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The Guest

By: B.A. Paris

ISBN: 978-1250289421

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Publication Date: 02/20/2024

Format: Other

My Rating: TBR


New York Times bestselling author B. A. Paris captivated psychological thriller readers everywhere with Behind Closed Doors. Now she invites you into another heart-pounding home full of secrets, in The Guest.

Some secrets never leave.

Iris and Gabriel have just arrived home from a make-or-break holiday. But a shock awaits them. One of their closest friends, Laure, is in their house. Her presence quickly becomes tense as she oversteps again and again: sleeping in their bed, wearing Iris' clothes, even rearranging the furniture.

Laure has walked out on her husband―and their good friend―Pierre, over his confession of an affair and a secret child. Iris and Gabriel want to be supportive of their friends, but as Laure's mood becomes increasingly unpredictable, her presence takes its toll.

Iris and Gabriel's only respite comes in the form of a couple new to town. But with them comes their gardener, who has a checkered past.

Soon, secrets from all their pasts will unravel, some more dangerous than they could have known.

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About the Author

B.A. Paris is a New York Times and Sunday Times #1 bestselling author.

Her books have been translated into over 40 languages and sold in over 50 territories around the world.

She is the author of 6 published novels: Behind Closed Doors (2016), The Breakdown (2017), Bring Me Back (2018), The Dilemma (2020), The Therapist (2021), and The Prisoner (2022).

Over 1 million copies of Behind Closed Doors have been sold in the UK, and more than 3.5 million copies have sold globally since its release.

In 2016, B.A. Paris was nominated in the Best Debut Author and Best Mystery & Thriller categories of the Goodreads Choice Awards.

Behind Closed Doors won the Gold Nielsen Bestseller Award in 2017 for UK sales of 500,000 copies, making B.A. Paris the only debut Fiction author to win a Gold award that year.

The book went on to win the Platinum Nielsen Bestseller Award in 2019 for sales of 1,000,000 copies in the UK alone.

The Breakdown was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award in the Mystery and Thriller category in 2017.

B.A. Paris is currently writing her next novel, another psychological thriller, due to be released in 2024.



B.A. Paris is a Franco-Irish writer. You might know her as the author of Behind Closed Doors, and her most recent novel, The Prisoner. She spends most of her time typing away new stories, and tweets, from her very professional office - her bed.

I live and write from my cottage in Hampshire, England, and often travel to discuss my novels with readers around the world.

Before becoming an author, I spent some years working as a trader in an international bank in France before re-training as a teacher and setting up a language school with my husband. We have five daughters and recently moved back to England to enjoy life in the countryside.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with the other man in my life. He’s well over 80 years old and is a little wrinkly, but Henry the tortoise really is great company.

I am inspired to write by things that happen in my day-to-day, by people I have known and people I meet. My imagination then usually goes into overdrive and, before I know it, a story comes to life on the page.

At the moment, I’m writing my next psychological thriller. Stay tuned for future announcements about its release!

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