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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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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Unusual

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

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    Interesting Read

    I'm not quite sure how to describe this book. I enjoyed, it but at the same time, found it a bit fragmented. It almost seemd as though the author shifted the story line while writing this book. It seemd to take a twist that didn't quite flow as smooth as it should have. Still, I did find I wanted to keep reading to see what happened next.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    This is an unusual tale with a few twists. British siblings Emer

    This is an unusual tale with a few twists. British siblings Emerald, Clovis, and Smudge prepare to celebrate Emerald's birthday. Many "uninvited guests" arrive, creating stress for all, including the staff and the narcissistic mother. I enjoyed the humorous dialogue between Emerald and Clovis; however, I believe the plot could have been more developed, particularly, in the middle and end of the book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    I'm giving this three stars, but I have never really come down o

    I'm giving this three stars, but I have never really come down on the side of recommending it to anyone. I don't mind odd stories, but this oddity did not intrigue me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Good but not great...

    On the heels of Downton Abbey wrapping up a second season, I was very eager to stay connected to this time period in England and The Uninvited Guests was a strong recommend. While I enjoyed the book, the cold dreariness of the characters made it difficult to have much of an emotional connection, with the exception of the neglected daughter, Smudge (who provides the reader with a little quirkiness and humor). The story takes a sudden (and yet predictable) turn and leaves the reader wanting more than what the ending offered. While the book certainly didn't meet my expectations, I would recommend it as "filler reading" between better book choices.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    Possibility

    Difficult to recommned - many people might not enjoy all the various characters. It was an interesting read - the ending seemed rather bizarre. MA38

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Good if you like Zombies and romance mixes

    I thought this would be a Georgette Heyer type novel. It was not. It was okay reading but at 64 I'm not so much into the supernatural/undead which was definitely a big component of this book. I enjoyed it but wouldn't read another like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    interesting.

    I enjoyed this but thought the ending was disappointing. Guess I wanted more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2013

    Was looking forward to this novel, but was so frustrated with th

    Was looking forward to this novel, but was so frustrated with the characters of the house. So self-centered! Why could they not see that something was not right? Something strange? Enjoyed the antics of the little sister, but everyone else was absolutely immune to anyone else except their own interests. Unbelievable! I had figured out who the "Uninvited Guests" were way before they were revealed. Their were a few surprises, but you really wondered what they had to do with the overall story. Not as good as I anticipated, but glad I read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    Strange

    3-, would not recommend

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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