Robin Morgan-Bentley: The Guest House

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for The Guest House today. My review is written with thanks to Tracy Fenton for inviting me on the blog tour and to the publishers for my copy of the book.

Blurb:

KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE.
WHATEVER THE COST…

Jamie and Victoria are expecting their first baby.

With a few weeks to go, they head off for a final weekend break in a remote part of the North Pennines. The small and peaceful guesthouse is the ideal location to unwind together before becoming parents. Upon arrival, they are greeted by Barry and Fiona, the older couple who run the guesthouse. They cook them dinner and show them to their room before retreating to bed themselves.

The next morning, Jamie and Victoria wake to find the house deserted. Barry and Fiona are nowhere to be seen. All the doors are locked. Both their mobile phones and car keys have disappeared. Even though it’s a few weeks early, Victoria knows the contractions are starting.

The baby is coming, and there’s no way out.

Review:

I’ve heard lots of good things about this author and I was excited to see what he can do for myself. The Guest House has everything you need in a psychological thriller: there is tension and atmosphere by the bucket load and even though I’ve never had children, Morgan-Bentley’s writing made me feel so claustrophobic and I was completely hooked wanting to know how the situation in which Victoria and Jamie found themselves would be resolved. 

The novel is narrated mostly by Victoria and Jamie and I liked that this helped me to get to know the characters and try to understand the dynamics between them. I must mention my excitement that The Guest House features a disabled character whose disability is not central to the plot! My own disability is slightly different to Jamie’s but I related to a lot of the issues he encountered and loved seeing a disabled person represented so well. In addition to this, I loved that Morgan-Bentley has created characters in Fiona and Barry who really got under my skin and made me feel really uncomfortable. 

Part of the appeal of The Guest House was that I could never quite figure out what direction the story was going in. I was constantly surprised as I was reading and I loved being taken on the ride! 

I will definitely be checking out the author’s previous book! 

The Guest House is available from Amazon.

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