The Guest - Emma Cline

The Guest

By Emma Cline

  • Release Date: 2023-05-16
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 3.5
From 327 Ratings


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A young woman pretends to be someone she isn’t in this “spellbinding” (Vogue), “smoldering” (The Washington Post) novel by the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls.
“Under Cline’s command, every sentence as sharp as a scalpel, a woman toeing the line between welcome and unwelcome guest becomes a fully destabilizing force.”—The New York Times

“Alex drained her wineglass, then her water glass. The ocean looked calm, a black darker than the sky. A ripple of anxiety made her palms go damp. It seemed suddenly very tenuous to believe that anything would stay hidden, that she could successfully pass from one world to another.”

Summer is coming to a close on the East End of Long Island, and Alex is no longer welcome.

A misstep at a dinner party, and the older man she’s been staying with dismisses her with a ride to the train station and a ticket back to the city.

With few resources and a waterlogged phone, but gifted with an ability to navigate the desires of others, Alex stays on Long Island and drifts like a ghost through the hedged lanes, gated driveways, and sun-blasted dunes of a rarefied world that is, at first, closed to her. Propelled by desperation and a mutable sense of morality, she spends the week leading up to Labor Day moving from one place to the next, a cipher leaving destruction in her wake.

Taut, propulsive, and impossible to look away from, Emma Cline’s The Guest is a spellbinding literary achievement.


  • Wasn’t As Good As Hoped

    By cakEbabY1989
    I like this author’s previous books; however, this one was a bit of a let down. The constant repetition of “Dom” got annoying after awhile. I don’t know…just wasn’t as edgy as I’d expected but still a good read.
  • Seems unfinished

    By 54789754
    This kept my attention but the ending was so deeply unsatisfying. My instinct was to give it one star but since it held my attention for so long I had to give it credit for that.
  • Waste of time and money

    By FriscoDeb1970
    No ending. No closure.
  • Terrible ending

    By Lkkjnbvghbvc
    Mediocre plot development with very disappointing ending
  • From start to end, I just can’t comprehend…

    By BOOKieCookie143
    Did I miss the part where the author told us who Alex was or what she did and how her and Simon met? And, the ending? Did the publisher forget to publish it? The story line of this book wound up being more mysterious than any of the main characters… AND, that’s why I couldn’t put it down.
  • Really with the ending?

    By freddy468
    Great book. Loved it. Ending was horrible.
  • Cringy book bad ending

    By xoxueixn
    I read a review saying that the character’s life was a slow train wreck. The problem is there’s never a wreck. There’s a slow train ride to nothing. Ending sucked. It is as though the author got tired and just stopped writing.
  • Disappointing.

    By bella 318
    Wow - why all the hype/press about this book? Thin plot and very thin character development. Very disappointing.
  • Frustrated

    By nfnchehn
    Hated the ending. Big lead up to a bunch of nothing. Cjjekcs
  • Are you kidding me! I want my $ back

    By 716bflogirl
    This was such an awful set up for the reader. The girl sucked The story never finished. Such a disappointment and waste of money. Ugh