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The Guest

Emma Cline author


Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Published:30th May '24

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'The tension never wavers' Guardian
‘Sultry and engrossing… Take it to the beach and savour every page’ Observer

Summer's almost over and Alex is no longer welcome...

Alex is a young woman teetering on the edge. Behind on her rent and with nothing to keep her in New York she agrees to spend August by the beach, in the lavish house of the older man she’s been seeing.

After one misstep at a dinner party she’s dismissed with a ride to the station and a ticket back to the city. But Alex decides to stay on the island, charming her way into the lives of the dazzlingly wealthy set who live there and leaving a trail of destruction behind her. Just how long can she keep going before she’s found out?

‘A delicious, dark-sided novel’ Guardian
‘Eerily captivating’ Elle
‘Compulsively readable’ Independent

Sultry and engrossing, with a note of menace, it's a gorgeously smart affair whose deceptive lightness conceals strange depths and an arresting originality . . . take it to the beach and savour every page * Observer *
Drawing the reader inexorably on to the heightened, rug-pulling denouement, this is beach reading at its finest * Daily Mail *
Every sentence as sharp as a scalpel . . . tantalizing -- Liska Jacobs * New York Times Book Review *
At once chilling and eminently evocative of the rarefied world it portrays . . . a definite contender for Status Vacation Book of 2023 * Vogue *
The ideal mix of hazy summer glamour and shimmering threat for compulsive beach reading... A gripping, almost ghastly book -- Megan Nolan, author of ACTS OF DESPERATION * Observer, *Summer Reads of 2023* *
The Girls was exceptional; The Guest, with its exquisite pacing and deliciously muddled moral compass, is even better -- Emily Watkins * Scotland on Sunday *
Atmospheric and at times incandescent -- Michelle Hart * Los Angeles Times *
Cline's writing at its very best - hypnotically propulsive, viscerally disquieting, and moving in the most unpredictable ways -- Doug Battersby * Financial Times *
The tension never wavers . . . This is rich material for Cline, who trains a chilly eye on the preposterous affluence and exclusivity of that part of the world -- Emma Brockes * Guardian *
The Girls was exceptional; The even better... Compulsively readable... The Guest is as refreshing as a dip in a cool pool on a hot day * i *
As bracing as saltwater... Cline possesses unmistakable talent; her bursts of genuine originality and startling insight make that clear -- Ann Manov * Daily Telegraph *
A tale of the ultimate grifter. Doused in ambiguity and foreboding -- Imy Brighty-Potts * Independent *
A new tense summer adventure * Stylist *
A searing portrayal of the precariat? Or a slick summer thriller? The answer is: both . . . you won't be able to look away -- Laura Battle * Financial Times *
This unsettling but gripping novel takes us deep into the mind of a woman living a shadowy half-life -- Vanessa Berridge * Daily Mirror *
Crucial reading for any young woman -- Alex Peake-Tomkinson * Evening Standard *
Undeniably compelling and atmospheric... a poolside-worthy page-turner * Sunday Express *
A taut, tense novel... The Guest is a strong follow-up... Her [Cline's] prose is limpid and propulsive, sustaining an atmosphere of dread. * Economist *
[An] arresting observational eye -- Alex Clark * Financial Times *
A thrilling dissection of survival and how far its protagonist will (or can) go to achieve it -- Virginia Feito, author of MRS MARCH * Observer, *Summer Reads of 2023* *

ISBN: 9781529921915

Dimensions: 197mm x 130mm x 19mm

Weight: 217g

304 pages