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A perfect summer. A perfect stranger. A perfect nightmare.

When British twenty-somethings Ruth and Adam are offered the chance to spend the summer housesitting in New York, they can’t say no. Young, in love and on the cusp of professional success, they feel as if luck is finally on their side.

So the moment that Eden turns up on the doorstep, drenched from a summer storm

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Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published June 3rd 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Catalina Definitely 14+. Maybe even 12+ if a more mature teen. There's a bit of violence and some sexual innuendos but nothing that most teens haven't seen on …moreDefinitely 14+. Maybe even 12+ if a more mature teen. There's a bit of violence and some sexual innuendos but nothing that most teens haven't seen on TV anyway. (less)
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
3.5 stars

The perfect distraction!


When Ruth, an up and coming actress, and her boyfriend, Adam, an aspiring writer, open their door on a dark and stormy night and find Eden on the other side, they make the biggest mistake of their lives--they invite her in! They soon find themselves in the hands of dangerous and crazy people!

I can’t say much more about the plot without giving away spoilers.

I was thoroughly entertained by The House Guest. It is fast-paced and easy to read. There is a good dose o
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Mark Edwards’ books so much! Of course I went blind without reading the blurb or any other reviews, additional comments and I invented a new happy dance between Macarena, line dancing, Criss Cross’ “Jump! Jump!” moves to celebrate my ARC!

And of course I had a great time with this unputdownable page turner. It’s one of my easiest reads with action-packed, fast paced, high tension, riveting chapters. It gives you the vibes of Netflix’s Osho documentary “Wild Wild Country” meets Sinner’s sec
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Sandra
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adam and Ruth (originally from England) are in Williamsburg, New York, housesitting for a couple (Jack and Mona Cunningham) they met a while back on a cruise. Ruth is an up-and-coming actress, ready to make it big. Adam is a writer, trying, but not doing as well as Ruth. One rainy day a pretty girl (Eden) appears on the doorstep and says she’s a friend of the Cunningham’s and that she came to surprise them with a visit. Adam and Ruth invite her in from the rain, they get to talking, and decide E ...more
Kelli Wilson
I am lost in a maze of convoluted thoughts and dizzying lights from disco bulbs still swirling my brain around from reading Mark Edward’s “The House Guest”. I am almost certain, that at some point around halfway or so, I think someone swapped out my copy and left me with another book entirely. As things went bloody crazy and I cannot tell you what was straight up or down or 6 ways from Sunday after that! I cannot make sense of what I read enough to provide a very sensible review. Here is my best ...more
Debra
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

A perfect summer. A perfect stranger. A perfect nightmare.

A perfect time for me to say: Don't be so quick to answer your door to a stranger. Have we learned nothing from reading books? But I digress...

Ruth and Adam are house-sitting in New York when a young woman shows up dripping wet in the middle of a rainstorm. She tells them she is there to visit the owners of the home who told her she could stop by whenever she wanted.

Children are taught not to talk to strangers, apparently this
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Matt
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Mark Edwards, and Amazon Publishing UK for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

A long-time fan of Mark Edwards and his writing, I turned to this book to see if it would bring the same psychological thrill. Edwards succeeds in delivering and spins a story with layers that the reader will discover as the plot progresses. Adam and Ruth are housesitting for some friends when there’s a
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Jayme
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
You are housesitting in NY

There is a summer storm...

The doorbell rings...

and, standing there, drenched, is a harmless looking young woman, who claims to be friends with the owner...

WOULD YOU INVITE HER IN?

The premise HOOKED me...the story, did not.

(just like with my first attempt from this author, "The Retreat", which I actually preferred to this one!!)

Mark Edwards is a three million copy best-selling author with many fans, so clearly I am just not the right audience for his work.

Thank You to
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Something had happened last night. Something I couldn't remember. I held on to the breakfast bar and waited for it to hit me, in the way that embarrassing memories always do after a drunken night.

Nothing came. Just a chilling sense of disquiet.

I tried to peer back through the fog in my brain. I remembered sitting on the chair, the two women on the sofa. I remembered Eden telling us something. A story.

A spasm of nausea hit me and I doubled over, just managing to stop myself from throwing
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NZLisaM
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5.

Mark Edwards never fails to take an ordinary domestic situation and turn it into your worst nightmare.


A British couple, Adam and Ruth, are house-sitting in New York City.

One evening a young woman knocks on the door, claiming to be a friend of the owners.

They invite her in, and then to stay.

A decision Adam and Ruth will soon live to regret!

When I first read the summary for The House Guest, I was equal parts thrilled to bits and somewhat hesitant that hot on the heels of his previous release
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Ceecee
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s a hot, humid summer in New York City. British born Adam and Ruth are housesitting for wealthy Mona and Jack Cunningham at their large Brooklyn house while they are away. They met on a cruise where Ruth was acting in a production of The Tempest, she now has a lead role in a Broadway play, her career is taking off. Adam is an aspiring writer but is not as yet successful, so there’s an unevenness to their relationship. One night there a tremendous storm, there’s a knock at the door and there, ...more
Bridgett
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
Protect one, protect all.

Looking back through the many Mark Edwards books I've read over the years, most of which I've rated 4 stars (with the occasional 3 sprinkled in), I'd definitely say The House Guest falls near the bottom of the group.

Although this story is written in Edwards' speedy, fun, action-packed style...which I love...the plot simply didn't hold my interest. At the beginning, I was ALL in. I mean, how creepy to invite a stranger into your home, thinking she's a friend of a fri
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Carolyn
This novel starts off really well with a stranger arriving soaking wet on a rainy night on the NY doorstep of Adam and Ruth who are house-sitting for friends. Eden claims to know the couple who own the house, Jack and Mona, and says she was invited to stay with them whenever she was in town. Adam and Ruth invite her in to dry off and change her clothes and then, not wanting to send her out into the rain with nowhere else to stay, they invite her to stay. A generous action they will later have ca ...more
Carol
THE HOUSE GUEST. My new Mark Edwards favorite!

New York City. Two house sitters...a rainy evening...and a charming surprise visitor.

Oh the setup... Oh the secrets... and Oh how the plot thickens.

I liked the narration, the storyline...albeit a bit out there, the characters and the conclusion.

Fast-paced, entertaining read, but be on the lookout..."They're Everywhere."...or are they?

Many thanks to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and author for the "Read Now" opportunity in exchange for an honest revi

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Debra
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 Stars

Review to follow
Gary
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'House Guest' is the new novel by one of the best psychological thriller writers about, Mark Edwards.
Ruth and Adam are summer house sitting in New York, for Jack and Mona a couple they met on a cruise. Young and in love they are having a wonderful time stopping at the house but things start to change when Eden turns up on the doorstep. Eden claims to be a friend of Jack and Mona and tells Ruth and Adam that she was invited to stay in the house whenever she was in New York. With a storm in progre
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Arna
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruth and Adam have been asked to housesit for friends in New York. Eden shows up on the doorstep claiming to be a friend of the owners. They know you should invite strangers into your home but Eden is only a stander until they get to know her. As suspicion creeps in, they being to wonder if they’ve made a big mistake...✨

This one is hard for me to review. Whether you like going into books blind or not you will be anyway with this one.

The premise of this sounded good and I enjoyed the start but t
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Louise Wilson
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ruth is an up and coming actress and her boyfriend Adam is an aspiring writer. When they were on a cruise, they met and agreed to house sit for one and Jack. One stormy night a young woman knocks on the door looking for Mona and Jack. She tells Adam that she is a friend of the couple. Adam and Ruth invite her to stay. The three of them get along until the night they all get drunk. When Adam wakes up the next day, he discovers that Ruth and Eden have disappeared without trace.

I love when I see a
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Diana
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A chilling psychological thriller that starts off with a slow burn and keeps building.

Adam and Ruth are house sitting in NY for a couple that they met on a cruise. It is an opportunity for Ruth because she is wanting to work on Broadway as an actress. Adam is a writer trying to find his big break in NY as well. They are an ordinary, realistic couple with a flawed relationship due to their struggles of wanting to be successful.

When Eden, a young woman, shows up at the front door dripping wet on
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
This was not my favourite Mark Edwards book. In fact I think it is my least favourite and it hurts me to say that. I have enjoyed all of his books but this one... hmmm, the first half as really good but then massive plot twist and it lost me. It was not what I was expecting at all and it was a bit too far fetched for me. I wasn’t a fan of the direction that it went at all.

Without spoiling this for anybody the blurb is only half the story. I won’t go into it so that I don’t spill the beans. In sa
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Lou
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The House Guest is bestselling master of suspense Mark Edwards’s sixteenth psychological thriller and, as always, the plot is taut and exciting from the get-go; I soon found myself absolutely riveted to the spot and hanging on the authors every word. It feels so exhilarating to know that you can steadfastly rely on Edwards to produce a dark, gritty, twisty tale full of intrigue, mystery, suspense and surprises every time he publishes. The book is about a British couple, Adam and Ruth, who are ho ...more
Tonya
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the premise of this book. The idea of a stranger appearing on your doorstep out of nowhere was intriguing. The beginning definitely had me hooked. Unfortunately, one of the big twists was very disappointing. The suspense picked up toward the conclusion, including twists I did not see coming. I wasn’t crazy about the path the plot took, and was hoping for a different scenario. This was not one of my favorite thrillers, but the suspense kept me interested in the outcome.
Pauline
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Adam and Ruth are house sitting in New York for a couple they met on a cruise. One evening a girl arrives in the pouring rain saying that she has been invited to stay by the home owners,they believe her and invite her to stay. This decision has terrifying consequence for Adam and Ruth and they will have cause to regret it.
A psychological thriller with twist and turns that keeps you hooked.
Thank you to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Heidi
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
“There is usually a simple explanation for everything.” (except in Mark Edwards’ books there isn’t ;)

I have long since come to appreciate Mark Edwards’ books as good entertainment – he comes up with the best premises where (in his own words) “scary things happen to ordinary people”. Last time, the houseguests refused to leave. This time, the houseguest poses a different threat altogether!

THE HOUSE GUEST delivered on its promise of being a fast, entertaining read that had me frantically turn the
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Mark
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nothing like I thought!
I started this book safe in the knowledge it was a Mark Edwards book and from previous books had read I knew I would enjoy it
It was just as I wanted, Ruth and Adam are house-sitting for friends in New York when Eden appears, saying she is a friend of their friends and was ‘calling to see them and stay’......of course Ruth and Adam invite her in, out of the rain and yep let her stay, perfect for what I wanted to read, next up ( I thought ) Eden will seduce Adam, Ruth will b
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Andrea
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I used to look forward to reading Mark Edward's books but this one was a disappointment,The reason why the book description was intriguing like his older books he wrote. My best read was The magpies. So couldn't wait to read this book.Mark last few books have been disappointing not keen on his paranormal books,It was a slow burner it was 30% into this book when I thought it was going to pick up but soon went flat again.The story starts with house owners Jack and Mona went on a cruise they left t ...more
Gary
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'House Guest' is the new novel by one of the best psychological thriller writers about, Mark Edwards.
Ruth and Adam are summer house sitting in New York, for Jack and Mona a couple they met on a cruise. Young and in love they are having a wonderful time stopping at the house but things start to change when Eden turns up on the doorstep. Eden claims to be a friend of Jack and Mona and tells Ruth and Adam that she was invited to stay in the house whenever she was in New York. With a storm in progre
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Liz Barnsley
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had a bit of a "darnit" moment when I realised I've been so distracted by our current situation that I'd missed the fact there was a new Mark Edwards book out so obviously I immediately and rather decisively stabbed the buy now button on Amazon- oh the joy of immediate gratification...

And boy was that the right move. I think this author has one of the most twisted minds in the business. The House Guest offers you an addictive, clever and always unexpected tale, a psychological thriller with ch
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Natalie
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This book was a psychological thriller that twisted and turned right until the very last page. Many of the twists I didn't see coming ( which I always enjoy). I wasn't keen on the very beginning as I couldn't believe how trusting Ruth and Adam were and how they didn't even try to contact Mona and Jack about an unexpected guest.
But, after that the story got good and I really
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Javier
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Few authors make me fly through the pages as Mark Edwards do. The premise of The House Guest got me hooked even before I started reading it because I have a suspicious nature and if you asked me if I would invited a stranger in my house I would say, HELL, NO!

Part one was lots of fun as I kept guessing who Eden was. Then the plot started to unravel in a direction I would never have imagined. Although being well written, giving the reader no moment to catch your breath, I found it a bit far fetche
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Brandy
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Wow! As I looked to the right, Mark Edwards threw me a left punch. Pow! Zing! Bam! Yes friends, I was blindsided! I admit, I totally 💯 did not see that end coming!

This was not my first read of Edwards, I’m a fan of his work, but don’t let that sway you. Just trust me when I say - The House Guest does not disappoint! Let’s just say if you’re into chaos, cults and sheer coo-coo cocoa puffs craziness- this book is up your alley!! 5 stars❤️
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