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  • The Perfect Guests

  • an enthralling, page-turning thriller full of dark family secrets
  • By: Emma Rous
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Summary

Eight strangers.

One deadly invitation.

Welcome to Raven Hall....

After years of abandonment, Raven Hall has been restored to its former glory. For one night only, it is playing host to an evening of murder mystery.  

The guests have gathered. The roles have been cast.  

But someone is playing a sinister game, one with devastating consequences.  

And as the guests are about to discover, the truth is much darker than fiction.  

Raven Hall is waiting for you....

©2021 Emma Rous (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"The ultimate house party mystery...old secrets and new dangers collide in this deliciously thrilling tale." (Lisa Gardner, number one New York Times best-selling author)

"Anyone yearning for a page-turning gothic story with a big house - and a shocking family secret - at its heart should gatecrash The Perfect Guests immediately!" (Eve Chase)

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Complete muddle

Narrative went from present to past to even further past so difficult to keep track of. Sadie and Beth (mother and daughter) were the main raconteurs but there may have been others I think. Anyway the story unravelled very slowly and centred on a big house which was coveted by some of the characters and was being used foe a murder mystery event. As I said back and forward we went where real parentage was eventually revealed. But this was so contrived and I missed who Sadie’s father was. I couldn’t bear to search back (if we were even told). Well narrated though

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Huh?

Firstly, clearly a mistake as to the genre - its a 'whodunnit' not a horror/anything else.
Secondly, you need to concentrate as it jumps around so I lost the plot a few times (goes back, then to present without explanation or any change of voice). In fact the narrator doesn't change her voice/accent throughout so doesn't make it easier. Not sure about this one.

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Uneven

I enjoyed a lot of this, but particularly towards the end there were a few reveals made and moved on from so suddenly that I thought i'd skipped a chapter

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Well worth the listen!

A Modern who done it with a very good twist at the end. The story is set in three time periods of which 1989 and 2019 are the dominant. What I liked about this book most is its mystery and the fact that it keeps you guessing right until the end, in fact I didn't even suspect what was to come. The narrator Tamsin Kennard really does the book justice and keeps you listening, she added to the mystery and intrigue.
I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Mark D
  • 14-01-21

Disappointed

Maybe it would have seemed better if I had bought the multi-narrated version. Didn't realize that before.

Once again it's one of those where the summary is better than book. There wasn't a mystery at all unless you count the fire setting.

It moves so slow I caught myself checking out on it. The 1989, 2019 timeline didn't do anything to improve. I've rarely read/listened to mystery/suspense category where there is ABSOLUTELY no action, no big build up. Like it was just thrown in there at random.

If you like the literary fiction type it could be decent for those that like it. Her previous book was definitely better than this though.

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