Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Guest Room by Rona Halsall. This was released on the 31st of January, published by Bookouture.
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.
“You think you’re safe in your home…You’re wrong”
Rona Halsall has delivered another chilling and nail biting read with The Guest Room. A real page turner, it is always an adventure reading a book from her as she pulls you into the story bringing it all to life where you experience it all as her characters do.
A great job has been done in creating a very tense and creepy atmosphere throughout and there were many times I jumped at the littlest noise as I read through the night. I was invested in our lead Steph and was empathic to her plight, although you do question her naivety at times. The twists and turns keep everything interesting and with writing that is engaging, makes for a really compelling read. I throughly enjoyed this book and I look forward to what Rona will give us next.
Thank you to Rona Halsall, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Guest Room, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Guest Room Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The Guest Room. Thank you to Bookouture for my spot on this books on tour and for the promotional material.
Let’s Get to Know Rona Halsall
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.