Review: The House Guest by Mark Edwards

House GuestWhen 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.


I love Mark Edwards’ writing.  I fell in love with his writing after reading ‘The Retreat’ and have enjoyed a few more of his titles since. In this story, Adam and Ruth are House-sitting. They met Jack and Mona at a cruise. A quick friendship led to them being offered a chance to stay at the couple’s place when visiting New York. However, their stay was interrupted when Eden showed up claiming the be Jack and Mona’s friend. What unfolded next can only be described as total chaos.

Once again, Edwards was in his element in this book. It was utterly gripping, fast-paced and twisty. The chapters were short,snappy and easy to get lost into. My mind was racing as I tried to keep up with the mystery. I didn’t know who trust and couldn’t figure out what was really happening until the reveals.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t my favorite read by Edwards. The beginning of the story was insanely thrilling. However, I didn’t enjoy the final chapters (Part III) as much as I thought I would. The action felt a little over the top for my liking. The final scene especially just wasn’t for me. It just felt far-fetched.

That said, this was still a very entertaining read and if able to suspend disbelief, it is overall an enjoyable story. I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.


  1. I haven’t read this author, but the way you describe his chapters makes me want to. I love faster paced thrillers. It is too bad that it ended up being a little too over the top for you. Great review, though!

  2. I am glad you enjoyed most of this book Diana. I like his books and have this one to read yet. Sometimes trying to outdo the previous books leads to the over the top stuff. Hopefully it is a one off.

    1. I have seen a number of 5 star ratings for this book so I hope you’ll have a positive experience with it.It was entertaining but the final chapters ruined it for me.

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