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Book Recommendation – The Guest Room – Rona Halshall

Book Review of The Guest Room by Rona Halshall

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers

Published: January 2022, Bookouture

Swathi’s Rating: 4.5/5


This is an instant addiction, just like it had ever been with Rona Halshall books!! Loved the blurb, picked it up immediately and finished in one sitting and what a fantastic thriller it was. I’m still shaking with unease at the effect it has on me.

What we have here is a woman who lives alone in her house and the area used to be nice and safe once, but not anymore. She’s constantly attacked by vandals and she sublets her place to working women, just to get some company. Her daughter is worried and her ex-husband wants to sell the house.

Amidst this, she discovers that someone is in the house as she begins to notice her things being meddled and every time she calls the police, they end up empty handed. Soon things escalate, and she impulsively takes a decision to allow a stranger into her house.

Rona Halshall is a master in the psychological suspense genre and this book is just so brilliant and creepy. I’m pretty sure I’ll never feel safe again in my own house if I’m alone. I’m going to flip over every creak and noise and that’s because of you Rona!

About the Book:

Ever since Steph’s husband walked out after a thirty-year marriage, home hasn’t felt like a safe haven. Her daughter Bea thinks she’s imagining things. But Steph knows that the noises in the night, the open windows she knows she left closed, the strange smell in the kitchen – none of it feels right.

Then her house is broken into, and a young man named Noah helps her fix the front window. He’s fallen on hard times and Steph impulsively offers him a place to stay. At least 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.

Until the strange things start happening once more.

Until it becomes clear someone 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.

About the Author:

Rona is the author of Best Selling psychological thrillers published by Bookouture. She loves puzzles and her challenge 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 and two dogs.

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.

To find out more about Rona and her novels, visit her website:

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