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The House Guest - by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.9 Inches (H) x 6.0 Inches (W) x .8 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.1 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Sub-Genre: Thrillers
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Number of Pages: 336
Publisher: Forge
Theme: Psychological
Format: Paperback
Author: Hank Phillippi Ryan
Language: English
Street Date: August 1, 2023
TCIN: 87421674
UPC: 9781250849571
Item Number (DPCI): 247-24-3971
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


Book Synopsis

The House Guest is another diabolical cat-and-mouse thriller from USA Today bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan--but which character is the cat, and which character is the mouse?

After every divorce, one spouse gets all the friends. What does the other one get? If they're smart, they get the benefits. Alyssa Macallan is terrified when she's dumped by her wealthy and powerful husband. With a devastating divorce looming, she begins to suspect her toxic and manipulative soon-to-be-ex is scheming to ruin her--leaving her alone and penniless. And when the FBI shows up at her door, Alyssa knows she really needs a friend.

And then she gets one. A seductive new friend, one who's running from a dangerous relationship of her own. Alyssa offers Bree Lorrance the safety of her guest house, and the two become confidantes. Then Bree makes a heart-stoppingly tempting offer. Maybe Alyssa and Bree can solve each others' problems.

But no one is what they seem. And the fates and fortunes of these two women twist and turn until the shocking truth emerges: You can't always get what you want. But sometimes you get what you deserve.

Other books by Hank Phillippi Ryan:
Her Perfect Life
The First to Lie
The Murder List
On the House
Trust Me

The Other Woman / The Wrong Girl / Truth Be Told / What You See / Say No More

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Review Quotes

"Hank Phillippi Ryan is one of my favorite authors, and THE HOUSE GUEST proves why. This riveting novel twists and turns through the pageturning story...events turn shocking, with revelation after revelation in a thriller that never forgets to touch the heart." --Lisa Scottoline

"THE HOUSE GUEST is great! Ryan creates memorable characters--then pulls off the nearly-impossible: she orchestrates half a dozen twists, turns, and backflips--and then sticks the landing. What a pleasure to read this!" --James Patterson

"Binge-worthy.... This cat-and-mouse story will have readers wondering who is the cat and who is the mouse." --Library Journal (starred review)

"Hank Phillippi Ryan weaves a twisted tale of love, revenge and betrayal. THE HOUSE GUEST kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish." --Tamron Hall, author of As The Wicked Watch and Emmy Award-winning host of The Tamron Hall Show

"THE HOUSE GUEST is a thriller-lover's treat! Propulsive, smart, twisty and impossible to predict. Ryan brilliantly ramps up the tension, and skillfully draws the reader deep into the lives of the wealthy, the vulnerable and the betrayed, keeping you guessing right up to the end." --Gilly Macmillan, Internationally bestselling author of The Long Weekend

"In THE HOUSE GUEST, Hank Phillippi Ryan expertly leads you down one path only to spin you on your head and send you down ten others. With red-herrings and twists and turns galore, you'll be switching allegiances from one moment to the next, and you still won't guess the ending. Compulsive and absorbing, this is a fast-faced, highly intriguing and binge-worthy read." --Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Never Coming Home

"Ryan is at the top of her game in this fiendishly clever, rocket-paced thrill ride. But as in all great thrillers, the propulsive story and hairpin turns are just the beginning. THE HOUSE GUEST is also a deep dive into friendship, loyalty, and wresting back your power from a dangerous man -- even when he's your husband. Another stellar outing for powerhouse Ryan." --Lisa Unger

"Ryan does it again with this clever cat-and-mouse chase of a mystery that will keep you flipping the pages until the deliciously twisty end. The House Guest is a riveting read-straight-through novel of suspense!" --Wanda M. Morris, award-winning author of All Her Little Secrets

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN has won five Agatha Awards in addition to Anthony, Macavity, Daphne du Maurier, and Mary Higgins Clark Awards. As on-air investigative reporter for Boston's WHDH-TV, she's won 37 Emmys and many more journalism honors. A past president of National Sisters in Crime and founder of MWA University, Ryan lives in Boston with her husband,
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4.8 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews
100% would recommend
3 recommendations

Will Helping a House Guest Hurt Alyssa?

4 out of 5 stars
- 2 months ago
Alyssa Macallan’s life is turned upside down when her husband walks out of their house one day. Facing a divorce she never expected, she finds herself drinking at a bar one Friday night, where she meets Bree Lorrance, who is also down on her luck. The two hit it off, and Alyssa invites Bree to move into her guest house. Helping Bree lets Alyssa forget her own problems, until her own problems heat back up. Will the two be able to help each other? Or do they have secret agendas? I was hooked early on, although the book does take a little while to build up to the full plot. Once it does, I couldn’t wait to see how things would resolve for the characters. I appreciated the fact that no one seemed overly whiney here, although they could have repeated things less, giving the book more time to flesh out some of the late breaking twists. While knowing I couldn’t fully trust Alyssa and Bree, I really did like them both and hoped things would work out well for them. We get the book completely from Alyssa’s third person point of view which makes us question just what anyone else was thinking. Even with the pacing issues with the plot, I enjoyed this book overall.
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Thelma and Louise, gaslight

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Debbie - 8 months ago
I received this book as an ARC with no expectation of a positive review. Alyssa fell in love with the handsome, rich Bill Macallen. She knew he was a fundraiser. One minute she is happily married, the next minute he leaves with no explanation. She goes to a bar and meets Bree. Do you really know who friends? Who can you trust? When you think you know, it may not be the truth. This book is a twisty story that will have you guessing until the end. It is a must read.
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5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Lghudson - 8 months ago
Multiple Award Winner Hank Phillipi Ryan’s fans will be thrilled with her latest release, a brilliant cat-and-mouse thriller, The House Guest. In my opinion, this is Ryan’s best work to date and is my personal favorite of all of her novels. From the first paragraph, Ryan draws readers into this intricately woven story of divorce, division, and deception. Because with every divorce, there is division–a division of money, property, and friends, which typically leads to deception. And Ryan has loaded this novel with deception! Readers will enjoy trying to determine which character to believe amid all the deception—the wife who claims she was caught off guard by her husband's request for a divorce, the husband whose personality began changing in the weeks before he left, the new friend the wife makes who suddenly finds herself an heiress, the attorney who was sent to find the heiress but nearly scared her to death and now has become their friend, an FBI Agent investigating the soon-to-be ex-husband, and the wife’s former law school friend. Here is the Big Question: Will anyone have possession of the millions of dollars at stake when all is said and done? Brilliant cat-and-mouse thriller from beginning to end! I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Forge Books and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence.
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Twisted Domestic Suspense with a Surprise Ending

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
VickleaW - 8 months ago
First, let me give you some honest advice. Run, don’t walk to get this book! Second piece of advice, don’t believe anything you read until the very end and then you can shake your head in disbelief at how brilliantly everything comes together. This is the most deliciously twisted book that I have read in a long time and so enticingly deceptive. Alyssa Macallen is living alone after her husband Bill left her. He has plenty of money and she is expecting to be poor any day now. When she meets Bree Lorrance, another put upon female who has been wronged by the male in her life, the two of them click and Bree becomes Alyssa’s house guest. Then, the twists and the labyrinth maze that was the plot begin to really get complex and oh so well written! This fantastically engrossing novel included characters that were just as deceptive as the plot and so devilishly realistic. There were clues and red herrings, but they were so well woven into the plot that I could not figure out who was bad and who was good in the story.The design of the author to trap me in the mousetrap of deceit worked well and thoroughly captivated me. I thought I was on a runaway train, down a mountainous track with switchbacks at every intersection. This book was totally engaging, with characters that popped with credibility and a plot that captured my mind and imagination with awe and wonder about what would happen next. This is a diabolically and cleverly written domestic thriller that gripped me from beginning to end and fooled me all along the way. Loved it! Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guidelines Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”
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