The Guest: A Novel (Hardcover)
New York Times bestselling author B. A. Paris captivated psychological thriller readers everywhere with Behind Closed Doors. Now she invites you into another home full of heart-pounding secrets, in The Guest.
Some secrets never leave.
Iris and Gabriel have just arrived home from a make-or-break holiday. But a shock awaits them. One of their closest friends, Laure, is in their house. The atmosphere quickly becomes tense as she oversteps again and again: sleeping in their bed, wearing Iris' clothes, even rearranging the furniture.
Laure has walked out on her husband—and their good friend—Pierre, over his confession of an affair and a secret child. Iris and Gabriel want to be supportive of their friends, but as Laure's mood becomes increasingly unpredictable, her presence takes its toll.
Iris and Gabriel's only respite comes in the form of a couple new to town. But with them comes their gardener, who has a checkered past.
Soon, secrets from all their pasts will unravel, some more dangerous than they could have known.
About the Author
B.A. PARIS is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back, The Dilemma, and The Therapist. Having lived in France for many years, she and her husband now live in the UK. She has worked both in finance and as a teacher, and she has five daughters.
A February 2024 LibraryReads Pick (Hall of Fame)
One of Apple’s Best Books of February
One of Woman’s World’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2024”
One of Goodreads’s “96 On-Trend Mysteries and Thrillers”
“Bestseller Paris orchestrates a symphony of subplots in this creepy domestic thriller. Paris deftly juggles the many characters and plot strands on the way toward a wild climax. The results are electrifying.”—Publishers Weekly
“Well-crafted secrets and betrayals abound.”—Booklist
“A tightly woven, character-driven thriller, The Guest shows how secrets can build up into toxic time bombs.”—Apple Books
“This taut, intimate, propulsive domestic thriller is fraught with impulsive bad choices that ordinary people can make.”—Patriot Ledger
“An eerie, chilling page-turner.”—Woman’s World
“By the end, it’s almost possible to figure out the who, as one of the few left standing, if not the why. But Paris thoughtfully fills the gaps with a full confession that will have you saying ‘of course!’”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“I am obsessed with The Guest—and I completely neglected my responsibilities so I could keep reading! I'm surprised the pages didn’t catch fire because I was turning them so fast—I was absolutely riveted and compelled to find out what happened. There is no one—no one—who creates high-wire domestic suspense like the amazing B.A. Paris. Do not miss this, dear readers. Standing ovation to one of my very favorite writers!”—Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of One Wrong Word
“A mesmeric, tense and twisting nightmare. Suffocating, controlled and hugely entertaining”—Chris Whitaker, New York Times bestselling author of We Begin at the End
“Expertly plotted and compellingly told—a cautionary tale that will put you off ever having anyone to stay with you again. I raced through it!”—Harriet Tyce, international bestselling author of Blood Orange