The Guest Room by Rona Halsall

I’m delighted to be part of the books-on-tour today for this gripping book! Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

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About the Book: 

You think you’re safe in your home. You’re wrong.

Steph used to think her life was perfect. A happy marriage, two wonderful kids, and a home she felt safe in and called her own. But now her husband has walked out after thirty years, her daughter Bea is married and lives miles away, and Steph’s estranged son hasn’t made contact in years. Home doesn’t feel like the safe haven it once did.

When she begins to hear noises in the night, at first she thinks she’s imagining things. But then she finds open windows she knows she left closed, and a strange smell in the kitchen – and she knows none of it feels right.

Then her front window is smashed, and a young man named Noah helps her fix it. He’s fallen on hard times and Steph impulsively offers him a place to stay. He reminds her of her missing son, and as a mother she finds herself wanting to help him. Also, if he is there, she won’t be home alone.

Before long Noah is living in Bea’s old bedroom, paying rent, and getting his life back on track. Steph’s ex-husband and Bea are furious. But Steph feels secure at last, and that’s what matters.

Until the strange things start happening once more.

And Steph realises that someone is out to scare her…

Someone who will stop at nothing to make her never, ever feel safe again.

The most twisty and unputdownable thriller of the year – perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Mark Edwards and Gone Girl.

My Review

I love Rona Halsall’s books, they are always gripping and twisty, but I think this one is the best yet!

It’s hard not to like Steph, she’s so kind and caring, but a little bit too trusting, and I couldn’t believe it when she let Noah into her life and her house so easily. The trouble all starts just as he arrives, but there are so many possible suspects in this book, it really keeps you guessing.

When I finally began to figure it out, I really willed Steph to come to the same conclusion, and there’s some really tense moments when she seems oblivious.

The pace starts off slowly, which is perfect for building up the suspense. Then suddenly it all ramps up to breakneck speed, and the ending is really gripping.

A difficult one to put down, make sure you have plenty of time to spare before you start reading it, because it will have you totally addicted!

A really engrossing read, I’d highly recommend it for those who love a good psychological thriller.

My Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio

Rona is the author of bestselling psychological thrillers published by Bookouture. Her challenge in writing is to find domestic storylines with twists that her readers will never guess.

She was born in Nottingham, grew up near Blackpool and went to college in Leeds. She then moved to Snowdonia, North Wales where she brought up her family while working as a business mentor. She now lives on the Isle of Man with her husband, two dogs and two guinea pigs.

She is an outdoorsy person and loves stomping up a mountain, walking the coastal paths and exploring the wonderful glens and beaches on the Island while she’s plotting her next book. She has three children and two step-children who are all grown up and leading varied and interesting lives, which provides plenty of ideas for new stories.

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