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Summary

The Sunday Times best seller 

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. 

©2021 B P Walter (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Stayed up till past 2am to finish this! Well done, B P Walter - immensely gripping!" (Sophie Hannah, Sunday Times best-selling author of the Hercule Poirot mysteries)

"Dark and twisted, The Dinner Guest is a captivating, atmospheric story of secrets and lies set within the world of old-school London money. It had me second-guessing every page. Pure delicious escapism!" (Charlotte Duckworth, best-selling author of The Perfect Father)

"Devoured this.... Twisty, compelling and full of deliciously despicable characters, it had me stumped til the final chapters...a smashing read." (Lisa Hall, best-selling author of The Perfect Couple)

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Ok

Well written and well read. I enjoyed some of the twists and turns but I found all of the main characters hard to connect to or even like which made it a little hard going for me I’m afraid.

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Character focus?

I don't believe you need to like the characters you follow through a novel, but it is useful for them to have some redeeming qualities and reason for us to want to know more about them. It misses the mark slightly on this front for me. The class divide could have been interesting to explore but disappears quickly with Rachel getting a free ride through most of the book. Wish the themes from the last tenth of the novel were a bigger focus as well - I found them more interesting.

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Mediocre at best

I struggled to get through this. The premise was sound, and I enjoyed the use of time jumps to tell the story.

Unfortunately it was rather predictable and was made up of a cast of thoroughly unlikable characters with very few redeeming qualities.

Some of the language used was rather lazy or downright odd, and at times I found myself having to listen to sections again just to be sure I had heard it correctly. At one point, a knife is being described as fitting in someone's had "like a glove" - that's not how gloves work! These should have been picked up and amended in the edit.

The narrators also seem to have struggled with some of the strange or clunky text, making their performances not as smooth and seamless as I would have hoped.

The book had been highly publicised on social media and sounded ideal. Sadly it was rather lacking in content and style.

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Loved it

Superb tale of family intrigue and twists and turns that keep you guessing right till the end ..highly recommend

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A little disappointing for me

Well written book with twists and turns. Some of the changes in character's behaviour work well but some did not work for me.
At the end of the book felt very detached from all the characters behaviour.

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Slow start then got interesting

I enjoyed this but got as bit frustrated with the pace at the beginning.

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Really good !!

Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Had me hooked within the first few pages. Great characters and gripping storyline . Lots of twists and turns to the last page . Brilliant !!

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Only so so.

Honestly I didn't thjink the murdered was who it was. Do that was the twist. Overall up till chapter 18 it's really oring with tedious descriptions of rich people's lunches and cakes and cars and etc... Main character Charlie turns out to be the biggest liar and a hyppocrate of all! After all that high and mighty non lying reputation.. Anyway somewhat resembles crime and punishment by dostoyevsky

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weird but wonderful

I normally only listen to audiobooks while out walking but this one grabbed me, and I sat listening instead of watching my favourite tv programmes. lovely twists and a bit of a cliffhanger at the end

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Worth sticking with it

I enjoyed this involved story....not sure that Racheals reasoning really fits but all in all great listen and narrator v good