The Night Guest

  • by Fiona McFarlane
  • Narrated by Federay Holmes
  • 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In an isolated house on the New South Wales coast, Ruth - a widow whose sons work abroad - lives alone. Until one day a stranger bowls up, announcing that she's been sent by the authorities to be Ruth's carer.
At first, Ruth is happy to have the company. Frida is efficient and helpful, and willing to listen to Ruth's stories about her childhood in Fiji and the man she fell for there. But why does Ruth hear a tiger prowling through the house at night? How far can Ruth trust this enigmatic woman? And how far can she trust herself?
This hypnotic tale soars above its own suspense to tell us, with exceptional grace and beauty, about ageing, love, dependence, fear and power, and about the mysterious workings of the mind. Here is a dazzling new writer, reminding us how powerfully fiction can speak to our innermost secrets.

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Customer Reviews

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Dull and obvious

This is a worthy but dreary story about an old lady and her 'strange' carer and I thought it had no real intrigue or credibility. I'm afraid I gave up and fast forwarded it to the end. My main regret is spending too long listening to this.
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- Kaggy "Will read anything within reason."

A captivating story which draws you in!!!

What made the experience of listening to The Night Guest the most enjoyable?

The story was fascinating and brilliantly written.
I caught myself questioning myself what was suppose to be real in the story and what wasn't, but that's the point of this, without giving away any spoilers.
You really felt for the elderly lady being unable to tell at times what was and wasn't real and how this impacted on her life with with strange lady who comes to 'help'.
This is no ordinary story, but there is love and compassion mixed in with fear and fright experienced by the elderly lady.
This is such a beautiful story set by the sea in New Zealand, and I was transfixed by such a magnificent story.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The last few chapters, where the author reals ALL, how the crime is committed and the consequences which happens.


What about Federay Holmes’s performance did you like?

The lady who read the story was absolutely fantastic. As she had a New Zealand accent too added to the whole picture and how the characters spoke.
This book was acted out so brilliantly, with all the characters having such different voices. She poured so much compassion and malice, jovial, care and love too.
Federay made this story feel real, and pulls at your heart strings, in her excellent portrayal of this story.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The very last moments of the elderly lady's life.


Any additional comments?

I would love to write exactly my heart felt feelings about this book/review but i found myself accidentally putting in spoilers, and I wouldn't want to do that and spoil the story!!!
It's a brilliant modern story and one adults would enjoy.

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- Nicola Williams

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-01-2014
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton