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The Uninvited Guests: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

18 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

I wanted to read The Uninvited Guests from the moment I heard ab

I wanted to read The Uninvited Guests from the moment I heard about the book. Imagine my joy, then, when I won an advance reader copy on Goodreads!

Sadie Jones’ The Uninvited Guests introduces us to the eccentric, dysfunctional Torrington-Swift family. There is t...
I wanted to read The Uninvited Guests from the moment I heard about the book. Imagine my joy, then, when I won an advance reader copy on Goodreads!

Sadie Jones’ The Uninvited Guests introduces us to the eccentric, dysfunctional Torrington-Swift family. There is the self-centered Charlotte Torrington-Swift, her doting second husband Edward Swift, and the three children of her previous marriage: Clovis, Emerald, and Imogen (aka Smudge). They live at Stern, a stately manor in the English countryside, but financial issues could mean them losing it. Edward is off to secure funds to save the home while those left behind celebrate Emeralds twentieth birthday. Then, disaster. A train accident sends some restless uninvited guests their way, including one Charles Traversham-Beechers. He claims to know of Charlotte's past, and he may just be wicked enough to reveal it.

Of all the characters, the most likeable may be Emerald, the capable yet resigned-to-her-fate birthday girl, followed closely by her odd and neglected sister Smudge. Clovis is quite the snob, and Charlotte an absent and vain mother. We also meet the Swift-Torrington housekeepers Myrtle and Florence, and the guests invited to Emeralds soiree: John Buchanan, Ernest and Patience Sutton, and, of course, Charles Traversham-Beechers. They range from the bland to the vicious, though some change their tune by the books end.

The story itself is very entertaining and well written. Told in third-persons, the narration is funny, witty, and just a bit quirky. I found myself laughing on quite a few occassions. Many that books that claim to be humorous satire rarely hit their mark for me, but this book had its true laugh-out-loud moments. Though a satire, a comedy of manners, the bigger message of the novel is not lost. We see the worst brought out in these society folk, both in how they treat each other and how they treat those they believe are beneath them. But we also see them grow and learn. Some, as I’ve mentioned, mature greatly through the novel and are changed for the better by the experience.

This book is clever, funny, and thoroughly entertaining. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys satirical novels, and anyone who wants a good look at human nature at its best and worst. Or just anyone looking for a wildly adventurous and truly bizarre tale.

posted by Ixachel on May 9, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Unusual

I liked this book but it is not for everyone. It is a Austen-like mystery.

posted by mmr on June 15, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    DREADFUL

    I bought this based on a recommendation in Family Circle magazine. Was extremely disappointed. Cliched characters, situations introduced and left unresolved, and the supernatural element was clumsily addressed. I'm willing to suspend disbelief, but not for writing as poor as this.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    I don't know what got into me

    To buy and read this book???! From the very first page, I knew I wasn't going to like it. Well, I was wrong: I hated it. You think the story is about one thing, then it goes another way, makes another turn, then ends up back at the beginning. And the characters are awful people, for the most part. You have to give the author credit for getting it published, though. Not sure how, but she did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    This was one of the weirdest books I have ever read.  It was dif

    This was one of the weirdest books I have ever read.  It was difficult to follow and I couldn't figure out what was happening.  Was it supposed to be a ghost story, a satire or what?  I finished it because once I begin a book I want to know what happens, but I didn't find the ending satisfying at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    BOOO!!!hi!

    BOOO!!!hi!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Unusual read.

    I wasn't a fan of this novel. Jumped around to much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Don't bother.

    Kind of silly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    no

    not a good buy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    Terrible

    Not sure i can even finish this book. The author uses italics about every 20 words in dialogue. It's distracting to the point of being the written equivalent of nails on a chalkboard. What were the author and her editor THINKING (if i could have typed that in italics on my nook, i would have)? If you're a reader with high standards, do not buy this book.

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    Posted July 20, 2013

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    Posted July 9, 2012

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