The Perfect Guests
The USA Today bestselling author of The Au Pair returns with another delicious, twisty novel—about a grand estate with many secrets, an orphan caught in a web of lies, and a young woman playing a sinister game.
1988. Beth Soames is fourteen years old when her aunt takes her to stay at Raven Hall, a rambling manor in the isolated East Anglian fens. The Averells, the fami
I have to say especially first half of the book was delightful. We’re going back and forth between the past: Beth’s arrival to Raven Hall as a companion of Averell family’s daughter Nina ...more
In 1988, Beth is an orphaned teenager whose aunt takes her to stay at Raven Hall with the Averells family. The parents are looking for someone who can befriend their daughter, Nina. Beth and Nina instantly hit it off and are more like sisters. Things change when Beth is asked to do a favor...a very odd favor.
In 2019, Sadie is a struggling actress who doesn’t even have enough money for this month’s rent. She finally lands a gig that offers a very nice pay ...more
‘Just think of it as – a little game.'
Raven Hall – A beautiful stately, yet gloomy, isolated mansion, complete with turrets, situated deep in the marshlands and fields of eastern England.
1988 – Recently orphaned 14-year-old Beth is thrilled to escape the children's home and spend the summer at Raven Hall as a companion for the owners teenage daughter. But carefree days of swimming, picnics, exploring, and fun and games soon turn into a game of a different sort. One Beth's not sure she wan ...more
This is my first foray into Emma Rous' work, but I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The Perfect Guests flawlessly weaves three separate timelines, and three separate points of view...all without muddying the story. The characters were well-developed and the setting, Raven Hall, was an interesting character in its own right.
Admittedly, I think most readers will intuit the twists easily and early on, although there ...more
Thoughts: Well... it’s twisty. It turns. But it also meanders. I loved that it was ...more
It's the mysterious country estate of Raven Hall at the center of this book. Both main characters end up there as a pawn in a dangerous game, 31 years apart. I found the story cleverly plotted with several twisty surprises. There's ...more
This is told from two different points of view: Beth in 1988, when she is thirteen and carted off to Raven Hall to be raised essentially by foster parents, and Sadie in 2019, who is offered a job at a murder mystery at Raven ...more
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I love "group invited to a sequestered location under the guise of good time only to have sinister deeds start to go down" stories. Blame Agatha Christie. I am a complete sucker for the set up so between that and really having enjoyed Rous' debut The Au Pair , I was thrilled when ...more
1988: Beth, a young orphan, is surprised when her aunt brings her to stay with the Averells at their sprawling estate, Raven Hall. The Averells have a daughter, Nina, who is in need of a companion and it is decided Beth would be a perfect fit. At first, staying with the Averells is a dream come true. Beth and Nina get along great and have a lake and endles ...more
Readers of the Au Pair will definitely enjoy this book because they give off a very similar vibe. It's always refreshing to read a book that isn't just set in the same suburban dull house, so the atmosphere really gets you pulled in.
The strongest part of this book is definitely the plot, because I was thoroughly interested in what was going to happen. But, while I want ...more
I am pretty sure I chose this book because of the cover originally...then when I read the synopsis, it sounded like it would be an interesting read. And it really was...The story is told by two narrators(although there is briefly a third)...Beth back in 1988 and Sadie in 2019 and what happens in 1988 is directly connected to what is currently happening in 2019. When we meet Beth, she is a 14 year old g ...more
Sadie acquires an acting job that is too good to be true. She is paid to attend a big fancy party in a mansion called Raven Hall, with hired actors playing roles similar to those in the move Clue (which happens to be my all-time favorite movie)! The attendees must act their part and one will receive a prize by solving the murder mystery by ...more
The Perfect Guests is classic Agatha Christie mystery meets modern suburban thriller. A dual timeline mystery full of twists and surprises. I felt like I was playing a game of Clue myself as Emma Rous takes readers from 1988 with young Beth to 2019 with actress Sadie. Raven's Hall was the best part of young Beth's life, until it wasn't. Ravel's Hall could be the big break Sadie needs to finally land a well-paying acting gig. Too bad there's somethi ...more
Emma Rous is a memorable and gifted writer. I say this because her stories are uniquely written, and she doesn’t take tired topes and recycle them over and over again. Sometimes its nice to read the same types of books with different characters and locations, but its even nicer when an author gives her readers something FRESH like she has here (and with her debut). Another reason she’s memorable is because her storytelling ability is exquisite. Emma we ...more
When I started reading this book I thought it was going to be a murder mystery suspense type novel but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
This book is not like any story I’ve read before. It almost reminded me of a soap opera. Don’t ask me why as that doesn’t really even correlate in my brain.
But with each layer of information and each new person that came into the story, the author wove these tangled ribbons ...more
Pub. Date: Jan. 21, 2020
Mysteries are not usually a genre that I am a fan of, but I did enjoy this one. I found “The Perfect Guests” to be a fun read, though I am not sure if the author would appreciate why I enjoyed her tale. (Will get to that later). The premise of the novel is an updated version of Agatha Christies’ “And Then There Were None,” which is the story of ten strangers, each lured to a party by a mysterious host. As with “None,” each chara ...more
I received a free advance copy of this title from NetGalley. ...more
1988: A young girl comes to stay at Raven Hall as a companion to the Averell's daughter, Nina. She loves it there and wants to stay. She's willing to do just about anything they ask...but it gets out of hand.
2019: An out of work actress is invited to Raven Hall. A murder mystery weekend. Eight guests. Isolated at the out of the way estate. Turns out there is more going on than a simple ...more
Expected publication date: January 12, 2021
Author of “The Au Pair” Emma Rous is back with her new novel, “The Perfect Guests”.
In the 1980s, Beth feels lucky to be taken in at Raven Hall, a mansion in the isolated countryside. After losing her entire family tragically, Beth knows that she should be grateful to be taken in by the Averells, and to become fast fr ...more
The reason I was so hesitant is that it was told by alternating narrators in alternating time lines. I often find this gimmicky but it really ...more
You get three POVs that ping-pong across time, and half the fun is trying to connect the dots of who everyone is and how they are related. In 1988, Beth, an orphan with a shitty would-be caretaker aunt (who can't be arsed to halt her career/single life and leaves her niece in foster care), is dropped off to spend the summer wi ...more
She heads to Raven Hall- a newly remodeled grand house with a mysterious past. There isn’t much online that she can find out about the house or the previous o ...more
Did it make complete sense? Are you happy with the outcome? Usually, these feelings and questions would indicate a book that I liked. A book that was so well written that I was still pondering it. ...more
In 2019, Sadie, a struggling actress, ...more
Seriously got into this book, suspense and multiple timelines!