The Guest by Emma Cline

A young woman pretends to be someone she isn’t in this stunning novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls


Taut and intoxicating, Cline’s latest novel follows twenty-two-year-old Alex, a drifter and grifter who becomes lost in a world of addiction, privilege, and wealth. Alex has been staying with an older man named Simon, however after a misstep at Simon’s friend’s house, she finds herself on the train platform with a one-way ticket back to where she came from. 

Alex has worked hard to reinvent herself, and returning to the city comes with a hefty price tag; one that means facing up to an abusive ex-boyfriend, and the debt she’s racked up. What if she could stay put and work it all out?

And so begins a young woman’s menacing and manipulative operation on the East End of Long Island as Summer draws to a close, and she races to take back what she believes she deserves.

My heart was in my throat, racing, my stomach churning as I followed Alex from one place to the next, each scene teetering on the edge of catastrophe. The Guest is by turns unsettling and enthralling, add it to your list immediately!

Emma Cline by Ricky Saiz

Emma Cline is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls and the story collection Daddy. The Girls was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was a New York Times Editors’ Choice and was the winner of the Shirley Jackson Award. Cline’s stories have been published in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review and The Best American Short Stories anthologies. She received an O’Henry Award and the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review, and was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.

The Guest by Emma Cline is out today and is available in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook format. Check Bookshop, Librofm or Penguin Random House.