THE HOUSE GUEST
The thing about Mark Edwards’ books is that these dreadful tales of terror and persecution are all so plausible and you can see it happening to you. This one had me shouting at the young couple the book centres on not to do it, don’t let her in, but obviously they couldn’t hear me and they did anyway.
Ruth and Adam are in their twenties, are British, and are offered the opportunity of house-sitting for the summer in New York. Such an exciting adventure has to be had, so off they go to the Big Apple.
All is hunky-dory until one stormy night there’s a knock at the door and a young lady who introduces herself as Eden is standing there, soaked to the skin, surprised to find Ruth and Adam in place of the homeowners.
I won’t give the game away but in a nutshell, our lovely heroes accept Eden at face value. She tells them she is a good friend of the owners and has an open invitation to stay anytime she is in town. Ruth and Adam are nice people, and Eden comes to stay – that’s when the fun and games begin.
This is a cautionary tale and reading it objectively, I was saying don’t be daft – she’s a mad axe-murderer but in reality (and yes, I do know it’s only a book!) I think the vast majority of us are too trusting.