The Uninvited Guests

The Uninvited Guests

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"The opening pages read like an episode of Downton Abbey...But Jones has something more uncanny in mind, and when the party is interrupted by survivors of a nearby train wreck, the comedy of manners turns downright surreal...Jones's effervescent writing keeps the course steady-even as her characters shed their civilized veneers." -- Ellen Shapiro, People magazine (four star review)

A grand old manor house deep in the English countryside will open its doors to reveal the story of an unexpectedly dramatic day in the life of one eccentric, rather dysfunctional, and entirely unforgettable family. Set in the early years of the twentieth century, award-winning author Sadie Jones's The Uninvited Guests is, in the words of Jacqueline Winspear, the New York Times bestselling author of the Maisie Dobbs mysteries A Lesson in Secrets and Elegy for Eddie, "a sinister tragi-comedy of errors, in which the dark underbelly of human nature is revealed in true Shakespearean fashion."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 136 x 208 x 18mm | 209g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062116517
  • 9780062116512
  • 822,261

Back cover copy

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.

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.
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Review quote

"A delightful, eerie novel...Jones expertly balances the whimsical and the strange, building things to a climax of abandon, terror and restitution...Engrossing, enjoyable."--Philip Womack, Telegraph
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Rating details

8,278 ratings
2.96 out of 5 stars
5 7% (554)
4 23% (1,925)
3 38% (3,146)
2 23% (1,908)
1 9% (745)
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