The House Guest by Mark Edwards @mredwards #publicationday #bookreview #TheHouseGuest

The House Guest (Mark Edwards)

🥂🥂🥂 HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY MARK EDWARDS 🥂🥂🥂 yes the latest psychological thriller from the keyboard of Mr Edwards is out today!!!

Many thanks to Mark for my advanced copy of The House Guest which I received through Netgalley. I also preordered a copy which magically appeared on my kindle this morning.

The Blurb

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.

What Did I Think?

Where do I start??? Ok… I frigging love the books Mark Edwards writes. Ever since I read The Magpies what feel like many years ago, I’ve needed/craved a fix from the proverbial Edwards pen. But this year’s offering is a little different, it’s based totally and utterly Stateside. Does this make a difference I hear you ask?

Well…. for me, there was a slightly different feel but not a bad one. Maybe it was the sunny backdrop of New York that played a trick on my mind that pulled me into a different sense of unnerviness (yes this is a word, well it should be). Maybe not. But nevertheless, the location plays a part in the atmosphere of a story and the picture of The Big Apple Edwards paints adds to a je-ne-sais-quoi of The House Guest.

The cast created by Edwards is vast, each playing their part impeccably. The aspiring couple of Adam and Ruth loving the life NYC has to offer, despite the gruelling Broadway schedule Ruth is facing. The mysteriousness of Eden and the man with the grey hair. And then…. oh wait no…. I’m not going to mention anyone else because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone #nospoilers.

I, like many have at these strange times we find ourselves in, have been struggling with my reading. I’ve been distracted and not really concentrating for any length of time (stress with work hasn’t helped). But I devoured The House Guest in a day…. well an afternoon, out in the sunshine. Edwards has a way of drawing me into the believable world he’s fashioned and keeping me captive there. My mind is captured into another version of reality that I couldn’t and wouldn’t want to escape from.

Edwards has yet again written an addictive and unnerving book that grabbed me and threw me right into the action. The whole point of a psych-thriller is the unnerving feeling you get reading it and the fact you are questioning everything even the protagonist leading you through the whole affair … Edwards has this down to a T. The House Guest is packed with intrigue, suspense and that key unnerving questioning WTF feeling that ticks all the boxes (well for me anyway). The big question is: do I have to wait another 12 months before I get an Edwards literary fix??!

Who Is Mark Edwards?

Mark Edwards writes psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.

He has sold 3 million books since his first novel, The Magpies, was published in 2013, and has topped the bestseller lists several times. His other novels include Follow You Home, The Retreat, In Her Shadow, Because She Loves Me, The Devil’s Work and Here to Stay. He has also co-authored six books with Louise Voss.

Originally from Hastings in East Sussex, Mark now lives in Wolverhampton with his wife, their children, three cats and a golden retriever.

Mark loves hearing from readers and can be contacted through his website,, or you can find him on Facebook (@markedwardsbooks), Twitter (@mredwards) and Instagram (@markedwardsauthor).

2 thoughts on “The House Guest by Mark Edwards @mredwards #publicationday #bookreview #TheHouseGuest

  1. I’m really looking forward to reading this one, although I always feel mentally exhausted after reading anything by this author!! In a good way, of course 🙂

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