ARC REVIEW: The Guest

“I drove home feeling satisfied and at peace, sure in the knowledge that I always had the strength to do what was best for my children. No matter what.”

Why Did I Read This?

I requested to read this advanced copy from NetGalley because I do love a good thriller and I seem to be reading a lot of that genre at the minute. I think thrillers are always great books for book clubs because they create such great discussions. I think I’m probably craving a good drama now I’m stuck at home doing nothing else, so thrillers are my go-to at the minute.

What Did I Think?

I read this after reading another thriller. Probably not advisable but I was just desperate to read this one because I had heard such good reviews. And it didn’t disappoint. 

The story is told from the main character’s, Ellie’s perspective. It follows her and her family who have allowed a man, apparently her husband’s cousin’s friend, to stay with them whilst he finds his feet after recently moving to the neighbourhood. I know what you’re thinking, who just allows a random man to stay with them and their family? I thought exactly the same. Is it believable? If I’m honest, although it doesn’t sound too believable, it actually worked for this story. 

I really enjoy thrillers that offer a prologue and epilogue. I think they really add something extra to the story and the whole ‘thrill’ of the book. In this book, the epilogue is quite shocking and makes everything in the book make sense. Once you’ve read the epilogue, everything Ellie did, makes sense and adds a bitter after taste to the book. 

I still can’t decide whether I liked Ellie or not. She was extremely judgemental, very anxious about everyone and everything, as well as a little controlling when it came to her family. She took control of nearly all the family routines and I question whether that is because she had to or because she preferred to. 

I never liked her husband. I got bad vibes from the start. Yet some characters aren’t all who they are made out to be, and once you finish this book you may see him in a different light. 

I really enjoyed this book but I feel like towards the end, the book did become slightly rushed and I had to reread a few sentences just to make sure I knew what was happening and how. I tend to write notes whilst I’m reading because when it comes to writing my review, I can sense how my thoughts and feelings changed (or didn’t change) throughout. I wrote early on in my notes that the fact that Seth (Ellie’s husband) is her children’s step-father isn’t very well-explained, and we are left in the dark about her children’s father. Little did I know what Cathryn Grant had up her sleeve, and this added surprise at the end of the novel is the reason I am rating this book so highly. For that, you will have to wait and see for yourselves. 

Available to buy in the UK from today, this is surely a thriller that will be read by most, if not every book club out there.

As an added extra, I’m including the link to purchase the book on Amazon here. Enjoy!

The Guest

Rating: 4 out of 5.

11 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: The Guest

  1. I went back and forth on getting this as an ARC but ended up putting it on my TBR and your review confirmed that I think I did the right thing. I’ve been blessed with some incredible Adult Psychological Thrillers so my expectations are really high. The ending being disappointing really kills me… and if it is rushed I’d rather read it when there aren’t many being released and there are a lot of them this time of year.

    1. Yeah it was slightly rushed but the ending still has the impact of a thriller! I did have to re-read bits to make sure I was certain on what was happening and sometimes that can take away from the desired ‘thriller’ effect!

      1. Yeah it can… I’m sure I will get to it and will enjoy it. I would just rather read it out of the library the request the arc!

  2. Always up for a good thriller, and reading this review sounds like this one’s pretty great! Definitely adding this one to my list!

  3. Great review ! My view is slightly different from yours still you capture the book exactly! My review on this book is going to be published tomorrow! Check and let me know your opinion

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