The House Guest

The House Guest by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Title:  The House Guest
Author:  Hank Phillippi Ryan
Narrator: Stephanie Willing
Publisher:  Macmillan Audio
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Audiobook 
Date of US Publication:  7 February, 2023
My Rating:  2 Stars

My Thoughts 

This one unfortunately didn’t work for me as well as I’d hoped. I found the premise really interesting, but ultimately found this one boring. 

Thoughts while listening - 

- requires way too much suspension of disbelief (this is a real issue for me with books and film/television) to be viable. 

- just how naive can women characters be written? ffs.

- this was too where exactly is this going, and wtf is going on for me, and not in a good way.

As I’ve shared previously, finding a domestic thriller that I enjoy and find realistically possible is notoriously difficult. 

Therefore, a reminder to take my opinion with a grain of salt - most of the reviews for this were great.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for the early audiobook.


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. 

But no one is what they seem. And the fates and fortunes of these two women twist and turn until the shocking truth emerges: You can’t always get what you want. But sometimes you get what you deserve.

Other books by Hank Phillippi Ryan:

Her Perfect Life

The First to Lie

The Murder List

On the House

Trust Me


The Other Woman

The Wrong Girl

Truth Be Told

What You See

Say No More


Prime Time

Face Time

Air Time

Drive Time


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