Title : The Dinner Guest
Author : BP Walter
Publisher : HarperCollins India
Pages : 400
Genre : Thriller
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.
Agatha Christie meets Donna Tartt in this nerve-shredding domestic noir thriller that weaves a sprawling web of secrets around an opulent West London world and the dinner that ends in death.
The Dinner Guest has been a wildly anticipating read. Progressing through each chapter felt like peeling off a layer of an onion and revealing something beneath. A new detail, a new clue or anything that might lead to the day of the murder. Yes, murder.
What could possibly go wrong at the dinner table where everything is apparently perfect? Only a death, of course. Matthew and Charles (aka Charlie) are a happily married couple with a son Titus, until one-day a perfect stranger (Rachel) walks into the frame and everything changes forever. Who is Rachel and what does she want? We aren’t entirely oblivious to her intentions, as the author gives us a look through her pov in alternating chapters. But you’ll definitely keep guessing. The end of every chapter keeps you hanging with a cliffhanger and you just can’t resist the temptation of turning another page.
This is not just a mere psychological thriller. There are various other aspects that the author beautifully incorporated in the plot. Living a perfect life as gay parents, class tension and discrimination, prejudice, sexism, social media attention and its repercussions, violence, etc.
We’re jolted right into the night of the murder in the prologue, and then slowly we see every little thing that gradually led them to the dreaded night. The Dinner Guest is a fabulously crafted thriller, that seeps through your skin little by little, until it is all that there is.