On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the gripping new novel by B P Walter, The Dinner Guest.
Four people walked into the dining room that night. One would never leave.
Matthew: the perfect husband.
Titus: the perfect son.
Charlie: the perfect illusion.
Rachel: the perfect stranger.
Charlie didn’t want her at the book club. Matthew wouldn’t listen.
And that’s how Charlie finds himself slumped beside his husband’s body, their son sitting silently at the dinner table, while Rachel calls 999, the bloody knife still gripped in her hand.
I’ve been meaning to try B P Walter’s books for a while now, and I’m so pleased I’ve finally got round to reading one. The Dinner Guest is a taut psychological thriller with characters who will get under your skin. There is a real Agatha Christie vibe to this book. I loved trying to work out what had happened on the night the story focuses on, and B P Walter’s writing drew me into the story from the very first page.
We are presented with a shocking opening line that sets the story off with a bang. Charlie’s husband, Matthew, has been killed. We also know who killed him, one of their guests, Rachel. I loved the way how B P Walter opened this book; it immediately captured my attention. I wanted to understand more about what had happened.
None of the characters in The Dinner Guest are particularly likeable. I found I struggled to feel any sympathy for them in the wake of Matthew’s murder. After the shocking opening scene, B P Walter gradually begins to peel back the layer. We begin to understand what was happening in the characters’ lives in the run up to the event. I liked how this was done. I particularly wanted to know more about Rachel, who suddenly appeared in their lives when she joins Charlie and Matthew’s book club. This is held at Charlie and Matthew’s posh home in Kensington. She is a very mysterious character, and we hear from both her and Charlie’s point of view as the novel progresses. I wanted to know what her motive was for killing Mathew if she was the killer. I wanted to know more about who she was.
Although we have a confession of what happened the night of the murder and a suspect in custody, what really happened isn’t quite clear. This makes the story so tense as I had no idea who could potentially be behind the murder. I couldn’t trust any of the characters, and I felt they were all hiding from something. It made me watch what they were doing that little more closely as I tried to think about what the real story was here.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Dinner Guest. It’s entertaining and very gripping. I have seen that the film rights to the book have been snapped up, and I can’t wait to see how it translates to screen. This is a thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery novel. I highly recommend it.
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Print length: 416 pages
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