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After a shocking death at a luxurious Italian resort, two very different women must question everything—and everyone—they love in order to untangle truth from lies in this twisty, captivating read. One year ago, Leah’s feisty 21-year-old niece, Amy, mysteriously drowned in the beautiful lake near her family-owned resort in Northern Italy. Now, Leah’s grief has caught up wit After a shocking death at a luxurious Italian resort, two very different women must question everything—and everyone—they love in order to untangle truth from lies in this twisty, captivating read. One year ago, Leah’s feisty 21-year-old niece, Amy, mysteriously drowned in the beautiful lake near her family-owned resort in Northern Italy. Now, Leah’s grief has caught up with her, and she decides to return to Lake Garda for the first time since Amy’s death. What she finds upon her arrival shocks her—her sister, brother-in-law, and surviving niece, Olivia, seem to have erased all memories of Amy, and fought to have her death declared an accidental drowning, despite murky circumstances. Leah knows she must look beyond the resort’s beautiful façade and uncover what truly happened to Amy, even if her digging places both her family ties and her very life in danger. Meanwhile, in Central England, thirtysomething Joanna is recovering from a surprising break-up when she is swept off her feet by a handsome bartender. But when she learns that he is on the run from something in his past, and that their meeting may not have been a coincidence, Joanna realized that he may just a bit too good to be true. What follows is a propulsive cat-and mouse game set against the Italian lakeside as the two seemingly-unconnected women are caught up in a dangerous conspiracy.


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After a shocking death at a luxurious Italian resort, two very different women must question everything—and everyone—they love in order to untangle truth from lies in this twisty, captivating read. One year ago, Leah’s feisty 21-year-old niece, Amy, mysteriously drowned in the beautiful lake near her family-owned resort in Northern Italy. Now, Leah’s grief has caught up wit After a shocking death at a luxurious Italian resort, two very different women must question everything—and everyone—they love in order to untangle truth from lies in this twisty, captivating read. One year ago, Leah’s feisty 21-year-old niece, Amy, mysteriously drowned in the beautiful lake near her family-owned resort in Northern Italy. Now, Leah’s grief has caught up with her, and she decides to return to Lake Garda for the first time since Amy’s death. What she finds upon her arrival shocks her—her sister, brother-in-law, and surviving niece, Olivia, seem to have erased all memories of Amy, and fought to have her death declared an accidental drowning, despite murky circumstances. Leah knows she must look beyond the resort’s beautiful façade and uncover what truly happened to Amy, even if her digging places both her family ties and her very life in danger. Meanwhile, in Central England, thirtysomething Joanna is recovering from a surprising break-up when she is swept off her feet by a handsome bartender. But when she learns that he is on the run from something in his past, and that their meeting may not have been a coincidence, Joanna realized that he may just a bit too good to be true. What follows is a propulsive cat-and mouse game set against the Italian lakeside as the two seemingly-unconnected women are caught up in a dangerous conspiracy.

30 review for The Other Guest

  1. 4 out of 5

    Holly B

    3.5 STARS Multi-layered family drama with an intriguing setting! I loved the premise of two women who don't seem to be connected, but ultimately get entangled in some dangerous situations that reveal their connection. Leah and Joanna are the two women. We don't find out their association until later, when all the puzzle pieces fall into place. I enjoyed how the author unraveled the details with surprise and a bit of shock. It is kind of a slow-burner, but has plenty of page turning events that keep 3.5 STARS Multi-layered family drama with an intriguing setting! I loved the premise of two women who don't seem to be connected, but ultimately get entangled in some dangerous situations that reveal their connection. Leah and Joanna are the two women. We don't find out their association until later, when all the puzzle pieces fall into place. I enjoyed how the author unraveled the details with surprise and a bit of shock. It is kind of a slow-burner, but has plenty of page turning events that keep the pace going all the way through. The story is told from three points of view and we get to understand the motives behind the actions. The descriptions of the resort in Italy, made it sound picture perfect and almost had a "Stepford Wives" feel to it. I could almost feel the sunshine beaming down and see the relaxing views. Very bello! I only wish I had cared more for the characters, though I was invested, I never felt like I really cared about any of them (and I should have). Still a solid mystery and enjoyable reading experience, so 3.5 STARS from me. Thanks to NG/ Edelweiss and the publisher for my arc. OUT July 26, 2022

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Intriguing and engaging mystery, kept my interest throughout. There are two main storylines here, and it takes some patience to see where the plot is going that brings the two together (and it certainly wasn't in a way I was expecting at all!) Joanna is a British counselor who recently went through a difficult breakup with her longtime boyfriend/fiancé. She's putting her life back together, and meets handsome bartender Callum, and they hit it off. Leah is an attorney who has been placed on leave Intriguing and engaging mystery, kept my interest throughout. There are two main storylines here, and it takes some patience to see where the plot is going that brings the two together (and it certainly wasn't in a way I was expecting at all!) Joanna is a British counselor who recently went through a difficult breakup with her longtime boyfriend/fiancé. She's putting her life back together, and meets handsome bartender Callum, and they hit it off. Leah is an attorney who has been placed on leave after yelling at a client. She decides to visit her sister's resort in Italy where her 21-year-old niece Amy died the previous year. Leah has been avoiding dealing with the death and now wants closure and to say her goodbyes, although the circumstances surrounding the death are not exactly what they seem. There's also a third point of view, that of Amy from the past as the events leading up to her death are revealed. This is a bit of a slow burn, as things deliberately unfold and just as one timeline/storyline gets exciting, then we switch over to another. Overall, I liked the book and the plot. There are some instances that are very far fetched, but others are intriguing and interesting and kept me invested to find out what was going on. I liked Joanna, but I didn't really like Leah or any of the other characters. The story really picks up at about 65% when the reader starts to get clued in on how all of these pieces fit together. I also really liked the ending with the meeting between the different parties, it was very touching and realistic. In a very over saturated thriller market, this book stands out as being a bit more unique and interesting than many I've read recently. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ceecee

    3.5 rounded up Leah arrives in Il Mandrino, a luxury holiday village on Lake Garda owned by her sister and brother in law. A year ago Leah’s much loved niece Amy tragically drowns and she is astonished to find that all traces of Amy seem to have been airbrushed out but why?? In addition to this strangeness the dynamics in her sisters family are also odd seeming both strained and distant. Leah’s scepticism over Amy’s death is now amplified. Meanwhile in Derby, Joanna is trying to recover from a v 3.5 rounded up Leah arrives in Il Mandrino, a luxury holiday village on Lake Garda owned by her sister and brother in law. A year ago Leah’s much loved niece Amy tragically drowns and she is astonished to find that all traces of Amy seem to have been airbrushed out but why?? In addition to this strangeness the dynamics in her sisters family are also odd seeming both strained and distant. Leah’s scepticism over Amy’s death is now amplified. Meanwhile in Derby, Joanna is trying to recover from a very sudden break up of a long-term relationship. She has no desire to be alone one evening and so calls in at a pub where she meets a kind and friendly barman, nothing out of the ordinary there except that a week or two later she finds herself drawn into something most unexpectedly . There are two seemingly disparate storylines and it’s a good puzzle trying to see how they could possibly connect and for a long time I don’t see how but the author does draw it together well. The atmosphere that is created is really good especially in the Lake Garda setting (and Derby is just, well, Derby!) and the holiday village is utilised very effectively in the plot. The dynamics are good, you feel a strange awkwardness in Italy, it feels forced in several directions and there is an undercurrent of volatility and a distinct chilliness especially from Leah‘s brother in law. However, it’s not especially fast paced and in fact initially it’s quite slow and the plot seems to be quite busy which makes it a tad confusing on occasions. It picks up really well in the last third and from there on it becomes a fascinating and compelling read. Although the characterisation is good there is no one to particularly like or root for. Overall, I did enjoy this but not quite as much as the authors last book however I am looking forward to the next one! With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Hodder and Stoughton for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a Mystery/Thriller. I have mixed feelings about this book. At the beginning of this book I had a lot of trouble following and putting together what the h*** was going on. I found the middle come together, and I started to be able to follow what was going on. I still did not love the middle of this book. I loved the ending of this book. Some parts of this book I found very unbelievable. In the long run, I just found this thriller just ok. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by th This is a Mystery/Thriller. I have mixed feelings about this book. At the beginning of this book I had a lot of trouble following and putting together what the h*** was going on. I found the middle come together, and I started to be able to follow what was going on. I still did not love the middle of this book. I loved the ending of this book. Some parts of this book I found very unbelievable. In the long run, I just found this thriller just ok. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (G.P. Putnam's Sons) or author (Helen Cooper) via NetGalley, so I can give an honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. This book is scheduled to be released on July 26-2022.

  5. 4 out of 5

    LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!"

    My thanks to Penguin Group/Putnam, Netgalley and Helen Cooper. I'll confess that I kind of loved this story. It was engaging throughout, and had enough p.o.v.'s that kept me intrigued. But...that damned milquetoast ending! The conclusion. The big reveal? Yeah, it just didn't sit right with me. I was left with a sadness. Mad actually that this was how a life was ended. My thanks to Penguin Group/Putnam, Netgalley and Helen Cooper. I'll confess that I kind of loved this story. It was engaging throughout, and had enough p.o.v.'s that kept me intrigued. But...that damned milquetoast ending! The conclusion. The big reveal? Yeah, it just didn't sit right with me. I was left with a sadness. Mad actually that this was how a life was ended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    One of my favorite things about this new book from Helen Cooper was connecting the dots. There are two women in the present who seem to be totally unconnected. There is a tragic death that occurred months ago. As we read on, the clues lead us to suspect there is a person or persons that they have in common. Who is "The Other Guest?" I found it difficult to relate to Leah, the grieving aunt. Having a past timeline with Amy, the dead niece, narrating her last day was a compelling plot element. Joa One of my favorite things about this new book from Helen Cooper was connecting the dots. There are two women in the present who seem to be totally unconnected. There is a tragic death that occurred months ago. As we read on, the clues lead us to suspect there is a person or persons that they have in common. Who is "The Other Guest?" I found it difficult to relate to Leah, the grieving aunt. Having a past timeline with Amy, the dead niece, narrating her last day was a compelling plot element. Joanna, a counselor and miles away from the Italian resort, was my favorite character. I also appreciated that inclusion of a reconciliation meeting that takes place between an offender and a victim's family. This is one piece that is sorely lacking in so many judicial systems. While I found this to be a fascinating read, I must say that I liked Cooper's previous book, The Downstairs Neighbor, better. This is my second book in less than a week featuring Italy as a vacation destination. Really makes me want to visit in real life. Thank you to G.P. Putnam's Sons and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I don’t know how I feel about this. I went into it excited and ended disappointed. I didn’t like the characters and the story was all over the place. It read like one of those Lifetime movies. This was one cat and mouse game no one won. After Leah’s twenty-one year old niece drowns in a lake near their family Italian resort she is devastated. One year later her loss still feels fresh. She decides to return to her family’s resort and is dumbfounded when her family seems to have removed all traces I don’t know how I feel about this. I went into it excited and ended disappointed. I didn’t like the characters and the story was all over the place. It read like one of those Lifetime movies. This was one cat and mouse game no one won. After Leah’s twenty-one year old niece drowns in a lake near their family Italian resort she is devastated. One year later her loss still feels fresh. She decides to return to her family’s resort and is dumbfounded when her family seems to have removed all traces of her niece. Leah suspects something is fishy and is determined to figure out they are covering up. Simultaneously in England, Joanna is heartbroken after she splits with her boyfriend. When she meets charismatic bartender she thinks her luck has changed. However, she quickly realizes this guy is not what he seems. This stranger connects these two women in ways they never thought possible. The Other Guest is available July 26,2022. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this arc in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jonann loves book talk❤♥️❤

    Reading Helen Cooper's book The Other Guest is like solving a puzzle. Pieces slowly come together for an outstanding conclusion. The story is about three women, Leah, Joanna, and Amy told in alternating timelines. For Leah and Joanna to move forward with their lives, these women must distinguish the truth from a web of lies. Leah is still grieving the loss of her beautiful niece Amy, a 21-year-old who drowned in a lake in Northern Italy. Leah returns to Lake Garda to confront her grief. As Leah s Reading Helen Cooper's book The Other Guest is like solving a puzzle. Pieces slowly come together for an outstanding conclusion. The story is about three women, Leah, Joanna, and Amy told in alternating timelines. For Leah and Joanna to move forward with their lives, these women must distinguish the truth from a web of lies. Leah is still grieving the loss of her beautiful niece Amy, a 21-year-old who drowned in a lake in Northern Italy. Leah returns to Lake Garda to confront her grief. As Leah searches for answers to Amy's death it soon becomes apparent that the truth could put Leah's own life at risk. Joanna is still struggling after a recent breakup when she meets Callum, a handsome male bartender. Soon after meeting Callum, Joanna discovers Callum is on the run and hiding a secret past. But what is Callum hiding? The Other Guest is a slow burn, but once you are familiar with the authors writing style the story moves along nicely. I especially liked the way Helen Cooper ended the book. The last few chapters make it a very satisfying read. (3.5 bumped up to 4 ⭐⭐⭐⭐) The Other Guest by Helen Cooper is available on July 26th. I look forward to reading more from the mega-talented Helen Cooper. Thank you, NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam, G.P. Putnam Sons, for allowing me to review this twisty book. Your kindness is appreciated.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️(on a break)

    The Other Guest by Helen Cooper is a slow-burn mystery. Till about 70% into the story, I felt like reading two stories in parallel. Joanna is a student counselor working at the university and recovering from a broken relationship and then there is Leah whose niece died in a tragic accident a year ago and she is recovering from the trauma of that loss. So there we go, following the lives of these two women who do not seem to have anything in common, Joanna is forming a friendship with a new guy i The Other Guest by Helen Cooper is a slow-burn mystery. Till about 70% into the story, I felt like reading two stories in parallel. Joanna is a student counselor working at the university and recovering from a broken relationship and then there is Leah whose niece died in a tragic accident a year ago and she is recovering from the trauma of that loss. So there we go, following the lives of these two women who do not seem to have anything in common, Joanna is forming a friendship with a new guy in her life, and Leah is hell-bent on tracing the final moments of her niece’s life at the family-owned resort regardless of the danger and warning signs being thrown at her. The story develops slowly as we see how these random lives get interconnected and the author has developed the plot excellently though, I wonder if she left the twisty surprise a little too late. I do love a slow burn mystery, but here at most times in the story, the thrill of the chase or a big reveal waiting to be unraveled never materializes, so in effect, the reading was easy but I never did get engaged into the plot. The Other Guest had several characters each of them having a fair amount of growing up to do and I loved how Il Mandrino, the resort becomes an integral element of the story. The setting of the resort was good, and it provided a claustrophobic experience. The grief and trauma of losing a loved one were conveyed in excellent fashion, each one of them suffering in private unable to share the pain that haunts all of them in equal measures. The writing by the author is captivating though I would have loved to feel more of a ‘gripping and thrilling’ effect in the untangling of the mystery. Surely, I am looking forward to reading other works by the author. 3.5 stars! Many thanks to Net Galley, Hodder & Stoughton, and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily. This review is published in my blog Rain'n'Books, ##Goodreads, ##Amazon India, ##Book Bub, ##Medium.com, ##Facebook, ##Twitter.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maren’s Reads

    3.5 rounded down. Review to come.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Danielle B

    Leah’s family owns a beautiful vacation resort in Northern Italy. One year ago tragedy struck when Leah’s young niece, Amy, drowned in a nearby lake. How this happened is completely unknown. Fast forward 1 year and Leah is now returning the resort for the first time since Amy died. Leah finds her family has literally removed all memories of Amy and have made sure her death was ruled accidental. Leah is now determined to dig deeper and find out the truth about Amy. Joanna is living in England, ups Leah’s family owns a beautiful vacation resort in Northern Italy. One year ago tragedy struck when Leah’s young niece, Amy, drowned in a nearby lake. How this happened is completely unknown. Fast forward 1 year and Leah is now returning the resort for the first time since Amy died. Leah finds her family has literally removed all memories of Amy and have made sure her death was ruled accidental. Leah is now determined to dig deeper and find out the truth about Amy. Joanna is living in England, upset about a recent break-up. She falls for a bartender that clearly has a checkered past. Will it catch up with him? Is Joanna somehow connected with Leah and Amy?? This was my first book by Helen Cooper and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The dual points of view and how they intertwined together was excellent. The story has plenty of twists to keep you hooked and entertained. I could not predict the ending, but I really enjoyed it. Helen Cooper is clearly a skilled writer and I would be happy to read her future books. Many thanks to NetGalley and G.P. Putnam's Sons for my ARC in exchange for my honest review. This review will be posted to my Instagram Blog (@coffee.break.book.reviews) in the near future.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I ended up liking this book, though I had trouble getting into it for the first quarter or so. The story is told from 3 POVs: Amy (in past tense), who we know has died in a suspicious drowning accident; Leah, Amy’s aunt who is grieving and looking for answers; and Joanna, a young woman who initially is seemingly unrelated to the other storylines and is reeling from a surprise breakup with her long term boyfriend. The storylines eventually converge in a satisfying way. I had a bit of trouble conn I ended up liking this book, though I had trouble getting into it for the first quarter or so. The story is told from 3 POVs: Amy (in past tense), who we know has died in a suspicious drowning accident; Leah, Amy’s aunt who is grieving and looking for answers; and Joanna, a young woman who initially is seemingly unrelated to the other storylines and is reeling from a surprise breakup with her long term boyfriend. The storylines eventually converge in a satisfying way. I had a bit of trouble connecting to any of the characters. I felt that much of what happened could have been solved by the characters talking to each other rather than jumping to conclusions. That being said, they (for the most part) grew on me a bit as the book continued. I couldn’t figure out what Joanna’s storyline had to do with anything else but once it was revealed I was surprised that I hadn’t made the connection earlier. I thought the ending of the book was very satisfying. There were a couple red herrings along the way. All of the loose ends were tied up nicely but not in a way that seemed too “happily ever after”. Overall, this was a decent read with a good mystery. I’d give it 3.5 stars. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Thacker

    The Other Guest is about a untimely death of Amy who authorities have written it off as an accidental drowning. Leah sets out to find out the truth about her niece. Then we have Joanne and that’s a whole other story within the book. The 2 main characters had me confused at times and for that reason, I’m only giving it 3 stars. I must’ve missed the link between the 2 women but how did I do that? Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fictionophile

    The two separate story-lines of "The Other Guest" were both compelling in their own right. For several chapters I just couldn't imagine how the stories were connected. The light finally dawned for me at almost the halfway mark. Clever. The twin settings of Derby, England and Lake Garda, Italy were very distinct, so made it easy to discern which story-line you were reading. The characters were vividly portrayed - and sympathetic, so I was invested in their fates. With themes of guilt, familial loya The two separate story-lines of "The Other Guest" were both compelling in their own right. For several chapters I just couldn't imagine how the stories were connected. The light finally dawned for me at almost the halfway mark. Clever. The twin settings of Derby, England and Lake Garda, Italy were very distinct, so made it easy to discern which story-line you were reading. The characters were vividly portrayed - and sympathetic, so I was invested in their fates. With themes of guilt, familial loyalty, megalomania, and keeping up appearances, this novel is ingeniously plotted and I was absolutely immersed throughout the entire book. The ending chapters were suspenseful and riveting. Highly, highly, recommended to those readers who enjoy intelligently plotted thrillers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    The synopsis describes this book as a cat and mouse game. I didn't get that vibe at all from reading this, mostly because it was such a slow burn. While I tend to enjoy a slow burn, this was so slow it became tedious. The characterization was decent, but there was no action until the 60% mark. That's just too long to wait for suspense. By that point, I had mentally checked out of this book and didn't care anymore. After the action did start, I didn't find any of to be satisfying and the conclusi The synopsis describes this book as a cat and mouse game. I didn't get that vibe at all from reading this, mostly because it was such a slow burn. While I tend to enjoy a slow burn, this was so slow it became tedious. The characterization was decent, but there was no action until the 60% mark. That's just too long to wait for suspense. By that point, I had mentally checked out of this book and didn't care anymore. After the action did start, I didn't find any of to be satisfying and the conclusion wasn't worth the long build up IMO. Unfortunately this book lacked all the things that made Helen Cooper's previous book The Downstairs Neighbor great and memorable, and I'm bummed about it. That being said, there were still certain aspects of the story I liked. The characterization was very well-rounded and the characters did show a lot of personal growth throughout the course of the story. The main star of the show, though, was Il Mandrino itself. The luxury resort, the employees, the family running it-It all had a creepy Stepford Wives vibe to it that I really enjoyed. I wish that aspect had been fleshed out more and made to be even more ominous. Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Helen Cooper follows up her debut novel, THE DOWNSTAIRS NEIGHBOR, with THE OTHER GUEST, a twisty thriller composed of three parallel storylines. The first introduces readers to Joanna Greenfield, the Head of Counseling Services at the University of Derby in England. She lives with her cat and is recovering from her breakup with Luke, who she had been with for 16 years. It isn’t long before she meets Callum Foley, a bartender, and they go on a first date. Then, out of the blue, Joanna receives a ph Helen Cooper follows up her debut novel, THE DOWNSTAIRS NEIGHBOR, with THE OTHER GUEST, a twisty thriller composed of three parallel storylines. The first introduces readers to Joanna Greenfield, the Head of Counseling Services at the University of Derby in England. She lives with her cat and is recovering from her breakup with Luke, who she had been with for 16 years. It isn’t long before she meets Callum Foley, a bartender, and they go on a first date. Then, out of the blue, Joanna receives a phone call from the hospital telling her that Callum listed her as his emergency contact. In a state of confusion, she rushes to his bedside in the middle of the night. Joanna feels out of place and guilty sitting next to Callum as he regains consciousness from being hit by a car. She has been dealing with the attempted suicide of a student who attends her school and has flashbacks to the meetings she conducted with the young man’s father. Sitting in a hospital ICU does not help her anxiety attacks. When Callum is upgraded to stable condition, the doctor insists that if he wants to be released from the hospital, it must be to a place where he has help. Joanna feels compelled, out of compassion and the guilt that haunts her, to open her home to him. He accepts. When they talk, Callum is cagey with his answers to her questions. Joanna is certain that he’s lying and trying to avoid talking about himself. What is he hiding, and can she keep his presence in her house a secret? Joanna works with Luke’s sister, Mandy, who is always trying to get them back together. This keeps Joanna on edge and constantly on the defensive. More than a relationship breakup, they canceled their wedding, and Luke is already dating someone else. She bumps into him from time to time and is always uncomfortable in his presence. So when she receives a text from him asking if they can talk, her anxiety level soars. The second storyline is set in Lake Garda, Italy, and deals with the death of 21-year-old Amy Wynne, who drives the third storyline. Amy drowned in the lake where her family owns an exclusive resort, known to the very rich as Il Mandarino Luxury Holiday Village. Her loved ones facilitate having her death certified as an accident, despite some abnormalities that don’t quite add up to this conclusion. Leah Hannell, a London attorney who was very close to her niece, buries Amy and decides to return to the pristine resort. When she arrives, she notices that Amy’s photographs are no longer on display. Her sister, brother-in-law and surviving niece, Olivia, never mention Amy anymore, acting as if she never existed. What could they be hiding? The chapters that belong to Amy give readers a glimpse into her personality and her final thoughts. They are short and to the point, painting a picture of a young, unhappy woman who calls a dear friend on the night she died to say goodbye. Francesca is in a tizzy about this, so she tracks down Leah to let her know about texts she received from Amy. The shadow of suicide creeps slowly into the mystery, but none of this is making any sense to Leah. As the narrative unfolds, readers are completely drawn to the parallel stories. Laced with secrets and lies, THE OTHER GUEST is a potpourri of tension, red herrings and clues to please anyone’s appetite for the suspense of a well-plotted mystery novel. The connection between Joanna and Leah comes late in the story, but it’s a welcome surprise. The prose is finely honed, and the characters are fully formed. Each one is given a healthy inner life, as a well as interesting and gripping outer experiences. Readers will find themselves immersed in the plot and will be eager to find the answers to the mysteries that arise. Reviewed by Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Against the backdrop of an Italian luxury resort, twenty-one-year-old Amy, daughter of the resort's owners, dies. A police inquiry decides her fate: it was an accidental downing, brought on by a storm. But Leah, her aunt, feels something's amiss, and when she leaves England to visit her family at the Il Mandarino resort, she finds that her sister, brother-in-law, and surviving niece are acting strangely. It's like Amy never existed, or at least they're moving on with life as though their daughte Against the backdrop of an Italian luxury resort, twenty-one-year-old Amy, daughter of the resort's owners, dies. A police inquiry decides her fate: it was an accidental downing, brought on by a storm. But Leah, her aunt, feels something's amiss, and when she leaves England to visit her family at the Il Mandarino resort, she finds that her sister, brother-in-law, and surviving niece are acting strangely. It's like Amy never existed, or at least they're moving on with life as though their daughter and sister didn't meet a terrible fate. But Leah's not buying it, and is determined to uncover what happened to Amy that night, even if it means putting everyone in danger. Meanwhile, back in England, Joanna is reeling from a sudden breakup when she meets Callum, a handsome bartender. But when Callum is seriously injured in a brutal hit and run, Joanna starts to uncover clues that tell her that Callum might be anything other than her knight in shining armor. I found Helen Cooper's (The Downstairs Neighbor) second novel to be a captivating read. It reads a little slower than I usually like in a thriller, and at first it's hard to see how Leah's and Joanna's seemingly disjointed narratives fit together (though I enjoyed trying to figure it out), but I thought it worked nicely as family drama. So if you're more into the slow burn and the act of investigation afterwards (though there is a sense of menace at times), this is something you'd want to check out. Special thanks to Penguin/Putnam, for giving me an opportunity to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for a review through NetGalley.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Val Wheeler

    A big thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for the opportunity to read and review this book. I haven't read a book by Helen Cooper before so had no expectations. However, having read the blurb, was very interested to give this book a try, as seemed right up my street and was really glad I did. Superb psychological thriller Great characters, great location, great writing, and clearly a great author. Am sure this book will do really well and an author I would definitely look to read more of. A super sum A big thank you to Hodder & Stoughton for the opportunity to read and review this book. I haven't read a book by Helen Cooper before so had no expectations. However, having read the blurb, was very interested to give this book a try, as seemed right up my street and was really glad I did. Superb psychological thriller Great characters, great location, great writing, and clearly a great author. Am sure this book will do really well and an author I would definitely look to read more of. A super summer read!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I was SOOOOOOOOOOO looking forward to this book but the story was rather disappointing. Very slow moving and an overall lackluster plot. I could easily have skipped this one and not been sorry. The cover is amazing and was 100% the reason I picked this one up. Sadly a miss for me. Much thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early digital copy in exchange for my honest review!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    On the shores of Lake Garda, Leah is visiting her sister and family who own a luxurious resort. Leah’s twenty-one-year-old niece, Amy, mysteriously drowned there twelve months ago and Leah has gone there to dig into events then. Meanwhile, in Derby, England, Joanna is struggling following a break-up with her boyfriend. Not wishing to be alone one evening she goes out a meets a barman named Callum. Initially, the two women, Leah and Joanna don't seem to have a connection but ultimately they get i On the shores of Lake Garda, Leah is visiting her sister and family who own a luxurious resort. Leah’s twenty-one-year-old niece, Amy, mysteriously drowned there twelve months ago and Leah has gone there to dig into events then. Meanwhile, in Derby, England, Joanna is struggling following a break-up with her boyfriend. Not wishing to be alone one evening she goes out a meets a barman named Callum. Initially, the two women, Leah and Joanna don't seem to have a connection but ultimately they get into dangerous situations thereby revealing their link. The story has plenty of twists to keep your interest. I could not anticipate the denouement and I really enjoyed it. Helen Cooper's writing displays skill and I would be happy to read her future work. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Hodder & Stoughton via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Debby*BabyDee

    Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. Rating: 3 Stars Publication Date: July 26, 2022 Number of Pages: 384 "The Other Guest” is a first time read by Helen Cooper, new author to this reader. The story is told from three point of views and the author did a nice job with building up the suspense and twists that would keep you interested in the story. Although I had to get used to some of the characters…some unlikeab Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Group Putnam for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. All opinions are my own. Rating: 3 Stars Publication Date: July 26, 2022 Number of Pages: 384 "The Other Guest” is a first time read by Helen Cooper, new author to this reader. The story is told from three point of views and the author did a nice job with building up the suspense and twists that would keep you interested in the story. Although I had to get used to some of the characters…some unlikeable, did not retract from the intrigue and the stunning ending of this novel. The story has much suspense, action and twists that makes for a good mystery read but it also was bit slow going until about a quarter way into the read. Conclusion…I enjoyed this and eventually the characters and ended up reading this in one sitting. Recommend reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Feehley

    I loved the way the other told the story from so many different POV! It keeps you engaged seeing things through so many different eyes but not knowing are they were connected is what keeps you from being able to put the book down. Thank you Netgalley, the author and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for my review!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I have a little confession to make- yes yet another one. Although I have Helen’s first book, ‘The Downstairs Neighbour’, on my ever increasing ‘to be read’ mountain, I haven’t actually read it yet. I know – what a mistake to make. I read the synopsis for ‘The Other Guest’ and it certainly sounded like just my sort of read- a psychological thriller with a twist or several. Well it was certainly that and so much more. I did enjoy reading ‘The Other Guest’ but more about that in a bit. I have to adm I have a little confession to make- yes yet another one. Although I have Helen’s first book, ‘The Downstairs Neighbour’, on my ever increasing ‘to be read’ mountain, I haven’t actually read it yet. I know – what a mistake to make. I read the synopsis for ‘The Other Guest’ and it certainly sounded like just my sort of read- a psychological thriller with a twist or several. Well it was certainly that and so much more. I did enjoy reading ‘The Other Guest’ but more about that in a bit. I have to admit that it took me a while to get into ‘The Other Guest’. There were a lot of characters introduced at the same time and I couldn’t possibly see how they were linked. However as the story went on, the characters developed a bit more and I began to suspect how the different characters were linked. Once I got into ‘The Other Guest’, that was it and I was away as the saying goes. This wasn’t one of those books that I could read in one long reading binge but I did manage to finish the book over the course of a few days. The more of the book I read,, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages seemed to turn. All too quickly I reached the end of ‘The Other Guest’. I found ‘The Other Guest’ to be an intriguing, tense and dramatic read, which certainly kept me guessing. ‘The Other Guest’ is well written. The author certainly knows how to grab the reader’s attention and draw them into what proved to be a compelling story. This was a slow burn type of read, which suits the story that Helen is telling. As the story continues, the level of tension and the pace of the story gain momentum before a tense and dramatic conclusion. Reading this book felt like being on an at times scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way. I did like the way in which Helen made the reader feel as though they are actually part of the story and at the heart of the action. In short and overall I did enjoy reading ‘The Other Guest’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I will certainly be reading more of Helen’s work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 4* out of 5*.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    It was OK and I would give it 2.5 stars. I usually enjoy books where the POV alternates between characters, but not this one. I didn't love any of the characters and never connected with any of them. Amy and Olivia's family was dreadful. The family and resort just seemed so fake. I felt like the ending was a let down. The reason for Amy's death wasn't what I expected. Amy was a captive on her family's resort, she wasn't allowed to do anything but work there. I knew Joanna and Callum had to be in It was OK and I would give it 2.5 stars. I usually enjoy books where the POV alternates between characters, but not this one. I didn't love any of the characters and never connected with any of them. Amy and Olivia's family was dreadful. The family and resort just seemed so fake. I felt like the ending was a let down. The reason for Amy's death wasn't what I expected. Amy was a captive on her family's resort, she wasn't allowed to do anything but work there. I knew Joanna and Callum had to be involved somehow in Amy's story. It wasn't hard to figure out who Callum had to be, I was just shocked that Joanna let a complete stranger move into her house. Definitely give the book a try, it just wasn't for me. I loved the cover of the book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from PENGUIN GROUP Putnam through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    bookishcharli

    Okay I loved this one. The book and writing kept me thoroughly engaged from start to finish, and it had multiple POVs which we all know I’m VERY fond of. I’ve been on a bit of a thriller kick lately (I oscillate between thriller and fantasy the most..) and this one didn’t disappoint – you could even say that I was THRILLED with it. Okay sorry. No one needed that. After making me work as a detective trying to figure out what was going on at each turn, that ending was the perfect conclusion. Read Okay I loved this one. The book and writing kept me thoroughly engaged from start to finish, and it had multiple POVs which we all know I’m VERY fond of. I’ve been on a bit of a thriller kick lately (I oscillate between thriller and fantasy the most..) and this one didn’t disappoint – you could even say that I was THRILLED with it. Okay sorry. No one needed that. After making me work as a detective trying to figure out what was going on at each turn, that ending was the perfect conclusion. Read this book. Read it now. Thank you so much to Hodder & Stoughton for sending me a proof of this magnificent book. Out now!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Renita D'Silva

    Wonderful

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Feinbaum

    absolutely loved this thriller by helen cooper! it kept me engaged the whole time, told from two completely different people i couldn’t figure out how they were connected and i couldn’t put the book down until i found out! even when i thought i predicted something there were so many twists i never would have guessed! definitely recommend this murder mystery with a twist! thank you net galley for this gifted copy! this book is out 6/26/22!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    After a shocking death in a luxurious Italian resort, two very different women take it upon themselves to attempt to cover the lies. Leah’s niece Amy drowned in a lake and Leah has finally returned to her sister’s beautiful home in Lake Garda to deal with her grief. Though what she finds on arrival shocks her. Her sister, brother in law and surviving Bruce seem to have removed all traces of Amy and are determined to uphold the police finding of accidental drowning. Yet Leah believes there’s more After a shocking death in a luxurious Italian resort, two very different women take it upon themselves to attempt to cover the lies. Leah’s niece Amy drowned in a lake and Leah has finally returned to her sister’s beautiful home in Lake Garda to deal with her grief. Though what she finds on arrival shocks her. Her sister, brother in law and surviving Bruce seem to have removed all traces of Amy and are determined to uphold the police finding of accidental drowning. Yet Leah believes there’s more to this than she’s being told. Meanwhile in Derby Joanna had her own problems. Recovering from a recent breakup, she’s swept off her feet by a barman but soon realises their meeting may not just be coincidence as she discovers he is on the run from something in his past. I enjoyed this book, it was a bit of a slow burner at first but as the plot unfolded it kept my attention. I would rate this book 3.5 stars. Thank you to NetGalley, Hodder and Stoughton and the author for the chance to review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    The Cookster

    Rating: 2.3/5 I much admired Helen Cooper's debut novel, "The Downstairs Neighbour", which I felt was a well-crafted, suspenseful thriller. Consequently, I was eagerly anticipating this author's next book. Unfortunately, although "The Other Guest" has its moments, it is disappointing by comparison. One year earlier 21 year old Amy died at her family's luxurious holiday resort in northern Italy in circumstances that were never fully explained at the time. The narrative for this story is primarily p Rating: 2.3/5 I much admired Helen Cooper's debut novel, "The Downstairs Neighbour", which I felt was a well-crafted, suspenseful thriller. Consequently, I was eagerly anticipating this author's next book. Unfortunately, although "The Other Guest" has its moments, it is disappointing by comparison. One year earlier 21 year old Amy died at her family's luxurious holiday resort in northern Italy in circumstances that were never fully explained at the time. The narrative for this story is primarily provided from the viewpoints of Amy's auntie, Leah, in Italy and of Joanna, a seemingly totally unconnected individual in Derby, England. These two accounts both take place in the current time-frame, while there is also a third point of view, written in the first person, from Amy at the point immediately prior to her death. One of the things that struck me about Helen Cooper's debut novel was that there was no slow burn. This second book is very, very different in that respect. There is a long, protracted set-up and it isn't until the 60-65% mark that events start to gel and the pace begins to gather momentum. This long build-up in itself is not necessarily an issue. I have read other novels where the author has taken a similar approach, but where it has worked well, held my attention and gradually drawn me into the evolving storyline. However, in this instance, it is less successful. The story really took a long time to hook me and draw me in - in fact, I am not sure that it ever really did. As a reader, you know that the two threads of the apparently unconnected accounts of Leah and Joanna are going to fit together at some point, because that is just how these things work - but it all seemed a little clumsy. Some of the events and developments, particularly those involving Joanna, struck me as more than a touch contrived. Readers who don't like loose ends will potentially appreciate the author tying the strands together in the closing stages, but even this aspect left me feeling less than satisfied. Some other early reviewers have posted positively about this book, but for me it was really no more than okay and something of a let-down after the author's impressive debut. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for supplying an ARC in return for an honest review.

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