April 1, 2021

The Dinner Guest


The Dinner Guest

by B P Walter

Published April 1, 2021
by HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

About The Perfect Guest
Four people walked into the dining room that night. One would never leave.

Matthew: the perfect husband.

Titus: the perfect son.

Charlie: the perfect illusion.

Rachel: the perfect stranger.

Charlie didn’t want her at the book club. Matthew wouldn’t listen.

And that’s how Charlie finds himself slumped beside his husband’s body, their son sitting silently at the dinner table, while Rachel calls 999, the bloody knife still gripped in her hand.

Classic crime meets Donna Tartt in this nerve-shredding domestic noir thriller that weaves a sprawling web of secrets around an opulent West London world and the dinner that ends in death.

My Thoughts About The Perfect Guest
The suspense builds from the opening chapter, when we are told right away that Matthew has been killed at the dinner table and Rachel confesses to his murder. But wait! Why does Charlie say she’s innocent?

The questions snowball from there – who is Rachel? Who knows what? Did their teenage son, Titus, see anything? Will he say anything?

Rachel has inserted herself into Charlie and Matthew’s world, first bumping into them at the grocery store, then joining Matthew’s book club. Charlie is suspicious from the get-go and the more we see of Matthew’s character, the more we see of his pretentiousness and snarky personality, while Matthew remains outgoing and friendly. Then Rachel ingratiates herself with Charlie’s godmother and gets one step closer to the household. Between alternating views from Charlie and Rachel, Walter builds an incredible backstory that goes all the way back before Charlie and Matthew were a couple, up until the final reveal into what surely (I hope!) will become a sequel.

5 big bright stars to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK/One More Chapter for providing an advanced reader’s copy for review.

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