The House Guest by Mark Edwards

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.

I do love how you never quite know what direction Mark Edwards is going to take you in his books-he certainly likes to ramp up the tension and then shock the hell out of you! He takes ordinary people and throws in an extraordinary event to mess with their heads, putting them in unprecedented situations to test their relationships and their moral outlook on life. And he definitely delivers his trademark shockfest here in The House Guest as I had absolutely no idea where it was going or who it would dispatch along the way!

British couple Ruth and Adam are a young couple on the verge of making it big-well, Ruth is anyway as she is appearing in a play on Broadway after a well received film role. Adam is a playwright and both of them are housesitting in New York for a couple they met on a recent cruise. When the charismatic Eden turns up looking for the couple who live there, she makes a connection with Ruth and Adam so they decide to invite her to stay until Jack and Mona return. But then, after a nights drinking, things take a terrifying and unexpected turn…

The House Guest kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the twists and turns of the narrative. I really hadn’t got a clue why Eden had turned up on the doorstep of her old friends or what her intentions towards any of the characters was-and even if I had, the actual reveal wouldn’t have appeared anywhere on my “list of 100 things that could happen in this book”!! That doesn’t mean that the reason is too “out there” just that Mark Edwards likes to play games with his readers!

I thoroughly enjoyed The House Guest especially the ending! It’s a gripping psychological thriller that you’ll be hearing a lot about this summer (and will be devoured on sunloungers across the UK!). Highly recommended for fans old and new!

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 HomeThe RetreatIn Her ShadowBecause She Loves MeThe 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).

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.