The Uninvited Guests
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One late spring evening in 1912, in the kitchens at Sterne, preparations begin for an elegant supper party in honor of Emerald Torrington's twentieth birthday. But only a few miles away, a dreadful accident propels a crowd of mysterious and not altogether savory survivors to seek shelter at the ramshackle manor—and the household is thrown into confusion and mischief.
The cook toils over mock turtle soup and a chocolate cake covered with green sugar roses, which the hungry band of visitors is not invited to taste. But nothing, it seems, will go according to plan. As the passengers wearily search for rest, the house undergoes a strange transformation. One of their number (who is most definitely not a gentleman) makes it his business to join the birthday revels.
Evening turns to stormy night, and a most unpleasant parlor game threatens to blow respectability to smithereens: Smudge Torrington, the wayward youngest daughter of the house, decides that this is the perfect moment for her Great Undertaking.
The Uninvited Guests is the bewitching new novel from the critically acclaimed Sadie Jones. The prizewinning author triumphs in this frightening yet delicious drama of dark surprises—where social codes are uprooted and desire daringly trumps propriety—and all is alight with Edwardian wit and opulence.
Publishers Weekly Review
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The Uninvited Guests
This is a strange book and not in a good way. I didn't like it at all. A waste of my time!
What a marvelous story!
I can't be specific because I don't want to give anything away, but it was a wonderful weekend at Sterne, and I feel lucky to have been part of it!
Not quite what I was expecting based on the premise set to build this story. It somehow felt flat, predictable, and, by the end, quite boring. It has it's moments of charm and literary crafty design, but the absurdist nature of it all just hindered what could possibly had been an excellent read.