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The Dream House

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  193 ratings  ·  92 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
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published June 21st 2019 by Bookouture
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Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arc, blog-tour
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
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
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
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
⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 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 the s
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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
Bookish room
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.
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,
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
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 no
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Review coming soon.
Books 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
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Following the death of her parents, Stella decides to use her inheritance to buy a fixer-upper by the sea to share with her boyfriend Jack and turn it into her dream home. The remodel has definitely taken on toll on their relationship, so one evening Stella decides that she is going to go above and beyond to recreate the mood for the two of them.

The mood is cut short when Stella and Jack are startled with an incessant banging on their front door. Stella is floored when a battered woman named Lo
Lisa Jenkins
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to first thank NetGalley and Jess Ryder for my ARC of the The Dream House. I read The ex-wife a few months back and it was such a great thriller and I could not wait to get my hands on this book and just dive in. I have to say Jess Ryder did not disappoint. This was another great psychological thriller and it had me from page one and I didn’t want it to end. Also online this books title is the dream house but when it sent to my kindle it just says the guest so if you are confused that is ...more
Lel Budge
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookouture
After the death of her parents, Stella buys a nearly derelict house, her plan is to turn it into her dream home, with her boyfriend Jack.

One night, a battered and beaten woman named Lori knocks on the door, pleading for help.

Stella is all for helping Lori, to protect her from a violent husband, but Jack has reservations….he’s not sure she’s telling the whole truth…..Stella just cannot leave Lori to fend for herself so she has to make a decision……Jack or Lori…but will her decision bring back memo
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Dream House (originally titled The Guest) is a phycological thriller with a dual timeline. The story is about domestic violence and what effect it takes on young kids who are exposed to it at an early age.

The author introduces us to two different characters: Kay and Stella.

Kay's life took a drastic change the moment she met Foxy. Dreams of her own little family have finally come true. However, as months went by, behind the closed doors, Kay's life became a living nightmare. From a charming y
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I received this book originally titled ‘The Guest’ by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

This book has so much in it, Secrets, Betrayal, Murder, Mental Health & Domestic Violence, so many issues were raised in this book, but Jess does well to navigate them all.

Every chapter left you on a cliff hanger leaving you with more questions you needed answering and reading ahead to what happened next.

I tried to guess their connections to the house, and managed to get one right, but for the
J_Mc 251
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are psych thrillers that are “unputdownable,” and then there are ones that keep giving you one-two jabs of “holy heck what just happened?!?” The Dream House is the perfect combination of the two. I read it in two sittings (only due to a prior commitment) otherwise I would have read straight through. It is masterfully crafted with a plot that is both brutally realistic and hauntingly beautiful. It should probably be mentioned that the subject matter (domestic violence) might be triggering t ...more
Nicola Southall
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by Jess Ryder. I really enjoyed it and will definitely be reading more.
I like the way the book is written with 2 stories, Stella now and Kay then that intertwine within each other. This keeps the book interesting and a real page turner I wanted to know what would happen next with each of the women.
The author has been sympathetic to the topic of domestic violence not getting too caught up in the actual violence but certainly makes the reader understand what the
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