The Spare Room: A Novel by Andrea Bartz

The Spare Room: A Novel by Andrea Bartz

Title: The Spare Room: A Novel
Author: Andrea Bartz
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Mystery & Thrillers, Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  341
Date of US Publication:  20 June, 2023
My Rating:  2 Stars

My Thoughts 

I spent most of this really disliking old Kell-Bell, and just about every consistent character. The characters are all written rather shallowly - as in there's no real depth to them - the sole of what I got from Kelly was that she wasn't happy not being with her fiancee/boyfriend. She wasn't happy with him, but that didn't seem to matter. And then once she entered into her friends' marriage she focused on that relationship, to the point of cutting out her friends, etc. This is a character with zero defining characteristics - she seems solely to exist only when she’s with someone. 

Poorly plotted, the more I read, the less sense this made; wildly unrealistic. 

** Also, who goes to urgent care for a broken toe?? lol

If you’re looking for a well-plotted, comprehensive domestic thriller/mystery, keep looking. This isn’t it. 

Thank you to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for the DRC


Staying with a friend and her husband is sexier—and deadlier—than anyone could have imagined, in this provocative domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reese’s Book Club pick We Were Never Here.

“Sexy, atmospheric, deliciously creepy, and ingeniously plotted: the best kind of up-all-night page-turner.”—Lucy Foley, #1 
New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Apartment and The Guest List

Kelly’s new life in Philadelphia has turned into a nightmare: She’s friendless and jobless, and the lockdown has her trapped in a tiny apartment with the man she gave up everything for, who’s just called off their wedding. The only bright spot is her newly rekindled friendship with her childhood friend Sabrina—now a glamorous bestselling author with a handsome, high-powered husband.

When Sabrina and Nathan offer Kelly an escape hatch, volunteering the spare room of their remote Virginia mansion, she jumps at the chance to run away from her old life. There, Kelly secretly finds herself falling for both her enchanting hosts—until one night, a wild and unexpected threesome leads the couple to open their marriage for her.

At first, Kelly loves being part of this risqué new world. But when she discovers that the last woman they invited into their marriage is missing, she starts to wonder if they could be dangerous . . . and if she might be next.

Packed with Andrea Bartz’s signature tension, twists, and toxic relationships, 
The Spare Room marks an edgy, boundary-pushing new direction from the “master of the ‘feminist thriller’” (Los Angeles Times).


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