The Guest by Cathryn Grant | ARC

“She told him to make himself at home. He did.”

Thank you to Netgalley and publisher for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Publication Date: 24th May 2020
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 269
My Rating: ★★★★
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Life has been good to Ellie – she owns a successful art gallery, is deeply in love with her husband, Seth, and has two beautiful children, Brandon and Simone.

But not everything is perfect…

Lately, Seth seems to have something on his mind and has become cold and distant. And things don’t improve when he invites the mysterious stranger Ace to stay in their home.

Ace is charming, but Ellie can’t help feeling there’s more to him than meets the eye, that he has some kind of agenda. She’s also aware that she is dangerously attracted to him.

Then a girl at Brandon’s school is murdered, and Ellie is beyond devastated when the police tell her they think her son might be involved.

Ellie knows in her heart that Brandon is innocent and she feels certain that Ace is somehow connected to the disturbing things that are happening. She starts to dig for the truth and uncovers the terrible secret that will change her life in ways she can’t imagine…


I was pleasantly surprised by this book, especially as it wasn’t what I was expecting it to be at all yet I still genuinely enjoyed it. The story follows Ellie and her husband, Seth, who has just invited his cousin’s friend to come and stay with them for a week. Ellie is unsure at first as they don’t know this man, but warms up to Ace, especially as he forms a close bond with her son, Brandon, and her and Seth’s daughter, Simone. Brandon is struggling with bullies at school and finds himself in the centre of a police investigation when one of his classmates is found dead. Ace gives Brandon some advice and, as the investigation continues, stepdad Seth begins to accuse Brandon of the murder, much to Ellie’s horror. It is a riveting storyline, highly original, showing that anyone can hide a secret, that even the least likely people are capable of committing murder.

The characters in this book were really strong and enjoyable to read. Ellie was incredible and had a lot of depth to her. Not only was she a brilliant mother who prides herself in cooking delicious meals to provide for her family, but she is also a successful businesswoman who owns an art gallery. She was written in a way that shows her to be strong-minded, yet still full of flaws that she uses to her advantage. Seth, her husband, is seen to be a rather uncaring man. He lies to his wife and seems to be very intimidated by Ellie’s success. He has a struggling relationship with his stepson and doesn’t seem too worried about the safety of the family, inviting a stranger to stay with them without a second thought.

I didn’t have any issues with this book and couldn’t put it down, finishing it in less than a day. It was entertaining and constantly had me guessing what was going on. The characters were brilliantly written and the storyline was very unique, leaving me surprised with the multiple twists I was greeted with as the story progressed. Overall, I rated this book five stars. I really can’t fault it for anything. It went above and beyond what I expected of it, and I can see myself picking it up again to reread!

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