Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Book Review for The Guest by B.A. Paris

 The Guest by B.A. Paris

Published February 20, 2024 by St. Martin's Press

Genre:   Thriller, Mystery


Taken from Goodreads:
  New York Times bestselling author B. A. Paris captivated psychological thriller readers everywhere with Behind Closed Doors. Now she invites you into another heart-pounding home full of secrets, in The Guest.

Some secrets never leave.

Iris and Gabriel seem to have it all: a beautiful home in the British countryside, a daughter happily working in Greece, and good friends Laure and Pierre from Paris, who they often vacation with. But when a young man has a tragic accident in a nearby quarry, Gabriel is the one to find him and hear his final words, leaving Gabriel with a guilty burden.

As Iris tries to help ease her husband’s trauma, they acquire an unexpected house guest. Laure has seemingly moved in after her husband’s revelation that he has had a child with another woman. Iris and Gabriel insist Laure stay as long as she needs. But Laure keeps wearing Iris’s clothes, following her every move, and asking her about the recent death of the young man.

Their only respite from the increasingly tense atmosphere in their own home comes from a couple new to town and expecting their first child. But with them comes their gardener, who has a checkered past.

With fractured relationships and secrets piling up around them, can Iris and Gabriel’s marriage survive?


My Thoughts:  B.A. Paris is a must-read thriller author for me.   Her books are known to keep me up at night reading late, often seeing the sunrising.   The words fly off the page and come alive as I become invested in the storyline. 

The Guest is a book that I had to keep reading to try to figure out where I was heading.    Who is Laure, beyond being their friend?  Is there more to her story than she is telling?   Is Iris and Gabriel going to make it through their guest and the secret that is being kept?    I had so many questions.   I was trying to put everyone together and figure it all out but failed to do so. 

The ending, left me feeling ugh…  I wanted more.   I felt let down and left with more questions.  

The Guest is a great thriller/mystery book.   I enjoyed the story until the end.   I will be looking forward to more from her and will continue to recommend her to my friends. 

Thank you St. Martin’s Press for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.  

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Meet B.A. Paris:  B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back, The Dilemma, The Therapist and The Prisoner. Having sold over 5 million copies worldwide, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a Sunday Times bestseller. Her books have been translated into 41 languages. Having lived in France for many years, she now lives in the UK.


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