The Guest House by Robin Morgan-Bentley @Tr4cyF3nt0n

I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for The Guest House today as it’s also publication day! Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for my invite onto the tour!


Jamie and Victoria are expecting their first baby.

With a few weeks to go, they head off for a final weekend break in a remote part of the North Pennines. The small and peaceful guesthouse is the ideal location to unwind together before becoming parents. Upon arrival, they are greeted by Barry and Fiona, the older couple who run the guesthouse. They cook them dinner and show them to their room before retreating to bed themselves.

The next morning, Jamie and Victoria wake to find the house deserted. Barry and Fiona are nowhere to be seen. All the doors are locked. Both their mobile phones and car keys have disappeared. Even though it’s a few weeks early, Victoria knows the contractions are starting.

The baby is coming, and there’s no way out.

The Guest House is a brilliantly paced, addictive read that I sat and read in one session-NOTHING was going to tear me away from this book once I’d started it! The plot line is an imaginative and intriguing idea from the start as married couple Jamie and Victoria decide to have a “babymoon” a few weeks before their must wanted and longed for first child arrives. They have everything ready for his arrival (including his name) so a little break away will ease them into their new lives as parents with a relaxing stay in an isolated guesthouse. Unfortunately, the morning after they arrive, they awaken to a rather shocking scenario. Fiona and Barry, the couple who own the guesthouse, have disappeared as have Jamie’s car keys, and every door and window is locked shut. But if that’s not chilling enough, Victoria then starts getting contractions…

This has to be one of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s absolutely stunning! The storyline is cleverly constructed, gradually revealing what happens after Victoria goes into labour but not revealing everything until the final shocking denouement. Instead we are thrust forward in time to the month after what has taken place. What has happened to their baby? Why is Victoria living apart from Jamie and who is sending them threatening emails? Well, you will just have to read this for yourselves as there is no way I’m telling you any more than I have already! Just know that Robin Morgan-Bentley deliberately holds onto many secrets, gently unraveling them so as to make the final few twists even more shocking.

Just when I thought everything was settled, along came the epilogue… it’s very rare that I read something and then stop and go back to read it again and yet again!! But the author certainly held onto another shock for the reader and played his final card perfectly. What a perfect ending to the most amazing, compelling storyline. I really can’t recommend this book highly enough-I absolutely loved every single page!

Robin Morgan-Bentley was born and grew up in London. After studying Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University, he went on to work for Google before moving to Audible, where he has been working since 2014. His debut thriller, The Wreckage, was nominated for the CWA Dagger John Creasey New Blood Award, the CrimeFest Specsavers Debut Crime Award and Capital Crime’s Debut Book of the Year Award. Robin lives in Buckinghamshire with his husband and son.


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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.