Today I am reviewing The Guest Book (its paperback publication) by C.L. Pattison. This was released on the 27th of May, published by Vintage.
WELCOME TO THE ANCHORAGE, FOR A HONEYMOON YOU’LL NEVER FORGET…
Charles and Grace wanted a quiet staycation honeymoon, but when their train terminates early due to a storm up ahead, they wonder if they made the wrong decision. Forced to take shelter in the nearest seaside town, Saltwater, they discover that there is only one guesthouse left. Unlike the rest of Saltwater, The Anchorage is entirely deserted.
That night, with the storm howling relentlessly, Grace is woken by a child crying. She is haunted by the sound, until Charles convinces her it was only her imagination. But the next day, she finds a warning scrawled in the guest book: Leave now. Do not trust them .
As the storm rages on, phone lines are down, transport links cut off. Grace is desperate to leave, but Charles remains unaffected by the eerie stillness of the house. Is it just Grace’s imagination or do the owners, and Charles, have something to hide?
THANK YOU FOR STAYING AT THE ANCHORAGE. W E HOPE YOU’LL BE BACK SOON…
Perfect for fans of Harriet Tyce, Lisa Jewell and Ruth Ware.
The Guest Book is a chilling and atmospheric tale that follows newlyweds Charles and Grace, bound for their honeymoon. Things take a turn when bad weather thwarts their plans and they are forced to retreat to the seaside town of Saltwater and its only vacant guesthouse, The Anchorage.
My first impression of this book, is that everything ticked all the boxes for me after being drawn to it by its ominous cover then its premise. Any book that has a setting in a seaside town with a sinister haunting story, unreliable narrators and a bit of the supernatural thrown in is always a big plus for me.
When I got stuck in to reading the story though, I found it to move at a slightly slower pace than I normally like but, it still held my attention and my interest. C.L. Pattison weaves a tale that is dark, creepy and has a lot of promise but, I did find it missed the mark on some things and felt the ending was a bit rushed. In saying all that though, it is still entertaining, enjoyable and worth a read.
Thank you to C.L. Pattison, Vintage and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Guest Book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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Let’s Get to Know C.L. Pattison
C. L. Pattison spent twenty years as an entertainment journalist, before embarking on a frontline career in the police force. She lives on the south coast of England.