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Publisher's Summary

"Brilliant, shocking and very creepy. Mark Edwards has done it again." - Elly Griffiths, bestselling author of the Dr Ruth Galloway series

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, it seems only right to share a bit of that good fortune. Beautiful and charismatic, Eden claims to be a friend of the homeowners, who told her she could stay whenever she was in New York.

They know you’re not supposed to talk to strangers - let alone invite them into your home - but after all, Eden’s only a stranger until they get to know her.

As suspicions creep in that Eden may not be who she claims to be, they begin to wonder if they’ve made a terrible mistake...

The House Guest is the chilling new psychological thriller from the three million copy bestselling author of Here to Stay and Follow You Home.

©2020 by Mark Edwards. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

"Tense, atmospheric, and full of twists and turns right up until the last page." (Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the DI Kim Stone series)

"I flew through The House Guest, and loved its innovative twists and turns. Mark is king of the curveball." John Marrs, bestselling author of When You Disappeared and The One

"Marvelously gripping. No one can be trusted. No one is safe. The House Guest is psychological suspense at its very best." Robert Dugoni, #1 international bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-07

Loved the book and narration

Loved this book, however, readers beware...a previous review gave away a HUGE spoiler which all but ruined it for me. Awesome narrator...I could listen to Will M. Watt’s dreamy voice read the phone book.

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  • Selene Rackley
  • 2020-06-04

What??

I started out really liking this story. It was different than all the usual mysteries I have been finding, and that was really refreshing. There was a bit of eye rolling on my part a few times, but still kept my interest. But I have to say the end ruined the whole thing for me. Now I feel like I've wasted about 8 hours of my life on this almost could have been good book. Don't waste your time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-06-07

Strange & Creepy!

I think Mark Edwards is a very talented author & I've really liked many of his books. But this one was pretty far out there! This wasn't really a horror story but more of a mind ~trip genre. It was okay but not my type of storyline. So I think other readers will certainly enjoy it. I still look forward to reading more of Mark Edwards ' books.

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  • Carolina Rush
  • 2020-06-16

Blew Off Entire Day to Revel in this Book

What started as a casual listen morphed to a full-fledged commitment of "The House Guest." Author, Mark Edwards, has crafted a near-perfect psychological thriller in this latest release. Rest assured, this isn't your typical "stranger at the door," "amnesia incident," and/or "missing person" story so prevalent in this genre. The audiobook is fast-paced, wild ride with many twists and turns. Also, has a wide range of characters whose actions keep you guessing as much as the story itself.

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  • Jonnie
  • 2020-08-23

Wish I had saved my credit

Was hoping for something Dean Koontz-esqu or a bit of James Patterson excitement. Barely a passable listen. Hi hum. Boring people. Boring story. Meh.

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  • Flyboy
  • 2020-06-29

Strong start, then wobbles all over the place

This was my first Mark Edwards book, and while I didn't love it, I found his writing interesting enough that I'd choose another of his books. For me, The House Guest came in like a lion and went out like a lamb. With the exception of Adam, whose point of view most of the story is told from, I really didn't like or have any connection to any of these people. I found there were too many excuses made for Eden, and neither she, Ruth, nor Callum were ever consistently written. The final meetup between Eden, Ruth, and Adam felt like it was supposed to be some gotcha moment, but it really just fell flat. I couldn't help but wonder why Adam would let Eden get anywhere near him, despite the cardboard thin reasoning behind her actions against both him and Ruth. Despite these criticism, I did enjoy the book when it focused on Adam, and only Adam. I thought his actions while trying to find Ruth were believable, if not always justified, and I was more invested in the story when I was in Adam's head. He was a likable, if naive guy who usually got in his own way. And I thought Edwards did a great job of getting me to sympathize with Adam the handful of times when his decision worked against him. I lost complete interest in Ruth in the final third, though I actually really did enjoy the chapters. As far as the vocal performances go, the audiobook had two narrators. Will M. Watt performed when the story was focused on Adam, and Stina Nielsen performed when the action was focused on Ruth or Eden. I liked Watt's narration, but I found Nielsen distracting, and ultimately unnecessary. I'd give Watt's performance a solid 4/5, but I deducted a star overall because of Nielsen's lackluster reading.

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  • barbara
  • 2020-06-13

The House Guest

Wow, wow this is one of Mark Edwards best books, loved it from the beginning to the end, full of suspense and action, what a story. The narration was excellent.

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  • Heather
  • 2020-07-05

Great listen 🎶

Start to finish I was hooked! Exciting and believable. Narratives performance most excellent. I'm not one for sequels, but this book is an exception.

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  • Kelly
  • 2020-07-07

Well that was different...

Pretty brilliant. At first I thought ok, the usual formula, but then it turned into something completely different. Good narration as far as I'm concerned. As for the ending excellent wrap up. Lots of suspense, action, and complete mind *****. Recommended.

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  • CrazyAboutCoffee
  • 2020-06-29

my favorite Edwards book so far!

I have probably listened to 10 of his books. This one really kept my interest and I didn't want to stop listening. Couldn't wait to get back to it each time. It had so many twists and turns! The narrator did an excellent job. I wish it had a sequel because he left the door wide open for one. If any of you saw that show The Following, it kind of reminded me of that. On to my next Mark Edwards book!

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