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The Dream House

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,004 ratings  ·  158 reviews
It’s everything she’s ever wanted …

When I first set eyes on Westhill House with its breath-taking views of the sea I knew Jack and I could make this our forever home.

It may be falling apart with an overgrown garden, but with some tender loving care, we can repair this beautiful building and perhaps our relationship too …

But the more time I spend renovating our new house, t
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Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published June 21st 2019 by Bookouture
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Berit☀️✨
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
What happens when your dream house turns into a nightmare! Jess Ryder has cleverly constructed an addictive domestic thriller. Stella has just moved to her dream house with her boyfriend Jack. The house is in need of a lot of work, but Stella can see its potential and has fallen head over heels in love with this home. Then one night there is a knock at the door, Who can possibly be at the door in the middle of the night? It is a strange woman Lori, battered and beaten and in need of a safe place ...more
Pauline
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Dream House by Jess Ryder is a psychological thriller that kept me engaged.
After Stella's parents are killed in an accident she decides to use her inheritance to buy a ramshackle house near the sea and renovate it to make her dream house.
One evening a woman knocks on the door asking for help. Stella takes her in. This act of kindness results in a web of secrets and lies and turns Stella's life upside down.
I enjoyed this book and all the twist and turns.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for
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Carrie
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review coming soon.
Nicki
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Westhill House was supposed to be their dream home,a sprawling mansion on the top of a hill,the house had a small corner turret perched on top of it and stunning views of the sea.Ok,it needed to be totally refurbished but the agents has told them that it had unlimited potential to be transformed into a stunning family home. Stella loved the house at first sight but her partner Jack wasn't as enthusiastic and once they had moved in,the more time they spent in the house,the more cracks began to ap ...more
Lou
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Dream House, previously entitled The Guest, is a psychological thriller worth devouring and was just the read I needed to get back into reading after a few days of illness. It has plenty of thrills and nail-biting creepiness but doesn't require too much brain power to get through. Sadly, it's becoming much rarer these days to see me recommend a domestic thriller as they have not only become boring but poorly executed too, but this is a superb example with a great rounded plot, excellent char ...more
ABookwormWithWine
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5

The Dream House (formally The Guest) by Jess Ryder is a compelling and heartbreaking look at domestic abuse.

What it's about: Stella finds Westhill House and decides that after a rehab, it will be the perfect place to build a future with her boyfriend Jack. But one day, not far into the rehab, a stranger shows up in the middle of the night claiming to be a victim of domestic abuse and hiding from her husband. The thing is, Westhill House used to be a refuge for battered women, and t
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Julie Lacey
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great psychological thriller that definitely had my mind occupied trying to work out what was really going on.
Stella has bought her dream house and her and Jack are slowly doing it up. They are living in a building site though and cracks are starting to appear in their relationship.
One night there’s frantic knocking at the door and when Stella opens it she’s faced with a woman struggling to stand as she’s been beaten up. She invites her to stay, much to Jack’s disgust.
Lori says she
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Tammy
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: release-2019
4 devilish 😈😈😈😈 disturbing stars! How far would you go to be a Good Samaritan? What line, if any, would you be willing to cross?
Jess Ryder has written a clever psychological thriller with lies, betrayals and murder all surrounding Stella’s dream home—Westhill House.
Be careful what you wish for. THIS DREAM HOUSE IS ANYTHING BUT for Stella and Jason.
Once a shelter for abused women and their children, it’s been vacant for years, the property deteriorating when Stella excited for their future in it
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Mark
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it

A quandary of a review!!!
This author writes great books, this one is really well written,the style easy and welcoming to a reader, all aspects and characters explained,scenes set and theres intrigue, mystery and suspense with the required twists and turns
The ‘dream house’ is a former refuge for victims ( or survivors ) of Domestic Violence and Stella and Jack have now bought it and are doing it up ( Stella has inherited a fortune and Jack intends to carry on commuting the 50 or so miles to Londo
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Stina
THE DREAM HOUSE (also titled as THE GUEST) is the second book by Jess Ryder I've read. The first one I was a little disappointed in and though this one rated better, I still found it somewhat lacklustre. I'm not sure how or why, but something is missing to pack it with that punch. It was still enjoyable...just not fantabulous.

Told from two perspectives in dual timelines, THE DREAM HOUSE begins with Stella in the present day, with Kay's story from 1978 interwoven throughout.

Having bought a comple
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Ruth Parker
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Dream House (originally titled The Guest) follows Stella and her partner Jack who have recently bought a house with Stella’s inheritance. Her parents were both killed in a hit and run accident and she is still grieving for her loss.
Moving from London to the seaside is having an impact on Stella and Jack’s relationship. Not only are they far away from their friends, they are coping with major building works disrupting their lives. Just when they think things can’t get any worse, a woman bang
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Shalini
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
NO... NO... NO... I can't believe what I have just read.

I was coursing down the the smooth path of a story set in a mystery genre that author Jess Ryder was taking me on where Stella came into some inheritance, after the passing of her parents. She bought the broken down Westhill House and started living there with partner Jack. Lori, a battered woman, came knocking at her door one night, and Stella, bless her heart, gave her shelter. And Lori stayed on and on... Jack was thrown out soon.. So f
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Chloe
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Stella and her boyfriend Jack just bought dream house which is a fixer-upper away from the city . One night, a battered and beaten woman Lori shows up at their door, begging for their help from her abusive husband. Stella offers her refuge for the night but Lori’s stay ends up longer and soon Stella is forced to make a decision between Jack and Lori.

The Dream House by Jess Ryder is a fast moving , domestic thriller.Told in two different timelines it comes together seamlessly at the end . An exc
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Paula Brandon
Stella and her boyfriend Jack have bought a large house with money Stella inherited from her deceased parents. One night, their lovemaking is interrupted by a banging on the door, and Stella lets in Lori, who is bloody and bruised and claims she is on the run from an abusive husband. She absolutely refuses to let Stella and Jack call the police.

For any person with half a brain, that would be a warning something is not on the up and up. But Stella is your typical psychological thriller white-woma
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Shelby
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Now: Stella has just bought a fixer-upper away from the city with her live-in boyfriend, Jack. One night, a battered and beaten woman named Lori shows up at their door, begging for their help. Stella can’t help but want to protect Lori from her abusive husband and offers her refuge for as long as she needs. But Jack believes Lori isn’t being truthful and that Stella is too naive for her own good. So Stella is forced to make a decision between Jack and Lori. With Lori in the house, Stella can’t h ...more
Els
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Please buckle up before you start reading this book, because the author takes you on a breathtaking ride. She throws you into the past and hauls you back into the present and again and again …

Someone who takes care of a stranger must be a good person, right? And when you look at that stranger there is no doubt that that person is genuine, right? Of course you can trust and believe your other half, right?

But when push comes to shove you are in for a serious surprise.

This story caught my interest
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Robin Loves Reading
Stella bought a house based on her inheritance, and she and her boyfriend Jack are determined to turn the former Westhill House into the perfect dwelling. However, Jack is getting frustrated with the renovation. One night a woman comes banging on their door. Her name is Lori and she claims that she is escaping her abusive spouse and that she was told that this house was a safe refuge.

Stella just cannot let the bruised and battered Lori back out into the night, so she allows her to stay, at least
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Gemma
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a fairly good read.
Alot of twists and turns that I didn't see coming .

I felt something big was unraveling and that kept me reading, however it did seem to take a long time for anything really nerve wracking to happen, and when it did it fell about flat for me.

The overall story line I enjoyed but I expected a bit more from it.
I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Melissa Young
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
In the present, It’s time to make a change in Stella’s life so she decides to use the inheritance from her parents to purchase Westhill House and remodel it into her dream home with her boyfriend Jack. Stella spends all her time at the house in a construction zone with the contractor, Alan while Jack is working all day. One night as Stella and Jack are enjoying a dinner and some time alone, there is a knock at the door and a woman, Lori is standing there beaten, bloody and frightened. She states ...more
Samantha Gonsalves
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Dream House is my second Jess Ryder book and I found it to be a good read. Its fast-paced and has some good twists. While I wasn't blown away as expected, the characters are what kept me hooked to this one.

When Stella first set eyes on Westhill House with its breath-taking views of the sea she feels a connection with the building. She convinces her partner Jack to move into Westhill House with her. But soon the never-ending renovations and constant take-outs take their toll on the relationsh
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Katie
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was kindly sent this book free of charge from Net galley in exchange for a honest review.

After reading the blurb I was quite excited to read this, it sounded my type of book. However unfortunately on the whole I found it quite boring and I wasn’t excited to pick it up. I struggled to stick with it. I didn’t warm to any of the characters and the storyline didn’t really go anywhere for me. It potentially had the makings of a decent story and I’m sure the domestic violence theme would be relatabl
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Marnie | Once Upon a Time Book Blog
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Plot Summary:

After the tragic death of her parents, Stella uses her inheritance to purchase a home for herself and her partner Jack. Known as Westhill House, which is located in the small town of Nevansay, it was once a refuge for battered women unbeknownst to Stella. Now in need of major renovations, Stella is up to the task with her contractor Alan and she gets stuck into it with gusto, with the hope that this is going to get her relationship with Jack back on track and bring them closer.

But t
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Leona
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Dream House (originally titled The Guest) was a book that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. From the first page it had me engrossed and kept my interest the whole way through. My only criticism was that some of the things that happened were a bit far fetched but it didn’t take away from my liking of this book.
Michael David
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stella uses the inheritance money from her parents' unfortunate death to purchase a dilapidated house that was once a refuge for abused women. She moves in with her boyfriend, Jack, in hopes of fixing it up and turning it into her dream house. One night, an older woman named Lori bangs on the door, begging to be let in. She is battered, and seems to think the house is still a refuge. Stella, to Jack's dismay, lets Lori stay and hide from her abusive husband while they figure out how to find her ...more
Lee Husemann
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stella and her boyfriend Jack moved into a big dilapidated 3-story home that had been used as a safe house for women and children of domestic violence years ago. Stella's parents had died and left her a lot of money so they were in the process of remodeling the home. The story is told in the then and now format with Stella being the now and Kay, a victim of DV, who lived in the home with her daughter years ago after leaving her violent husband, as the then. There are a lot of very interesting ch ...more
Ines
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-list-2019
This was an amazing read! Keeped me wondering, 'what will happened next'. It was relaxing, enjoyable and mysterious, all the things I love about good thrillers.

Thank you NetGalley, Bookouture and Jess Ryder for this ARC for a honest review.
Jennie
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stella buys a fixer-upper home, that she believes will be the place where her and her boyfriend, Jack, raise a family. One night, there is a knock on the door. A woman needs help, and their home used to be a refuge for women experiencing domestic violence. When Stella lets the woman in, things begin to change. To avoid spoilers, I will stop there.

The first 75% is 3 stars for me. A bit tedious and drawn out for my liking, but the remaining 25% is 5 stars for sure. The last 25% is a page turner,
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Erika
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and Bookoture for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I have been in a bit of a book slump of late. I have read some books that turned out to be good, but they weren't books that really kept me turning pages or books that I couldn't wait to get back to. Finally, with this book, I was hooked right away and wanted to read it every chance I got.

Stella spends the inheritance from her parents on a large fixer upper outside of London. She and her boyfriend are livin
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Melissa In The City
Jess Ryder Jess Ryder has done it AGAIN. Another knock your kindle out of your hands, gasp for breath, breathe in-breathe-out, OMG plot!
This one had me from the first page and it only got darker and more eerie as the pages continued. Jess has a way with words that makes her stories come to life. I could literally smell the dusty mildew air in the house and feel the cold in the dark makeshift bedroom. I felt as alone as the main character did in that house. But I also could feel the energy and hear the
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Books And Sunny
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Instead of writing a cohesive review on this, I decided to break it down and rate each section.
Plot: Stella and Jack are living in a new home they are in the middle of remodeling when there is a knock at the door one late night. Stella opens the door to find a woman on her doorstep in need of help. Jack is adamant about sending Lori away, but Stella will not listen to his reasons on why it's a bad idea to let her stay with them. Dismayed to find Stella and Lori getting closer each day, he becom
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