I received a gifted galley of THE PERFECT GUESTS by Emma Rous for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 1/12/2021
Rating: 3.5 / 5
THE PERFECT GUESTS follows two timelines. In 1988 orphaned Beth is taken in by a family living at Raven Hall as a companion to their daughter Nina of the same age. For the most part her life is an ideal, but the family does ask her to do some things, play some games that she does not understand. Nina’s freedom is limited to the house and grounds and Beth’s own universe soon shrinks to the world of Raven Hall as well.
In 2019, Sadie is an unemployed young woman who is struggling to find her way in the world. She is offered a cushy job, spending a weekend at Raven Hall pretending to be a guest at a murder mystery party. With her character and costumes all provided, it is too good to pass up. Once there she hears that a tragedy struck the family living at Raven House in the late 80s, but no one has details. Soon mysterious things begin to happen and Sadie realizes there may be more to this gig than an innocent murder mystery party.
I was in the mood for a good thriller when I picked this up and THE PERFECT GUESTS fit the bill! I was immediately hooked into both timelines and eager to see where the story was going. I had a lot of questions in the beginning and the author did a good job of stretching out the details of what is happening in both our main characters’ lives.
I flew through this book in less than 24-hours. The short chapters and the alternating POV helped to keep the pace going and the pages turning. I lost a bit of steam toward the end as I figured out some of the oncoming twists, but I still really enjoyed the journey getting there. I have fond memories of a few murder mystery parties with friends in family back when I was in high school so that struck a cord with me as well!
This was my first Emma Rous read, but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more from her in the future!