The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous

The Perfect Guests
.ePUB, 244 pages
Expected publication: January 12th 2021 by Berkley Publishing Group

About the Book:
1988. Beth Soames is fourteen years old when her aunt takes her to stay at Raven Hall, a rambling manor in the isolated East Anglian fens. The Averells, the family who lives there, are warm and welcoming, and Beth becomes fast friends with their daughter, Nina. At times, Beth even feels like she's truly part of the family...until they ask her to help them with a harmless game—and nothing is ever the same.
2019. Sadie Langton is an actress struggling to make ends meet when she lands a well-paying gig to pretend to be a guest at a weekend party. She is sent a suitcase of clothing, a dossier outlining the role she is to play, and instructions. It's strange, but she needs the money, and when she sees the stunning manor she'll be staying at, she figures she’s got nothing to lose. In person, Raven Hall is even grander than she'd imagined—even with damage from a fire decades before—but the walls seem to have eyes. As day turns to night, Sadie starts to feel that there’s something off about the glamorous guests who arrive, and as the party begins, it becomes chillingly apparent their unseen host is playing games with everyone...including her.

My Review:
This book is confusing at the best of times. There are too many characters and timelines to keep track of. I felt like I was caught in a twisting tunnel, trying to keep my balance while reading this book. It's one of those books that leaves you scratching your head, wondering what it is you just read. 

Did it make complete sense? Are you happy with the outcome? Usually, these feelings and questions would indicate a book that I liked. A book that was so well written that I was still pondering it. That's totally not the case here. I was lost in a haze in so many parts, I'm still experiencing said haze. And that is not indicative of me enjoying a book.

My overall thoughts on this book are, meh. I think that this author's writing just isn't for me. She writes all over the place, probably intentionally to confuse you. I just can't jive with the writing style. I guess I can see why many love it. I, unfortunately didn't.

Thank you NetGalley, Emma Rous and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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