  2,571 reviews
Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for.

The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
The In-Laws From Hell!

Here to Stay is a psychological thriller about a newlywed couple whose marriage spirals into the depths of hell after their in-laws move in.

Elliot has led a conservative life. He runs an educational non-profit and spends his spare time restoring his beautiful Victorian house on Cuckoo Lane. After a near-death experience, he decides to embrace life and proposes to his girlfriend of 3 months, Gemma. Shortly after they wed, Gemma’s parents move in along with Gemma’s young
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Elliott is a 38 year old scientist that lives a regimented life with Charlie his cat. One day, during a public viewing of his garden, he meets the lovely Gemma and they seem to hit off. Within two months they are married and she is living in his very well-to-do home. Not long after it seems her parents and younger sister are relocating from France and are coming to stay for just a few days until they can find a place of their own.

A few days turns to into a few weeks turns into an absolute night
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Edwards is back with another of his spine-tingling thrillers that keeps the reader wondering throughout. Elliot Foster enjoys a quiet life, teaching under-privileged children the joys of science. When he crosses paths with Gemma Robinson one day, it is both fate and love at first sight. Their whirlwind romance soon sees them married and enjoying a lovely life together. However, Gemma’s appearance is soon followed by the return of her family from France, including two parents and a young adu ...more
A old Victorian house lovingly restored by Elliott is now home to him and his new bride, Gemma.  Life is beautiful.  Ah, time for Elliott to meet the in-laws.  They had been living in France and are currently without a place to call home.  Mom, Pop, and Sis are invited to stay for the nonce while they find a place of their own.  This segues all too quickly into a nightmare.  The family visitors turn into something more akin to squatters, rude, nasty, and possibly dangerous.  Did I mention the ho ...more
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio

It didn’t take long for the warning bells to start going off for me as I listened to this. For those of us who remember the robot from Lost in Space calling out “Danger! Danger!”, well, that’s all I could think as well. And that’s well before the in-laws show up at Elliot’s house. And once they do, it’s like watching a slow motion car wreck. I was glued to my earphones wondering what would happen next. I kept wanting to warn Elliot, to scream for him to take action.

I loved the joke of the house
Sean Peters
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG.... What a Book... Mark Edwards Best Book.

Compulsive, gripping, tense, heart pounding, dark twisted story, that will shock to the root !!

A beautiful home. A loving wife. "And in-laws to die for."

Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for.

The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mys
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-first
We're the Robinsons--we're survivors.

Holy shitzies, fellow readers! WHAT A ROLLER COASTER RIDE!

I'm a long-time fan of Mark Edwards, but he truly outdid himself with this gem of a story. I started reading it about 6 hours ago, and I'm already finished. I couldn't put my Kindle down!

The characters? All beautifully fleshed out, especially a reader, I could feel his pain, frustration, anger, and despair. In his shoes, I'd feel the exact same way. I found myself cheering him on throu
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read several of Mark Edwards books and I have to say they just get better and better. Just reading the blurb gave me goosebumps and I couldn’t wait to plunge into this story!!!

Elliott and Gemma meet when he opens his garden to the public, theirs is a whirlwind romance and after 2 months they marry in Las Vegas.

When Gemma’s parents say they are returning from living in France but have no where to live, Elliott offers them a temporary place to stay. Where’s the harm in being charitable?

Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one will give it 3.5 review.firstly enjoyed the start of this read it's more of the books I enjoy from mark Edward's the twists but alot of it was far fetched why the in laws was in the house he owned but didnt change the locks while they were out as got new bed.the murders of his neighbours how can there be no trace of evidence DNA etc.for me a story needs to be more realistic but do like the parts of the these books more than the ghostly ones. ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
The best thing I can say about this is that the spelling and punctuation were good.

I finished it very, very quickly. I read it fast, but not in that "Oh My! This is so good I’ve got to know what happens next!" way—more in the "Oh My! This is so bad I just want it to be over!" way.

If you like incredibly stupid, unrealistic characters dumped down in the middle of stupid, unrealistic situations in a stupid, unrealistic plot with stupid, unrealistic twists that come as no surprise whatsoever, then
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Elliot is single, good career, lovely home in Dulwich, fairly well off and happy ( he also still likes Eau Savage which I used to love in my youth!)
But he is lonely
Enter Gemma, she appears at an ‘open garden’ event
Its instant ( fatal ) attraction
They Marry in Vegas
Its all perfect, just perfect

Then Gemma’s parents and Sister arrive for a visit, they want to ‘put down roots’, locally and so of course Elliot obliges, welcoming them

And its literally the worst thing he has ever done in his life!!

I r
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Audio – 5 Stars!
Story – 4.5 Hospitality Be Damned Stars!

This book made me ragey to the point that I was cracking up with laughter.

The main character invites his wife’s family into their home, and they won’t leave!! They were disgusting, cunning, and downright dangerous. What had me cracking up was how the main character would fantasize about getting rid of them. They were pretty dark thoughts, and I couldn’t blame him. It’s fair to say his in-laws were from hell and were thrown out by the devil
Elliot has a comfortable life with a rewarding career and a beautiful home he remodeled. The only thing missing is a family. When he meets Gemma, she seems perfect for him, and they have a brief courtship before marrying. Soon after getting married, Gemma's family (mother, father, and sister) need somewhere to stay. Elliot is happy to welcome them into his home for a couple of weeks, but the time keeps passing and his in-laws aren't leaving. In fact, they're taking over his home and starting to ...more
Louise Wilson
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars rounded down to 3

Elliot Foster has it all; a job he loves, a comfortable lifestyle and the love of his life, Charlie his cat. Then a chance meeting with Gemma, sweeps him off his feet. He's head over heels in love and they marry after a few short months. When Gemma asks Elliot if her parents and sister, Chloe can come to stay for a couple of weeks as they are moving back to England from France, Elliot is happy to let them stay. But it's not long before Gemma's parents feet are firmly u
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, crime, mystery, suspense
‘Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days’ – Benjamin Franklin.

Elliot Foster and Gemma Robinson meet, fall in love, and marry, all within the space of two months.

Days after their wedding, Gemma announces that her parents, and sister Chloe, are returning to the UK from France, and asks whether they can stay for two weeks while they arrange somewhere to live. Elliot readily agrees, eager to get to know his wife's family.

But right from the onset, Elliot’s In-Laws – Jeff and Lizzy Robinso
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Terrible book.
Total waste of my " First Read "
I, like the main character, wish to rewind time.
The cat was the most believable character.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The new standalone novel by Mark Edwards who writes excellent psychological thrillers.
When Elliot Foster and Gemma Robinson meet one summer afternoon, she saves his life from a life threatening bee sting. It is love at first sight and marry two months later in Las Vegas. In the weeks following their marriage Elliot could not be happier but all that changes when shortly after the wedding Gemma announces that her family are moving back to the UK. Elliot in an effort to please Gemma suggests that h
Megan BG
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks-i-own
I find it hard to believe that someone could be as naive as Elliot. The red flags were off the chart. I spent most of the book worried about the cat. Elliot didn't seem to be that concerned about his cat.

Spoiler is about the cat because I wish I had known what happened.

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“You know I don’t have much experience of big families, but from what I’ve seen there are two types. The type where everything is out in the open, where they argue and shout and slam doors, and where disagreements are dealt with loudly and quickly. And the other type, where no one really says what they mean, where everyone tiptoes around and emotions are kept buried.”
― Mark Edwards, Here To Stay

I will try to explain why I did not like this novel, especially because I love his writing and I ador
Erin (from Long Island, NY)
4.5! My second by Mark Edwards, & it didn’t disappoint! He’s really good at coming at these thrillers from a new angle.. They feel fresh & completely new. I also like the way he develops his characters. I can picture them, I mean I “know” these people by the end of the book! For me, Because She Loves Me (the first of his that i recently read) came out on top, but I think it’s really just a personal preference. Certain people in this 1, & their actions were SO frustrating!! But then, it’s all par ...more
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
In Mark Edwards newest book, we meet Elliot and Gemma. Elliot is a scientist who teaches young kids, he lives alone in a renovated home with only one friend. He's happy but a little lonely living with just his cat. Until he meets Gemma, who just happens to enter his garden when he opens it up to the neighborhood to explore. After a whirlwind romance--everything happens within a few months--they get married. Shortly after they are married, Gemma asks if her parents can stay for a couple weeks, as ...more
C.L. Taylor
Another blinder of a book by one of my favourite psychological thriller authors, Mark Edwards. What Mark does so brilliantly in all of his books is make you think, 'what would I do in this situation?' and in Here to Stay I was as flummoxed and frustrated as his main character, Elliot. What would you do if in-laws from hell turned up, moved in and refused to move out? There were surprises galore in this book and I said,'Oh no!' aloud, several times (you are a cruel man, Mark Edwards). Here to Sta ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok until it became absurd.
Kat Dietrich
Here to Stay by Mark Edwards is a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Thomas & Mercer, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

Elliott has been a bachelor for a long time.  When he meets Gemma, he falls hard.  Soon they are married, and all is good.  That is, until her parents and sister return from France,
Emma Garland
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Gemma stumbles upon Elliott during an open garden day, she stops to admire his beautiful house. They begin to chat and swiftly fall in love. A whirlwind wedding in Vegas later and everything is going swimmingly. That is until the in laws invite themselves to stay.

Rolling up shortly after with Gemma’s younger sister Chloe in tow, they soon begin to wreak havoc. Her parents are utter slobs and Chloe is supposedly ill, locked away in her room. Just when Elliott thinks he cant take anymore, si
The Cats’ Mother
Hmm, I’m on the fence about this one. I have now read a few of Edwards’ books with mixed results - generally 3 to 4 stars, finding them suspenseful, clever and generally unpredictable, but with unlikeable characters and preposterous plots. None have elicited from me the glowing 5 star reviews that I’ve seen frequently in my feed. This one returns to the same themes as his Magpies trilogy - an innocent man terrorised in his own home by people he cannot defend himself against - but this time it’s ...more
Elliot's has spent lots of time and money restoring his house and he is very proud of his home. When he meets Gemma he falls in love with her and they marry a few months later. After the wedding Gemma asked if her family can come to stay for a few weeks. Her mum, dad and younger sister arrive and it's clear from the start that this is not an ordinary family. This situation is about to get out of control and Elliot will live to regret his recent decisions.
I enjoyed most of this book although the
Wow, Elliot's in-laws are the stuff nightmares are made of. I thought the book began a little slowly but the intensity escalates steadily until it reaches it's explosive end.

This is my first book by Mark Edwards but it is certainly not my last.
Lucii Dixon
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well I'm certainly feeling rather lucky to have great in-laws, especially after this thrilling read! And I wish I could give this more than 5 stars, it's worth a hundred more (at least!).

Not only were the characters exceptionally well put together, but the storyline itself with superb. It has the twists, the turns and the emotion that every psychological thriller NEEDS to have to be successful. And Mark Edwards has nailed it on the head. I thought The Lucky Ones and The Retreat were my favourite
Fred Shaw
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine: The in-laws from hell come to visit and they’re “Here to Stay”! I was riveted to the storyline from start to finish and there is a surprise ending to cap off an excellent read. Highly recommended.

The book was made available by Amazon First Reads, prerelease copies of new books. Thanks Amazon!
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