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The Perfect Guests

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  452 ratings  ·  293 reviews

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

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Published January 12th 2021
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one sit, captivating, twisty reading. You may see some twists beforehand and but some of them were still surprising that you won’t see them coming. Especially when I try to solve the complex relationships between characters I got a little lost. Several times I asked myself who was related with whom.

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
Michael David
Raven Hall...a grand manor with history.

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
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing

‘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
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I stayed up until nearly five o'clock this morning finishing this book.

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
Holly  B
Jul 11, 2020 marked it as to-read

Look who has a new novel!!! Loved the Au Pair
Shortest Summary Ever: Sadie is a wanna-be professional actress struggling to pay rent when a plum job lands in her mailbox - a murder mystery at a secluded home called Raven Hall. What could go wrong? Flashback to Beth who lived in Raven Hall as a foster child of the Averells. Beth reveals strange incidents...Sadie encounters peculiarities... are they somehow linked? What darkness lurks in the dark of Raven Hall?

Thoughts: Well... it’s twisty. It turns. But it also meanders. I loved that it was
Diana | Book of Secrets
4.5 Stars → Delightfully twisted! THE PERFECT GUESTS is an entertaining combination of Gothic mystery and family drama that kept me glued to the pages. The timeline flips back and forth between Beth in 1988 and Sadie in 2019, with an unknown narrator woven in between.

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
Theresa Alan
As a mystery, this novel works, but toward the end it got so soap-opera like that it felt really insubstantial. Which is fine—we all need light things to take our minds off the challenges of the actual world, but the first part of the novel didn’t have that frothiness to it.

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
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Absolutely loved this! Dual timelines—you have Beth in 1988 & Sadie in 2019. Both are invited to the mysterious Raven Hall, where games can have deadly consequences. There were so many secrets, twists & turns! I loved how they were all slowly revealed, the author did a great job. I also felt she did a great job with the description of Raven Hall, it was practically a character itself. Was this a perfect 5 star read? No, but I read this in one sitting because I was very entertained.

*Thank you to
I picked this up and it wouldn't let me put it down very long so I wound up finishing this in about a day. I very much enjoyed this and I want to talk about ALL THE THINGS but that wouldn't be cool because spoilers.

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
Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
If you enjoy a novel with multiple narrators and timelines, a strong sense of foreboding, and lots of twists, this one is definitely for you!!

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
Maximilian Birner
The Perfect Guest is a pretty good leisure read, which was sophisticated and stylish with its setting while also being thrilling.

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
Shannon Rochester
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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
Dec 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for the ARC of The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous. I loved The Au Pair and was eager to read her latest thriller.

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
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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
Elle's Book Blog
My Rating: 4 stars
Genre Mystery/Suspense

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
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Oh yeah! Great twists. Not a suspense novel. Just a wild twisted story.
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
Martie Nees Record
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Berkley
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
Pamela Lauer
This was readable and fun, if a little generic and predictable. This mystery was fairly traditional and twisty, and light on violence. The characters were believable, but not very deeply drawn, and this is definitely a plot-driven book. If you're a sucker for a manor house, like I am, you will probably like this one. Good pick for the fireside on a chilly night.

I received a free advance copy of this title from NetGalley.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun, twisty story! It ended up being a binge read for me.....I couldn't put it down. Wickedly fun read!

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
Erin Clemence
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, kindle
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

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
Susan Johnson
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
It is great when you are pleasantly surprised by a book. I wasn't expecting much from this debut novel but it turned out to be a quite entertaining novel that kept me interested and was full of surprises right up to the last line of the book. That doesn't happen often and I appreciated it. I read it quickly as I wanted to discover what would happen next.

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
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
A solid 4.5 rounded up! This one is a lovely, Gothic-tinged domestic(ish) British thriller with YA crossover appeal with some compelling character study and fun guesswork.

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
The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous grabbed my attention and just wouldn’t let me go until I read the final pages. It starts with Sadie- a mostly unemployed actress scrambling to make ends meet. She’s closing up her mom’s apartment and gets a call for a special role: play a role at a special mystery dinner party for a new place that is opening,

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
ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook
This book is confusing at the best of times. There are too many characters and timelines to keep track of. I felt like I was caught in a twisting tunnel, trying to keep my balance while reading this book. It's one of those books that leaves you scratching your head, wondering what it is you just read.

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.
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-netgalley
If you read The Au Pair, you will be familiar with the author's writing style. If not, you are in for a treat, as she does twisty plots and characters that seemingly have no connection to each other in a way that pulls you right into the story. The Perfect Guests is told by Beth(1988), Sadie(2019), and an unknown narrator whose place in the timeline is gradually revealed. Since I see myself as an amateur book sleuth, I immediately tried to determine how these characters were connected, which was ...more
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
In 1988, newly orphaned, fourteen-year-old Beth is brought to Raven Hall, a large estate in England located in the remote Fens area. She is to become a companion and friend for daughter Nina, who is the same age. While some things Beth soon comes to observe concerns her, she is appreciative of being able to live in such a grand home. But once she is asked to participate in a strange game of deception, she starts to doubt that she is safe living at Raven Hall.

In 2019, Sadie, a struggling actress,
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raven Hall. At the heart of the story sits a character without awareness but as important as the narrators telling the story. Told in dual timelines, The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous is a mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie, whom I adore! The two narrators are Beth, set in 1988, an orphaned teen taken in by the wealthy Averell’s as a companion to their daughter, Nina. Beth is comfortable there …. For a while, anyways. She is building a sisterhood with Nina and likes being part of a family agai ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read the first chapter or so, I thought oh yay, it's going to be about Murder Mystery Party! What fun. But I'm thinking this party may not be such fun after all. Intriguing start. This is story that takes place in two different eras the late 1980s and 2019. It has a whole cast of characters from eras. It's a mystery/thriller where 7 people are invited to a Mystery Murder Party. Each of the guest has been assigned a role to play. One of them is Sadie. It sounds like it will be great fun, b ...more
NetGalley temporary advance digital copy- review to come closer to publish date January 2021!!!
Seriously got into this book, suspense and multiple timelines!
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Emma grew up in England, Indonesia, Kuwait, Portugal and Fiji, and from a young age she had two ambitions: to write stories, and to look after animals. She studied veterinary medicine and zoology at the University of Cambridge, then worked as a small animal veterinary surgeon for eighteen years before starting to write fiction. Emma lives near Cambridge in England with her husband and three sons, ...more

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