16 April 2021

The Guest Book


By C. L. Pattison
Psychological Thriller

My Review

When a fallen tree crashes onto the railway line during a ferocious storm, newlyweds Charles and Grace have no choice but to temporarily abort their journey. They to divert to Saltwater, a quaint little English seaside town where Charles spent his childhood holidays. As the storm continues to rage, Charles and Grace struggle to find a B&B that isn't already full. Remembering The Anchorage where he stayed as a boy, Charles suggests they check it out. It's a little off the beaten track but fortunately there's an empty room. In fact every room is empty.

Sensing something unsettling about The Anchorage and its owners, Grace grows increasingly anxious. Why aren't there any guests when all the other B&Bs are packed to the rafters? After a series of strange events, Grace becomes convinced they're in imminent danger. There's something sinister going on and it's about to get worse. . . 

What an addictive read this turned out to be! I really enjoyed its spookiness and hint of the supernatural. Although the 'creepy house' scenario has been done a zillion times before, The Guest Book was extremely entertaining. Never knowing which character to trust or whose version of events to believe, it captured my imagination and I couldn't put it down. I thought it was chilling, tense and suspenseful. With plenty of plot twists that I didn't see coming, it was an exciting read. 

Book Source: Review copy from the publisher
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage (27th May 2021)
ISBN-13: 978-1529113617

The Blurb


Charles and Grace wanted a quiet staycation honeymoon, but when their train terminates early due to a storm up ahead, they wonder if they made the wrong decision. Forced to take shelter in the nearest seaside town, Saltwater, they discover that there is only one guesthouse left. Unlike the rest of Saltwater, The Anchorage is entirely deserted.

That night, with the storm howling relentlessly, Grace is woken by a child crying. She is haunted by the sound, until Charles convinces her it was only her imagination. But the next day, she finds a warning scrawled in the guest book: Leave now. Do not trust them .

As the storm rages on, phone lines are down, transport links cut off. Grace is desperate to leave, but Charles remains unaffected by the eerie stillness of the house. Is it just Grace's imagination or do the owners, and Charles, have something to hide?


The Author

C.L. Pattison spent twenty years as an entertainment journalist, until a desire to do something a bit more meaningful than write about the rich and famous prompted her to join the police force. 

Her debut psychological thriller, The Housemate, was an ebook bestseller in both the UK and the USA. 

Originally from the north east of England, she now lives in a village on the south coast, where she is currently hard at work on her next book.

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