The Christmas Guest

The Christmas Guest

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 28/09/2023
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The Christmas Guest
Tis The Season For Murder!!!
The master of suspense and misdirection returns for another superb slice of crime drama and believe me when I say Peter Swanson has done it again and has c... READ MORE
Steven at Bluewater
The Christmas Guest
Perfect read for Christmas.
The Christmas Guest is a perfect read for the Christmas season, you are instantly grabbed by this novella from Peter Swanson. A woman remembers a Christmas... READ MORE
Jo Morpeth
The Christmas Guest
Seasonal chills
A lonely American student is invited to spend Christmas at a friend's family home in the Cotswolds. She imagines an idyllic visit to a beautiful home, spen... READ MORE
The Christmas Guest
Ideal Christmas book
The Christmas Guest is a great little novella. Murder, a country manor and Christmas all entwined in one book, peppered with a little family tension throug... READ MORE
Chelsea at Lichfield
The Christmas Guest
The perfect christmas mystery
The Christmas Guest starts off as a cosy christmas mystery and then turns dark very quickly, so of course I loved it! I highly recommend it to kick sta... READ MORE
Jodie Whitfield


'Tis the season to be wary. When Ashley Smith - a bright-eyed but lonely American studying in London - is invited to spend Christmas with her classmate's family at their Cotswolds manor house, it seems like a perfect country idyll. And for Ashley - who records it all in her diary - there's the added romantic potential of her friend's twin brother, Adam, who she thinks could be her wildest dream come true. But is there something strange about the old house, both stately and rundown? What could the motives of the mysterious Chapman family be? And what holiday horrors might be lying in wait?

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571378777
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 11 mm

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The Christmas Guest
The Christmas Guest by Peter Swanson
I am the biggest fan of Peter Swanson’s books. I’ve read and loved all of them with The Kind Worth Killing and Rules for Perfect Murders riding high on my ... READ MORE
The Christmas Guest
A modern gothic novella!
This was a great short read- a mystery in novella form by an author I always enjoy. Set in a country house at Christmas, it is the story of an American ex... READ MORE
Annette Librarian
The Christmas Guest
So good!
4+ Well, if that wonderful, evocative, Christmasy cover doesn’t entice you in, then maybe the quality of Peter Swanson’s writing in this novella will. ... READ MORE
Celia Short
The Christmas Guest
My first Peter Swanson, but definitely not my last.
The first half of The Christmas Guest unfolds through the diary of Ashley Smith, an American studying in London, who can't believe her luck when she is inv... READ MORE
Katheryn Thompson
The Christmas Guest
a dark christmas read
This short novel by Peter Swanson is a dark festive read. If you like your crime tales with a twisted gothic flavour then you will delight in this story. ... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
The Christmas Guest
The Christmas Guest
We start in the present where a woman finds an old diary. She has bad memories of the year the diary covers. but just can't stop herself from reading it...... READ MORE
The Christmas Guest
Can Christmas be creepy!
The Christmas Guest by Peter Swanson I give this book 4.25 stars. A Christmassy novella with a difference …… It’s a thriller! It starts with a Christ... READ MORE
The Christmas Guest
Cosy Christmas Thriller
I enjoyed this book a lot it was really inviting/festive and thrilling all at the same time, and didn’t drag on for too long, before I knew it I’d finished... READ MORE
Georgia Jean
The Christmas Guest
Clever and quite dark.
The Christmas Guest is a novella by award-winning, best-selling American author, Peter Swanson. Nineteen-year-old American college student, Ashley Smith, s... READ MORE
Marianne Vincent