The House Guest

Forge. Feb. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781250849564. $27.99. SUSPENSE
Ryan’s (Her Perfect Life) latest is full of beautiful scenery, privileged characters, and twists and turns. One day, Alyssa Macallan is a devoted wife to her wealthy, difficult-to-please husband, Bill; the next day, she’s cast aside. Alyssa is frightened that her devious soon-to-be-ex is trying to financially ruin and gaslight her. What she really needs is a loyal friend, and she finds one in Bree Lorrance. Alyssa offers her new friend a room in her guest house, and they quickly become close. Just in time for when the FBI shows up at Alyssa’s door. When they start questioning Alyssa about her husband, Bree makes her an offer she can’t refuse, one where they can potentially solve each of their problems. Can Alyssa and Bree trust each other, though? This cat-and-mouse story will have readers wondering who is the cat and who is the mouse.
VERDICT The second half of Ryan’s binge-worthy novel takes readers on a ride with a satisfying end. Seasoned suspense readers may find it predictable, but fans of domestic thrillers will enjoy.
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