When Ruth is offered her first role in a Broadway play it feels as though things are really starting to take off with her career. Coupled with the fact that she and her boyfriend Adam have been asked to house-sit a beautiful old house in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, it has been an idyllic summer feeling like real New Yorkers, living someone else’s life.
In the middle of a torrential summer storm Eden turns up on their doorstep. Drenched and looking like a drowned rat she claims to be a friend of the home owners who invited her to stay whenever she was in New York. It feels mean to turn her away, especially as she seems to know Jack and Mona so well so they invite her in to dry off and have a drink.
After they get chatting Ruth takes pity on Eden and invites her to stay as Jack and Mona are due home from their retreat in a few days. After all a stranger is just a friend that you haven’t met before. Over the next few days Adam notices some odd things about Eden and wonders if she is who she is supposed to be. One night just before the owners are due to come home Ruth and Eden disappear off the face of the earth. Adam wakes up with a raging hangover and no real recollection of what had happened the previous evening. Where is Ruth and who exactly was Eden?
In true Edwards storytelling style this is a chilling tale of naive youngsters taken in by a devious fraudster but the consequences for everyone involved could be fatal. If you are looking for a well crafted thriller to while away some time this summer you can’t go wrong with The House Guest.
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UK Publication date: Jun 3 2020. 294 pages.
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