The House Guest is another diabolical cat-and-mouse thriller from USA Today bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan―but which character is the cat, and which character is the mouse?
After every divorce, one spouse gets all the friends. What does the other one get? If they're smart, they get the benefits. Alyssa Macallan is terrified when she's dumped by her wealthy and powerful husband. With a devastating divorce looming, she begins to suspect her toxic and manipulative soon-to-be-ex is scheming to ruin her―leaving her alone and penniless. And when the FBI shows up at her door, Alyssa knows she really needs a friend.
And then she gets one. A seductive new friend, one who's running from a dangerous relationship of her own. Alyssa offers Bree Lorrance the safety of her guest house, and the two become confidantes. Then Bree makes a heart-stoppingly tempting offer. Maybe Alyssa and Bree can solve each others' problems.
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Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen award-winning novels of suspense. National reviews have called her a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller." Her newest novel is THE HOUSE GUEST ( Forge Books, February 2023) which received a starred review from LIbrary Journal, calling it "Binge-worhty." The rave review from Publishers Weekly says "Ryan is a master of suspense."
Her 202 thriller (Forge Books, September 14, 2021) is HER PERFECT LIFE. It received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, which called it "A superlative thriller." Mystery Scene Magazine calls it "A powerhouse of a novel."
Her 2020 book is the USA Today bestselling THE FIRST TO LIE. The Publishers Weekly Starred Review calls it "Stellar." It is a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Year, and for the Mary Higgins Clark award.
Her recent suspense thriller THE MURDER LIST is a USA Today Bestseller, the Anthony Award Winner for Best Novel of the Year, and an Agatha, Macavity and Mary Higgins Clark award nominee, a CNN Top Summer Read, and a Most Anticipated Book of Summer 2019 from Criminal Element. AJ Finn calls it "a fireworks display of a novel--explosive, exciting and likely to leave you gasping." BA Paris says: "A cracker of a read!"
Her first psychological standalone, TRUST ME, is an Agatha Award nominee. It was named a Best Book of 2018 from REAL SIMPLE Magazine, BookBub, PopSugar, Bustle, CrimeReads and The New York Post. Mary Kubica says: "Dazzling!" and Lisa Gardner says "Mesmerizing!" The Booklist STARRED review says "..it’s a knockout. First-rate psychological suspense."
Her thriller SAY NO MORE is a Library Journal BEST OF 2016. And a nominee for the AGATHA AWARD, the DAPHNE award, and the MARY HIGGINS CLARK AWARD! Associated Press calls it "stellar" and Publishers Weekly calls it "thrilling" "unflinching" and "gratifying."
Her 2015 book, WHAT YOU SEE, is a Library Journal BEST of 2015, an ANTHONY and AGATHA Award nominee, and a Top Pick!, dubbed "exceptional suspense." It received a starred review from Library Journal which says: "Readers will find themselves racing to the finish!"
Her 2014 book, TRUTH BE TOLD, won the AGATHA Award for best mystery, and is a Library Journal Best of 2014. It received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, which says, "Drop everything and binge read!"
THE WRONG GIRL won the Agatha Award and the Daphne Award, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller and Anthony Award nominee.
THE OTHER WOMAN won the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was listed as a Best Book of 2012 by the Kansas City Star, the Sacramento Bee, Suspense Magazine, and The Boston Globe, won the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award, and was the only novel nominated for the Agatha, Anthony, Macavity, Shamus and Daphne awards for Best Novel of 2012.
Her first four mysteries, beginning with the Agatha Award-winning PRIME TIME, feature Charlotte McNally, a Boston television reporter. FACE TIME was a BookSense Notable Book, and AIR TIME and DRIVE TIME were both Anthony and Agatha Award nominees for best novel of 2009 and 2010. They are now available in all new editions.
Hank is also an award-winning investigative reporter at Boston's WHDH-TV. In addition to 36 EMMYs and 14 Edward R. Murrow awards, Hank's won dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism.
Her work has resulted in new laws, people sent to prison, homes removed from foreclosure, and millions of dollars in refunds and restitution for victims and consumers. She's been a radio reporter, a legislative aide in the United States Senate and an editorial assistant at Rolling Stone Magazine, working with Hunter S. Thompson, Richard Avedon and Richard Goodwin.
Hank is a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and served as 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime. She blogs at Jungle Red Writers and Career Authors. She is a co-host at FIRST CHAPTER FUN and a founder and co-host of THE BACK ROOM, and the host of A Mighty Mystery on A Mighty Blaze.
She lives in Boston with her husband, a nationally renowned civil rights and criminal defense attorney.
Learn more about Hank at www.HankPhillippiRyan.com.
I am a huge fan of Ryans, so I was super excited to read The House Guest. I could not put it down read it in one sitting. I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out Alyssa and Bill then throw in Bree I was shaking my head I thought I had it all figured out and bam something new what pop up. All I will say is this is a 5-star must read.
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