The Guest Room Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
You think you’re safe in your home. You’re wrong.
Ever since Steph’s husband walked out after a 30-year marriage, home hasn’t felt like a safe haven. Her daughter, Bea, thinks she’s imagining things. But Steph knows that the noises in the night, the open windows she knows she left closed, the strange smell in the kitchen - none of it feels right.
Then her house is broken into, and a young man named Noah helps her fix the front window. He’s fallen on hard times and Steph impulsively offers him a place to stay. At least 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.
Until the strange things start happening once more.
Until it becomes clear someone will stop at nothing to make her never, ever feel safe again.
The most twisty thriller of the year - perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Mark Edwards, and Gone Girl.
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"OMG, you always know that you are starting on one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride whenever you start reading one of Rona Halsall’s incredible thrillers and The Guest Room is no exception.... Addictive.... Once I started, I couldn’t put down and simply had to read in one sitting.... Very very highly recommended and definitely one of my favourite reads of this year." (Nicki’s Life of Crime)
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 45 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 31, 2022|
|Publisher||Hachette UK - Bookouture|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #68,343 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#414 in Psychological Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,456 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,081 in Psychological Fiction (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2022
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Steph Baker was a boring lady in her mid-50s with a troll of a husband, Andy, who had recently left her after 30 years of marriage. They had a 26-year old daughter, Bea Henderson, married to a wealthy ex-footballer, now football agent, Mark, who traveled all the time, and a 28-year old son, Max, who left home 10 years ago to join the army and never called or came back. When Steph suggested looking him up over the years, her husband shot her down every time.
Now, Steph was on her own for the first time in her life. Her husband was demanding she sell the home they’d lived in for 30 years, so he could have his share, but Bea was determined to stay. Cara, a coworker at the homeless shelter where she worked, suggested she take in a lodger, so she did - kind of. She let a homeless young man she met at the shelter who resembled her son, Max, move in with her after she found him hiding in her shed. This was after she’d found evidence that someone had been in her home, smoked in her home, left an imprint on her bed, left her bedroom window open, smashed her favorite vase in the floor, left the skylight open in the rain and ruined the carpet in the attic bedroom, and left a cigarette butt behind. Another day, a brick was thrown through her front window. That was the day she let Noah move in. She felt safer with Noah there. The fact he looked like her son, Max, played on her heartstrings.
Andy was furious to learn Steph had a homeless youth living in the house and threatened to take legal action. He showed up unexpectedly with Bea and went straight for Noah. Steph made him stop and told Andy to leave and for Bea to go with him.
Then packages started showing up on Steph’s doorstep for Noah and weird people showed up asking for him and trying to shove their way in. When Noah shows up, Steph confronts him and tells him to leave. He warns her she’s in danger. That night, her house is torched and Noah saves her life. Bea takes her home from the hospital. She has a whole suite in her house already made up just for her mom with a living room, bedroom, and en suite bathroom. She’s thrilled to have her mother there, and plans a trip to Cornwall. Her husband was out of the picture now and won’t be coming back, so it was just her and her mom.
The ending was a surprise. A lot of questions were answered. I just wish it had been a better story. There was no meat on the bone til the end. It could have and should have been better. 3 points for the plot, but only 2 points for the writing. Not sure I’ll read anything else by this author.
From the blurb:
You think you’re safe in your home. You’re wrong.
When Steph’s husband of thirty years, Andy, walks out with barely a word of explanation, she’s left alone in the family home. Both of their children moved out years before, and although her daughter visits often, her house no longer feels like the warm, happy, laughter-filled home it used to be.
Then she begins to hear noises in the night, finds open windows she knows she left closed, items moved. Is someone trying to scare her? She tells herself it’s all in her imagination: who would want to scare her when she’s never hurt a single person in her life?
But then her front window is smashed, and she knows someone’s out to get her. So when a young man named Noah helps her fix it, and she discovers he’s fallen on hard times, Steph impulsively offers him a place to stay. He reminds her so much of her beloved son, and she wants to help him. Also, if he is there, she won’t be alone.
Before long Noah is living in her daughter’s old bedroom, paying rent, and getting his life back on track. Andy and her daughter are furious. But Steph feels secure at last, and that’s what matters.
Until the strange things start happening once again. And Steph realises that she’s in more danger than she could have ever imagined…
And her home will never, ever feel safe again.
Well, I must admit I figured out the who around 15-20% of the book. I just couldn't understand why. I have read enough of these thrillers where they all have the same commonality of twists and turns where the author tries to keep you guessing and when you think you know who it is, there's a twist! But I figured it out, just as I always do, because they all have one common theme. Nevertheless, I did enjoy the story and di not regret reading this one.
I didn't think it was fleshed out enough on the boy's part in what happened. But I think everyone's stories were wrapped up okay in the end.
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Steph's thirty year marriage to Andy is over, her daughter Bea is married and she is just getting used to living alone and gaining her independence when strange things start happening in her home; the smell of cigarettes, noises during the night and open windows that she knew she had closed, then a brick is thrown through her front window. In her work at a homeless shelter she meets Noah, a young man who is down on his luck and before she realises it, she's offered him her spare room and a chance to get back on track, Andy and Bea aren't happy with this arrangement but it makes Steph feel safe, especially when things seem to calm down, then things escalate and she is certain that someone won't rest until they've driven her from her home, but who would do that to someone as kind and caring as Steph?
This latest thriller by Halsall is authentic and the characters are realistic, many of them I didn't care for and felt were untrustworthy, I loved Steph for standing her ground and not allowing her family to walk all over her, but at the same time she was too trusting and a little naive. The story is fast paced with lots of twists, turns and many red herrings thrown in along the way which added to the intensity of the situation and kept me guessing for quite a while, I did figure out who the perpetrator was but this didn't dampen the thrill of the ride in any way for me, I raced through this book in a matter of hours and have to admit to shedding a tear in a particular chapter towards the end. This is the fifth book I've read by this author and they just keep getting better. If you like a compelling read that keeps you on the edge of your seat then this is one for you.
The plot is very predictable but then it's not .
Gripped from page one I highly recommend this book .