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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, whil 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. Agatha Christie 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.


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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, whil 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. Agatha Christie 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.

30 review for The Dinner Guest

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Honey! Guess who is coming to dinner? Hey, why don’t you answer me! Oh my gosh, honey why the hell you’re bleeding! No pulse! Well, more food for three! The dinner is planned to be served to table of four ! One is down! Three of them left as murder suspects! Matthew is good father is stabbed to death! The charming, instagram phenomenon Charlie, devoted husband , Rachel is the stranger with full secrets, Titus looks like perfect son are three murder suspects! Who could have stabbed Matthew? Wel Honey! Guess who is coming to dinner? Hey, why don’t you answer me! Oh my gosh, honey why the hell you’re bleeding! No pulse! Well, more food for three! The dinner is planned to be served to table of four ! One is down! Three of them left as murder suspects! Matthew is good father is stabbed to death! The charming, instagram phenomenon Charlie, devoted husband , Rachel is the stranger with full secrets, Titus looks like perfect son are three murder suspects! Who could have stabbed Matthew? Well, our vote for killer is Rachel! And she already confessed! So case is closed! No! Why not! Because dear Charlie blurted out at the first pages that she’s innocent! So who killed Matthew? The perfect husband or perfect son? Or there’s fifth person at the kitchen? And why the hell Rachel confessed the murder she didn’t commit! Buckle up for the wildest, mind blowing, high tension, psychological thriller! We have two narrators: Charlie and Rachel! When we read Charlie’s POV: we may find at least 10 million reasons to hate him: he’s selfish, narcissistic, spoiled, privileged, pretentious, know it all, jealous, irritating, restless human being who gets on our nerves! Another punchable, very dislikable character we love to see in pain, groveling! He gets suspicious since the first time she meets Rachel at the bookstore and then she bumps into her at the same day with his husband Matthew! And worst part is not seeing a woman at different places in a few hours. His husband invited him to his book club! A very secluded club with its privileged, a little older members: a famous movie star, his daughter in law and Charlie’s godmother. Charlie joins the book club gathering at the first time and catching Rachel snooping around their bedroom increases his suspicions about her! And other week, Rachel saves Titus from muggers! What a coincidence! She was in the right place at the exactly very right time! Charlie’s suspicions grows as Rachel slowly involves into their lives. But everybody seems like pleased with her involvement even though she’s coming from lower class, rejecting to talk about her past, she perfectly adjusts in their social circle and activities! But I have to admit Charlie is right. Rachel keeps heart wrenching secrets and she acts so weird around Titus, watching out his each move like a hawk. Why she is obsessed with the family? So many questions, so many secrets, so many lies! Get ready to expect the unexpected! This unputdownable, addictive, mind blowing thriller makes you sweat, sit at the edge, tingle your nerves! It’s truly agitating but you can not stop reading because it’s so exciting, surprising, twisty! Especially the last third of the book: it turns into wilder ride, things get messier, crazier! I hope your heart can handle this whirlwind adrenaline rush! But I’m telling you my friends it’s truly worth it! It’s not only one of the best psychological thriller about betrayal, addiction, anger management, revenge, it is also objective criticism of class differences and the prejudiced observations of privileged people about the lower classes! I’m giving my five suspicious, smart, juicy, engrossing, addictive, heart pounding stars! Definitely one of the best books of the year I truly recommend! Special thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK/ One More Chapter for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jayme

    DINNER HAS BEEN SERVED-and it was DELICIOUS! THE APPETIZER: Four people were at dinner that night. Charlie and his husband, Matthew Their son, Titus And, their new acquaintance and newest book club member, Rachel. Charlie never wanted her to be invited. But, Matthew won’t survive and as Charlie stands over the body, while Titus sits in shock at the dinner table, Rachel with the bloody knife in her hand, dials 999. THE MAIN COURSE: I don’t share more than the book blurb, and for once this one is vague DINNER HAS BEEN SERVED-and it was DELICIOUS! THE APPETIZER: Four people were at dinner that night. Charlie and his husband, Matthew Their son, Titus And, their new acquaintance and newest book club member, Rachel. Charlie never wanted her to be invited. But, Matthew won’t survive and as Charlie stands over the body, while Titus sits in shock at the dinner table, Rachel with the bloody knife in her hand, dials 999. THE MAIN COURSE: I don’t share more than the book blurb, and for once this one is vague, allowing you to dive in blind! WHICH YOU SHOULD DO!! What I will say, is that this book was VERY SUSPENSEFUL, and I was completely STUMPED well past the 50% point! More Questions than Answers for MOST of the book! THE DESSERT: The ending is a bit ambiguous and a little INDULGENT as are most desserts! It’s also very ENJOYABLE! Isn’t that why we partake in good meals and good books? 4.5 ⭐️ (Only one unanswered question had me deduct .5) Thank you to the publisher, ONE MORE CHAPTER, for providing a gifted copy through NetGalley. It was my pleasure to provide a candid review! NOW AVAILABLE! 💕

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael David

    HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!! This is one dinner you will not want to miss. Four people walked into the dining room that night. One would never leave. The four people are Charlie, his husband Matthew, their son Titus, and Rachel. Rachel is not a part of the family. Charlie and Matthew met her less than a year ago, and she was invited to Matthew’s book club. What leads up to Rachel calling the police with the bloody knife still in her hand, while Matthew’s dead body sits at the dining room table? The less HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!! This is one dinner you will not want to miss. Four people walked into the dining room that night. One would never leave. The four people are Charlie, his husband Matthew, their son Titus, and Rachel. Rachel is not a part of the family. Charlie and Matthew met her less than a year ago, and she was invited to Matthew’s book club. What leads up to Rachel calling the police with the bloody knife still in her hand, while Matthew’s dead body sits at the dining room table? The less said, the better. Buckle up, because this is one enjoyable ride! I thought I had everything figured out early on, and was preparing myself for disappointment. However, although I guessed a few minor things, there are revelations that completely caught me off guard. I love when a book engrosses me and keeps me on my toes, and that is exactly what this one did. If you like well-plotted tales with tantalizing secrets and a wickedly satisfying ending, check this one out. 4.5 stars. This book will be published: 5/27/21. Thank you to HarperCollins UK/One More Chapter and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review also posted at: https://bonkersforthebooks.wordpress.com

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    3.75* An engaging thriller that will keep you guessing till the end. One happy family. Charlie and Matthew happily married raising their teenage son Titus. All is well until Rachel inserts herself into their lives. Instantly Charlie is on edge knowing there is more to Rachel than meets the eye. Told from multiple perspectives and timelines the pages flew by as the mystery built up and ultimately unfolded. You may think you have this one figured out… but not so fast my friend! B.P. Walter has added s 3.75* An engaging thriller that will keep you guessing till the end. One happy family. Charlie and Matthew happily married raising their teenage son Titus. All is well until Rachel inserts herself into their lives. Instantly Charlie is on edge knowing there is more to Rachel than meets the eye. Told from multiple perspectives and timelines the pages flew by as the mystery built up and ultimately unfolded. You may think you have this one figured out… but not so fast my friend! B.P. Walter has added some fabulous twists. Looking forward to reading more from this author. Posted to: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend... Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter for an ARC to read and review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Virginie

    Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint why we disliked a book... I struggled so much to read this one! Sure, I was wondering how everything would be tied up, but I didn't feel the tension (nor anything, actually) and was bored from the beginning to the (mediocre/far-fetched) ending. I'm really happy it was a winner for plenty of my GR friends! Please, read their reviews before deciding to add this book to your TBR or not. Many thanks to HarperCollins/One More Chapter and Netgalley for the gifted cop Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint why we disliked a book... I struggled so much to read this one! Sure, I was wondering how everything would be tied up, but I didn't feel the tension (nor anything, actually) and was bored from the beginning to the (mediocre/far-fetched) ending. I'm really happy it was a winner for plenty of my GR friends! Please, read their reviews before deciding to add this book to your TBR or not. Many thanks to HarperCollins/One More Chapter and Netgalley for the gifted copy.📚

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kat (Books are Comfort Food)

    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 on 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodward

    **Many thanks to NetGalley, HarperCollins UK/One More Chapter, and B.P. Walter for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 4.1.21!** Whatever you do, even if you think your plate is already overflowing, save room for this absolutely juicy thriller which would put even the most sizzling piece of steak to shame! Charlie and Matt are married, co-parenting teenaged son Titus who they are raising as their own, when Matthew decides to bring in book club newbie Rachel to share a meal. She has slowly bee **Many thanks to NetGalley, HarperCollins UK/One More Chapter, and B.P. Walter for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 4.1.21!** Whatever you do, even if you think your plate is already overflowing, save room for this absolutely juicy thriller which would put even the most sizzling piece of steak to shame! Charlie and Matt are married, co-parenting teenaged son Titus who they are raising as their own, when Matthew decides to bring in book club newbie Rachel to share a meal. She has slowly been creeping further and further into their little world...but why? And when Matt is viciously murdered at dinner, WHY is she so quick to make the 999 call to confess to cold-blooded murder? Trust me, this is all the setup you'll need to dive headfirst into this shocking and suspenseful tale, replete with everything from underhanded characters, dual timelines which slowly divulge details at the perfect pace to keep the reader guessing, devastating secrets aplenty, and an absolute knockout ending! I'll be honest, I thought I had this story figured out at about 25%...and I was COMPLETELY wrong. Luckily, I think this says less for my shoddy detective skills and more for the absolute talent of BP Walter to baffle and confuse his reader! When it comes to thrillers, I almost enjoy being wrong more than being right, and the hits don't stop coming until the very last chapter. I also love a thriller that leaves the story a little bit open-ended, because whether the author pens a sequel or not, it's always fun to speculate the next steps for our characters....the ones still ALIVE, of course! This is one thriller that will leave you ravenous for more...and I'm already waiting for B.P. Walter's next book! (and maybe a fabulous piece of devil's food cake to go along with it!) 🎂 4 ⭐

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Walsh

    This was a character-driven domestic thriller with a gripping plot and edge-of-your-seat suspense. I found it fast-paced and well-plotted. I did not find the well-drawn, memorable characters remotely likeable, but they held my interest. Many twists in the fast-paced plot contain devious, deceptive people, lies, illicit sex and adultery, drugs, blackmail, snobbery, and teenaged rebellion. The story begins with a family dinner. Charlie and his husband Matthew sit down with their 15-year-old son, T This was a character-driven domestic thriller with a gripping plot and edge-of-your-seat suspense. I found it fast-paced and well-plotted. I did not find the well-drawn, memorable characters remotely likeable, but they held my interest. Many twists in the fast-paced plot contain devious, deceptive people, lies, illicit sex and adultery, drugs, blackmail, snobbery, and teenaged rebellion. The story begins with a family dinner. Charlie and his husband Matthew sit down with their 15-year-old son, Titus. An uninvited guest, Rachel, joins them. Soon, Matthew is stabbed to death in his seat at the dinner table. Rachel, holding the bloody knife, promptly calls the police and confesses to the murder. What could her motive be? They appeared to friends to be a happy family. Both Charlie and Matthew were devoted to Matthew's adopted teenaged son, Titus. A chance encounter with a stranger, Rachel, in a bookstore leads to turmoil and trouble. Matthew invites Rachel to his book club, attended by wealthy people from old school money. Charlie feels very uneasy about this, although he has never attended the meetings, and makes it clear to Matthew that the invitation is a mistake. Matthew, Charlie and their friends lead privileged upper-class lives in London society. This is a world unfamiliar to Rachel. She works at low-paid menial jobs and lives in a shabby apartment. She quickly inserts herself into the lives of the family. At her first book club meeting, Charlie's suspicions about Rachel seem to be confirmed. He finds her snooping in their bedroom. She seems to be taking too much interest in Titus. She breaks up a mob menacing Titus in a different part of the city. Charlie believes she was following their son, but Matthew passes it off as a mere coincidence. Rachel leaves her job to work as an assistant to a wealthy book club woman and is soon leading a lavish lifestyle. This menacing, well-constructed plot moves back and forth in time, before and after the murder. The timelines are never confusing. The chapters are narrated from the perspective of Charlie and Rachel but are their words reliable? As it delves deeper into the characters' backgrounds, the twists and revelations kept me riveted to the pages. Charlie hints that Rachel, now in prison, might not be guilty. If so, why did she confess and what really happened? This was my first book by B P Walter and left me wanting to read more of the author's novels. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this intriguing book. Recommended to readers who like a tantalizing domestic thriller.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Avani ✨

    The Dinner Guest by B. P. Walter is an LGBTQ+ mystery, thriller novel which has 4 people having dinner one evening and one would never leave the place. Matthew: the perfect husband. Titus: the perfect son. Charlie: the perfect illusion. Rachel: the perfect stranger. The starting of the book is very slow and flat. Rachel is the newest member of the Book Club and Charlie never liked her to join it. But as we get into the book is story is very suspenseful as well as full of secrets, which rip off li The Dinner Guest by B. P. Walter is an LGBTQ+ mystery, thriller novel which has 4 people having dinner one evening and one would never leave the place. Matthew: the perfect husband. Titus: the perfect son. Charlie: the perfect illusion. Rachel: the perfect stranger. The starting of the book is very slow and flat. Rachel is the newest member of the Book Club and Charlie never liked her to join it. But as we get into the book is story is very suspenseful as well as full of secrets, which rip off like an orange peeling slowly and steadily, one at a time. I prefer going completely blind when it comes to Thriller / Mystery novels, and this one did not disappoint as well. It was a very cozy thriller which you would love with a hot cuppa. The book is from Charlie and Rachel's POV. Charlie's POV was much better than Rachel. But Rachel confessed the murder she didn’t commit, why? Although, the book has some minor flatlines here and there. the twists and turns definitely made me want to read and never stop until the end. The story is gripping and also a lot about domestic lifestyle and house of two men and an adopted teenager, who isn't 10 anymore. Definitely pick this up!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Charlie and Matthew Allerton-Jones are a gay married couple raising their son Titus, who's fifteen-years-old. Until recently, things seemed fine in the Allerton-Jones household, which has the advantage of close ties with Charlie's parents and his godmother Meryl. Then Matthew is stabbed to death at the Allerton-Jones' dinner table, and a young woman named Rachel calls the police and admits to the murder. However, we're immediately told that she didn't do it. To unveil what happened and why, the bo Charlie and Matthew Allerton-Jones are a gay married couple raising their son Titus, who's fifteen-years-old. Until recently, things seemed fine in the Allerton-Jones household, which has the advantage of close ties with Charlie's parents and his godmother Meryl. Then Matthew is stabbed to death at the Allerton-Jones' dinner table, and a young woman named Rachel calls the police and admits to the murder. However, we're immediately told that she didn't do it. To unveil what happened and why, the book skips back and forth between twelve months ago, when Charlie and Matthew met Rachel, to the present. A year ago, Rachel was working in a Yorkshire gardening center and barely making ends meet when she happened to come across Charlie Allerton-Jones' Instagram account. The account - which featured myriad photos of Charlie, Matthew, and Titus - galvanized Rachel, who pulled up stakes, moved to London, and managed to 'accidently' meet Charlie and Matthew. Matthew, who was a friendly sort, invited Rachel to join his book club, which met once a month in the posh home of one of the members. Rachel grew up in difficult circumstances, could only afford an apartment in a rough area of Pimlico, and was unaccustomed to mingling with London's 'elite', but she eagerly accepted the book club invitation. Rachel then proceeded to inveigle herself into the lives of the Allerton-Jones' and their friends. Before long, Rachel was even offered a job by Charlie's godmother Meryl, who seemed to want to give the girl a boost up. Though most people in the book club liked Rachel, something about her made Charlie uncomfortable. Thus Charlie constantly griped to Matthew about the young woman being around. However, Matthew said Charlie was just being a snob, and pooh-poohed his concerns. As the story unfolds we learn why Rachel was drawn to the Allerton-Jones', her clandestine back story, and the secrets other people are keeping. Towards the latter part of the book, we discover why Matthew was stabbed, the identity of the killer, and what happens after the homicide. Meanwhile, Charlie's father - who's a 'fixer' for the rich and powerful - tries to make sure his son and grandson are absolved of any blame. The book is character driven, and the protagonists all have personality flaws. Matthew is sneaky and evasive; Charlie is naïve and willfully blind; Titus is irresponsible and rebellious; and Rachel has all sorts of troubles. The big reveal and its aftermath aren't quite credible to me. I also have trouble believing how lightning fast Rachel ascended in society under the auspices of Charlie's godmother. I simply don't think this would happen in real life. Thus, the book is only so-so for me. Thanks to Netgalley, B.P. Walter, and HarperCollins Publishers for a copy of the book. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot.com

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bridgett

    Four people walked into the dining room that night. One would never leave. This is one of those books where the less you know going in, the better. Sooo...I'm just going to say this: The Dinner Guest was a pleasant surprise. It was very well plotted, the writing was crisp and clean, and it was extraordinarily engrossing. I read it in two, 2-hour sessions. Major kudos to B.P. Walter. This story gets my seal of approval. Recommended! Available April 1, 2021 My sincere appreciation to NetGalley a Four people walked into the dining room that night. One would never leave. This is one of those books where the less you know going in, the better. Sooo...I'm just going to say this: The Dinner Guest was a pleasant surprise. It was very well plotted, the writing was crisp and clean, and it was extraordinarily engrossing. I read it in two, 2-hour sessions. Major kudos to B.P. Walter. This story gets my seal of approval. Recommended! Available April 1, 2021 My sincere appreciation to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter for my review copy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    3.5 stars Reading the blurb, I thought "well, they just gave away the farm." Literally, we know there is a dinner, we know who was there, we know one would not survive. But there is also a lot we do not know as there is more to these people than meets the eye. It all started with an invite to book club and ended over dinner.... but there is more...so much more. This is one where one really cannot say too much without fear of giving something away. So, what I will say, is that I enjoyed this clever 3.5 stars Reading the blurb, I thought "well, they just gave away the farm." Literally, we know there is a dinner, we know who was there, we know one would not survive. But there is also a lot we do not know as there is more to these people than meets the eye. It all started with an invite to book club and ended over dinner.... but there is more...so much more. This is one where one really cannot say too much without fear of giving something away. So, what I will say, is that I enjoyed this clever tale and its twists and turns along the way. Told thought the POV of two characters, this book proved to be a fast and enjoyable read. This one had me guessing and flipping the pages until the very end. Thank you to Harper Collins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Love B P Walter’s previous book read and loved the excitement surrounding this book and it’s imminent release and was keen to read it It’s a story surrounded in privilege, a bit like Downton/Brideshead and Bridgerton all rolled into one and updated but joking aside it is full to the brim of wealth, excess and SW1 addresses The characters are all vile, in a word, I cant think of a single redeeming feature from any one of them, however the book wouldn’t be as it is intended if there was even a chink Love B P Walter’s previous book read and loved the excitement surrounding this book and it’s imminent release and was keen to read it It’s a story surrounded in privilege, a bit like Downton/Brideshead and Bridgerton all rolled into one and updated but joking aside it is full to the brim of wealth, excess and SW1 addresses The characters are all vile, in a word, I cant think of a single redeeming feature from any one of them, however the book wouldn’t be as it is intended if there was even a chink of decency in one of them, ‘Titus’ as well as having an objectionable name has to be one of the most obnoxious 15 year old’s ever to grace a book The story itself starts spirited and more than intriguing and the author does really well to keep that going for so long, just as it looked like I was going to get answers it proved I wasn’t and off we went again, so much so that maybe ( for me ) it was always set up for a bit of a ‘ooooo ok I see’ when ‘all was revealed’, an amount of repetition then followed until the bitty and underwhelming yet ferociously quick ending, I felt I had invested a lot for it to end so sharply and hoped there would be more Saying all that the writing is good, the build up and tenseness superb and the urge to sneer at all of them overpowering from time to time and think every one of them got what they ultimately deserved 6/10 3 Stars ( parts of it would be a 1 others 5 so 3 covers it )

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Smith

    It opens with a conundrum. Four people sit down for a meal and one of them is stabbed to death, with the one holding the knife confessing to the murder. But did the confessor do it, or was it one of the other two – or is it possible there’s another answer? The tale is told through Charlie’s eyes, he’s the husband of the Matthew, the victim. The other guests at the meal being Titus, Matthew’s fifteen-year-old adopted son, and Rachel, a girl they’d met just recently. The only female in the room is It opens with a conundrum. Four people sit down for a meal and one of them is stabbed to death, with the one holding the knife confessing to the murder. But did the confessor do it, or was it one of the other two – or is it possible there’s another answer? The tale is told through Charlie’s eyes, he’s the husband of the Matthew, the victim. The other guests at the meal being Titus, Matthew’s fifteen-year-old adopted son, and Rachel, a girl they’d met just recently. The only female in the room is the one holding the knife. But early on it’s clear that all is not quite as it seems. When questioned by police, Charlie is evasive and his reaction to the murder is just a little strange. Also, it quickly becomes clear that Titus is a bit of an oddball, and cocksure and impudent to boot. Rachel is a something of an enigma, someone who had simply bumped into the two men at a bookshop and as a result had been invited to a reading group organised by Matthew. Seemingly, she’d subsequently inveigled her way into the family group. As we learn more about the four main protagonists another layer to this mystery opens up: that of class divide. Charlie and Mathew had both grown up with wealth and social status, with their home being situated in a borough of London containing some of the most expensive properties anywhere in the world. Money is not a problem to them – they live high on the hog and take it all for granted. The story of how Titus came to be adopted by Mathew is eked out slowly, as is Rachel’s working class backstory. All this is entertaining in its own right, with some elements being shocking and hilarious in equal measure. But does it get us any closer to understanding what went on that fateful night? The final section contains revelations and twists aplenty and the eventual big reveal is a surprise. Well, sort of. The clues had been spread liberally through the text and I’m sure that some eagle-eyed amateur sleuths will have worked most of it out well before the end (though not me, I have to admit). It’s a well written and skilfully constructed mystery, somewhat in the mode of an Agatha Christie novel, but with a modern makeover. I enjoyed it and would happily seek out more offerings from this author. My thanks to HarperCollins UK, One More Chapter and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    l a u r a ♛

    When the silence became unbearable, I finally spoke. ‘I’ve worked it out. I know what you did.’ 4/5 :) A stranger at the table. A dinner that ends in death. Can you guess The Dinner Guest?     complete quotes collection! This was told in separate first person POV from Charlie’s and Rachel's perspective. It switched between the past and present as we slowly learn the truth about everything. The Dinner Guest would have been at least 4.75/5 but that ending left me quite unsatisfied. I would have lo When the silence became unbearable, I finally spoke. ‘I’ve worked it out. I know what you did.’ 4/5 :) A stranger at the table. A dinner that ends in death. Can you guess The Dinner Guest?     complete quotes collection! This was told in separate first person POV from Charlie’s and Rachel's perspective. It switched between the past and present as we slowly learn the truth about everything. The Dinner Guest would have been at least 4.75/5 but that ending left me quite unsatisfied. I would have loved to know how their lives had turned out and what decisions they made. Unfortunately, the ending dropped it to a 4… it was vague and questions were left unanswered. It was mysterious indeed, but not in a way I would have liked. Instead it felt like it was a book left unfinished. The gay representation was done really well in my opinion and I loved the plot; It was unique and there were twists in unexpected places. I was a little confused in the beginning but as I read on, things became more obvious. 【Overall, an amazing story with a thrilling plot and interesting characters. Will definitely recommend to thriller and mystery lovers but there were some pretty explicit scenes and language not everyone will be able to read about, but this is an adult book so that’s pretty self explanatory.】 03/05/21   ~~random thoughts that nobody asked for~~        ~the characters~ wow, I never knew Pippa was such a popular name… I thought Titus was a good kid but it turns out he’s just a ✨fckboi✨ and I didn’t really care about him. I still don’t really know what Rachel’s full intentions are… hmmm… mixed feelings about her. Charlie can be slow sometimes but I don’t blame him. And Matthew… is playing victim? or is he?? *shook* turns out the ‘perfect’ gay couple is not so perfect after all. (great rep though) “I dare say sluttiness runs in the family…” 😳 lmfao wtf Titus- imagine saying that in front of your parents- I can’t- ━━━━━━━━━━━༻༻❁༺༺━━━━━━━━━━━ She looked at Matthew as though he’d just produced a gun. ‘Are you fucking serious? You’ve invited some random woman to join us at our book club? Someone you picked up whilst shopping?’ ahh yes, my thoughts exactly. 03/02/21 ━━━━━━━━━━━༻༻❁༺༺━━━━━━━━━━━ beyond exited to start this dinner ✨party✨

  16. 5 out of 5

    AnnaG

    Thank you to One More Chapter for a free ARC. Dinner Guest starts with the knife sliding home and Matthew bleeding out. From there we go backwards and forwards in time to understand the background, the betrayals and how it all ended up that way. I find it hard with murder mysteries to describe the characters or the plot without giving any spoilers, so instead I'll try to describe it is using other books. In structure it's similar to Erin Kelly's He Said/She Said with the back and forth between d Thank you to One More Chapter for a free ARC. Dinner Guest starts with the knife sliding home and Matthew bleeding out. From there we go backwards and forwards in time to understand the background, the betrayals and how it all ended up that way. I find it hard with murder mysteries to describe the characters or the plot without giving any spoilers, so instead I'll try to describe it is using other books. In structure it's similar to Erin Kelly's He Said/She Said with the back and forth between different times, a focus on the relationships between the main characters and a gradual build up to understand the past ghosts that lie beneath the surface. I also found it quite reminiscent of Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door with characters all lying to each other and none of them being really sure what is happening. Both of those books finish up being Action Thrillers in their final acts, which I didn't enjoy as they seemed to go off the rails; that doesn't happen here. To the end the focus is on unravelling the layers of the mystery, however I think if you liked those books, you'd enjoy this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Bathgate

    Your typical whodunnit novel — some twists and plenty of unlikeable characters. By the time this picked up the pace I’d stopped caring tbh and as a result it all fell a bit flat on me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    The Dinner Guest By BP Walter A fantastic closed room murder mystery that will keep you guessing and wondering "whodunnit". I found this fast paced read fun and intriguing - very Agatha Christie style that leaves a lot of red herring in this fantastic British mystery. I read this along with a group and was it fun to have a great discussion. Fantastic 5 star read for me. The Dinner Guest By BP Walter A fantastic closed room murder mystery that will keep you guessing and wondering "whodunnit". I found this fast paced read fun and intriguing - very Agatha Christie style that leaves a lot of red herring in this fantastic British mystery. I read this along with a group and was it fun to have a great discussion. Fantastic 5 star read for me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melanie’s reads

    How on earth do I write a review of a book that I hated and loved at the same time. Well I guess the best way is to mingle my thoughts on here just like my emotions were while reading it. I hated the characters, all of them. That’s not a criticism as I do love a good baddie and boy were there lots here to choose from. From the shallow, privileged gay couple and their tempestuous spoilt teenager to Rachel the vindictive stalker who infiltrated their lives. They are all users, taking what they want How on earth do I write a review of a book that I hated and loved at the same time. Well I guess the best way is to mingle my thoughts on here just like my emotions were while reading it. I hated the characters, all of them. That’s not a criticism as I do love a good baddie and boy were there lots here to choose from. From the shallow, privileged gay couple and their tempestuous spoilt teenager to Rachel the vindictive stalker who infiltrated their lives. They are all users, taking what they want with no consideration of the consequences. The plot had me in its grip from the moment the victim was revealed and one of the characters confessed to the murder. Surprisingly this happened very early on, so I knew there would be more to this than meets the eye. The pace was slowly drawn, taking its sweet time over the course of a year to reveal everyone’s hidden secrets. Although I guessed the who I did not guess the why and to be honest I would have happily killed all of them for how they behaved. This book felt like a battle of wills between the classes, the sexes and the generations with no winner only losers.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Rating: 4/5 Genre: Thriller This is a dinner that you will NEVER forget. Four people are together one night for dinner, and only three will leave alive. The novel starts off with the murder and makes you question right off the bat, who was the guilty party? Was it the loving husband, the rebellious son, or the twisted stranger? The perspective changes from the husband, Charlie, to the stranger, Rachel, jumping back and forth between the past and the present. You learn about both characters' lives, Rating: 4/5 Genre: Thriller This is a dinner that you will NEVER forget. Four people are together one night for dinner, and only three will leave alive. The novel starts off with the murder and makes you question right off the bat, who was the guilty party? Was it the loving husband, the rebellious son, or the twisted stranger? The perspective changes from the husband, Charlie, to the stranger, Rachel, jumping back and forth between the past and the present. You learn about both characters' lives, and who they are versus who they pretend to be. Charlie is married to Michael, and they both have an adopted son, Titus. Rachel is a stranger to them all, and you have to read to figure out how exactly she plays a role in these mens' lives, and what, if anything, she has to do with them. It took me some time to finally get into the story, but I understood that it needed to be done this way in order to fulfill the goal the author had in mind. You needed to get the background before you could jump into the terror that begins to unwind. It was a fast-paced, quick read once I hit the upward trend toward the climax of the story. I had to know where this would all lead, and what exactly happened!! There are so many twists, of which I was able to guess a few, but not in the exact way they revealed themselves. There were moments where I audibly *GASPED* because I just couldn't believe what I had read. This is definitely a worth-while thriller, and one that you should give a chance! This was my first time reading a B.P Walter novel, and I am definitely impressed! Thank you netgalley & Harper Collins UK for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    Intriguing story. I agree with the other reviewers, this one is best going in blind and not knowing too much about the plot. You know from the beginning that someone is killed and someone takes the blame. What you don't know is--who actually committed the murder (was it a murder?) and why? There are secrets galore, people lying to each other, and very unclear motives for many different things. At certain points I thought I knew what was going on, but I was wrong for most of it! I liked how well Intriguing story. I agree with the other reviewers, this one is best going in blind and not knowing too much about the plot. You know from the beginning that someone is killed and someone takes the blame. What you don't know is--who actually committed the murder (was it a murder?) and why? There are secrets galore, people lying to each other, and very unclear motives for many different things. At certain points I thought I knew what was going on, but I was wrong for most of it! I liked how well the twists unfolded and how deliberately the reader is provided with clues at just the right time. Most of the book is told alternating between Charlie's and Rachel's points of view and we get alternate sides of the same situation in many cases. The only quibble I have about this book is the very end. I thought it went a step too far and I would have liked it to turn out differently. It reminded me of The Couple Next Door when I thought the author should have just left well enough alone at the end. Ending(view spoiler)[ Wasn't a fan of how Titus was acting, holding it all over Charlie's head so he could basically do whatever he wanted. I just wish there was another way of resolving that without involving icky Elena. (hide spoiler)] All in all this is a great twisty suspense novel, recommended. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This is one of those great thrillers that keeps your head spinning continuously! Matthew and Charlie have a son Titus who is fifteen. And they have a new "friend" Rachel who seems to insinuate herself into their lives quickly which makes Charlies suspicious. But during a dinner party, when Rachel confesses to murdering Matthew...well, things get dicey as this happens on the first page! And so begins the tale of secrets, lies, deceptions, adultery, teenage rebellion, and blackmail. What's not to This is one of those great thrillers that keeps your head spinning continuously! Matthew and Charlie have a son Titus who is fifteen. And they have a new "friend" Rachel who seems to insinuate herself into their lives quickly which makes Charlies suspicious. But during a dinner party, when Rachel confesses to murdering Matthew...well, things get dicey as this happens on the first page! And so begins the tale of secrets, lies, deceptions, adultery, teenage rebellion, and blackmail. What's not to love? This book may keep you up all night but it's totally worth every minute as the ending sucker punches you in the gut! Loved it! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Borsey

    I really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. We know from the beginning that Matthew has been murdered and that Rachel has the knife in her hand when she calls the police. We don’t know why Matthew was killed and we aren’t absolutely sure that it was Rachel who did it. This story goes back and forth between before Matthew was murdered and after. This book is very well written and quite addictive. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This was my first book from this author and it definitely won’t be my last. This book was full of twists and an ending that I did not see coming. This book is unique and definitely worth a read. 3.5/ NetGalley advanced copy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5 from me I was kind of ambushed into buying this tbh.. The sales assistant in Waterstones seemed a little frustrated with my indecisiveness (I'd circled the same shelves like 5 times) and recommended it to me... apparently it was selling really well. I thought why not seeing as I needed a weekend book.. It was just that, a weekend book. Easy read and keeps you engaged for long enough but nothing to shout about. I can't say I was shocked at any of the revelations, and I kind of worked some of th 3.5 from me I was kind of ambushed into buying this tbh.. The sales assistant in Waterstones seemed a little frustrated with my indecisiveness (I'd circled the same shelves like 5 times) and recommended it to me... apparently it was selling really well. I thought why not seeing as I needed a weekend book.. It was just that, a weekend book. Easy read and keeps you engaged for long enough but nothing to shout about. I can't say I was shocked at any of the revelations, and I kind of worked some of the plot out myself which isn't great for a thriller. But I went in with minimal expectations so it did what it said on the tin.

  26. 4 out of 5

    CaraDico

    "Thank you to NetGalley, The Publisher and BP Walter for an ARC in exchange for an honest review" Previously reviewed on https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/th... Welcome to dinner at the Allerton-Jones household. Dinner might be delicious, but you probably won’t walk out alive. Charlie and Matthew Allerton-Jones are leading the perfect life. They are popular, wealthy, and handsome, doting on their fifteen-year-old son, Titus. Until Rachel enters their lives, culminating in the murder of Matthew, wi "Thank you to NetGalley, The Publisher and BP Walter for an ARC in exchange for an honest review" Previously reviewed on https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/th... Welcome to dinner at the Allerton-Jones household. Dinner might be delicious, but you probably won’t walk out alive. Charlie and Matthew Allerton-Jones are leading the perfect life. They are popular, wealthy, and handsome, doting on their fifteen-year-old son, Titus. Until Rachel enters their lives, culminating in the murder of Matthew, with Rachel confessing to the murder. What went wrong and how did Matthew end up on the wrong end of a knife? One year prior to Matthew’s murder, The Allerton-Jones family is out shopping when they run into Rachel, as she grabs for the same book as Charlie. Strangely enough, they run into her again a few hours later at another location. Charlie is immediately suspicious but Matthew, being open and inviting, tells Rachel about their book club and invites her to come. From the moment Charlie catches Rachel inside their bedroom, their entire life begins to unravel, as Rachel has a plan—and it has been set in motion. The Dinner Guest is told from the point of views of both Rachel and Charlie and begins 11 months before the murder. The plot switches back and forth between the present, after the murder of Matthew, and one year before. While the book felt like a quick read, it is suspenseful and hard to put down. While we know who is murdered from the first page, and we know who the murderer isn’t, it definitely caught my attention. There were so many false clues, they kept us guessing until the very last chapter. Most characters in this book are not at all likeable, with the exception of one or two. Matthew and Charlie both grew up with immense privilege, and their families and friends are all very wealthy and snobbish. There is reckless behavior, including drugs, alcohol, and teenage sex. Most of this behavior comes from Titus, their teenage son. I believe Titus is the most manipulative and also the most interesting character in The Dinner Guest. While he seems like your typical teenage boy in the beginning, though with a sound head on his shoulders, nothing is what it seems with him. There is a sense of paranoia throughout, from most characters, suspicious of each other. The brilliance of The Dinner Guest is that none of the characters are who they seem to be. Everything is explained towards the end, but the surprise of characters and their motives gave this book such a satisfying end, even if the ending of the book is not cut and dry. The last chapter is unsettling at best and will definitely make you look at your friends and family differently.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kajree Gautom

    The Dinner Guest hmm. I think after reading it, the title is very clever? Misleading? Idk. Four major people in this book - the Perfect Son Titus, the Perfect husband, the Perfect father, and the stranger who has secrets. PERFECT secrets huh. Lol. Yeah. Anyway. The story revolves around these characters with changing POVs, which I think added a great depth to the story. We get to see it from different vantage points. Now, there are aspects in the book that I wasn't entirely fond of tbh. It'll be The Dinner Guest hmm. I think after reading it, the title is very clever? Misleading? Idk. Four major people in this book - the Perfect Son Titus, the Perfect husband, the Perfect father, and the stranger who has secrets. PERFECT secrets huh. Lol. Yeah. Anyway. The story revolves around these characters with changing POVs, which I think added a great depth to the story. We get to see it from different vantage points. Now, there are aspects in the book that I wasn't entirely fond of tbh. It'll be spoilers from here on for a while. (view spoiler)[ First, Titus and his raging hormones at umm fifteen? I forgot his age nvm but he's underage. Maybe he was 16. Anyway, yes. His raging hormones that just kept him fucking adult girls. I mean . . . it might be realistic? But i can't fathom something as such. Somehow young boys going around casual fucking FWB without his parents saying any damn thing even after knowing how wrong it is - doesn't sit well with me tbh. Secondly, the reveals were kinda underwhelming. I could figure it out from the start and Rachel's connection, not her intention but it was clear that she was somehow related to Titus. At a point i was also like wait he's fucking her but thank God that wasn't true. Coming back to the reveal, yeah. I wasn't entirely fond of it as I think it felt a bit messy. It was very rushed, tbh. Just casually telling in a dialogue between the husbands instead of showing us, you get me? It was not well executed I feel. (hide spoiler)] Anyhow, the book as a whole was a good thriller I think. It was full of suspense and the changing POVs added more mystery to the whole reading experience. I won't say I loved it but I had a good time reading it, I think. There are definitely more aspects I wasn't fond of, like the way some of the things in the end played out. But it was good, yeah. I think it's a decent domestic thriller at the cusp.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hillary

    The vast majority of this book is everyone walking around teasing little snippets of what I'll term their "motivating secrets." Yep, they have secrets. Yep, that's why they're doing stuff. Then, when the secrets are revealed, everyone kind of stands around going - yep, it makes sense that that did that stuff. Yep, on account of that thing we didn't know. Yep. The vast majority of this book is everyone walking around teasing little snippets of what I'll term their "motivating secrets." Yep, they have secrets. Yep, that's why they're doing stuff. Then, when the secrets are revealed, everyone kind of stands around going - yep, it makes sense that that did that stuff. Yep, on account of that thing we didn't know. Yep.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Raeesa

    So beige, so bland, so boring. I wanted to like this book but there wasn't much to it. I was bored for a lot of it, I didn't really find the story line gripping. Towards the end I had already guessed what happened and the "big reveal" wasn't really very big So beige, so bland, so boring. I wanted to like this book but there wasn't much to it. I was bored for a lot of it, I didn't really find the story line gripping. Towards the end I had already guessed what happened and the "big reveal" wasn't really very big

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jami

    The Dinner Guest by B.P. Walter 4 ⭐️ The book opens strong with a murder and a confession. Charles and Matthew: devoted partners. Titus: their loving son. Rachel: friend and book club member. Four people at the dinner table that night. One leaves in a body bag. One leaves in handcuffs. The book explores what’s happened to get to that night, and what happens after. This is a domestic thriller/mystery about a family with lots of secrets. I found the pace to be quick enough to keep things interestin The Dinner Guest by B.P. Walter 4 ⭐️ The book opens strong with a murder and a confession. Charles and Matthew: devoted partners. Titus: their loving son. Rachel: friend and book club member. Four people at the dinner table that night. One leaves in a body bag. One leaves in handcuffs. The book explores what’s happened to get to that night, and what happens after. This is a domestic thriller/mystery about a family with lots of secrets. I found the pace to be quick enough to keep things interesting. We time jump from between about 1 year prior to the murder, to several months after. The big reveal(s), while not altogether surprising, were still exciting to read and watch unfold. Be prepared for lots of juicy scandal. If you are a fan of B.A. Paris, you’re very likely to enjoy this book. Thanks HarperCollins, NetGalley and B P Walter for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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