THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
‘Immensely gripping…Stayed up till past 2am to finish this’ Sophie Hannah
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.
Praise for The Dinner Guest:
‘Could not put this book down, kept me guessing the entire way. Wow! A triumph from B P Walter’ Susan Lewis, bestselling author of Forgive Me
‘I couldn't put this down. Suspenseful and well crafted, this is twisty, addictive reading to add to your list’ Debbie Howells, bestselling author of The Vow and Richard and Judy Book Club pick The Bones of You
‘So many secrets and lies and such a compelling story; I had NO idea how this one was going to end, only that I couldn’t stop reading it until I found out’ Jackie Kabler, bestselling author of The Perfect Couple
‘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, bestselling 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, bestselling author of The Perfect Couple
About the author
B P Walter was born and raised in Essex. After spending his childhood and teenage years reading compulsively, he worked in bookshops then went to the University of Southampton to study Film and English followed by an MA in Film & Cultural Management. He is an alumni of the Faber Academy and currently works in social media coordination for Waterstones in London.
4.5 rounded up
Welcome to dinner. This is one meal you don’t want to miss, or maybe you do once you see the menu.
Two fathers, a son and a friend (of sorts) arrive at the dinner table. One of them expires before dessert is served, cold of course.
This is an excellent and delicious mystery with so many secrets. And we all know that secrets are truths just waiting to bubble up to the surface so that they are fully visible. They never stay hidden.
I really thought I had things figured out, more than once, but I didn’t. And even once some truths come out there are more.
I’m not going to spoil your appetite by telling you anything more. You’ll need to sample it on your own like I did. I was completely immersed from the beginning chapters. The author has done a wonderful job in moving all the pieces into a perfect and precise puzzle.
The Dinner Guest
Though. Read it to the end, I dislike books that jump from one character to another ( in first person) to try to explain their perspective and books that jump from past to present and vice versa. I find that difficult to follow. Also found too similar thought processes in different characters. The jumps in time and characters seemed to be used in an artificial manner to create confusion as to the killer. It did not.