The Houseguestby Thomas Berger
When Chuck finally does surface, he is no longer sweet and charming, but rather has become aggressive and
Chuck Burgoyne is no ordinary houseguest. The Graveses (father Doug; wife Audrey; son Bobby; and daughter-in-law Lydia) have gotten used to his polite manners and gourmet breakfasts. But one morning at the Graveses' summer home, Chuck fails to appear.
When Chuck finally does surface, he is no longer sweet and charming, but rather has become aggressive and arrogant, abusing each family member in turn. Each family member that is, except the fellow outsider, Lydia. Once Chuck rescues her from the dangerous undertow of the ocean, Lydia can't help but feel obligated to him, even after his uninvited advances to her while she's half asleep. Slowly it becomes apparent to the family that Chuck isn't anyone's guest but rather a perfect stranger who wormed his way into their home. Yet the Graveses are so concerned with not offending him by being impolite that they willingly accept the abuse he freely dishes out. In private, however, they all scheme for his undoing. But will anyone muster up the courage?
An eerie and clever novel, The Houseguest introduces one of Berger's most dangerous and compelling villains.
The New York Times Book Review The Houseguest is wonderfully bizarre....The Houseguest is Spooky-land, where the twists of reality are more frightening than any gothic horror tale and domestic confessions as expressed by the accomplished satiric wit of Mr. Berger are certainly not to be trusted.
Detroit Free Press Thomas Berger is a magician...he never hits a false note.
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Meet the Author
Thomas Berger is the author of twenty-three novels. His previous novels include Best Friends, Meeting Evil, and The Feud, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His Little Big Man is known throughout the world.
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This was an interesting book! I think I felt like lydia at the end of the book. I wanted to scream seriously! You are all fricking lambs with no back bone! It was a good plot and the characters were well written, I just didn't like any of them except lydia. Good book!
Exeptionally grandiose in wording and description, it was as though the author delighted in obtuse verbiage
Every character in this book had some sort of flaw that makes you want to dislike them. To a certain extent, they come across as being stereotypical. There are some twists to the plot that keeps the book interesting. Finally, the author challenges the reader with words that require a dictionary. I found that a pleasant surprise.
I cannot get past the first few pages of this book. It's just not grabbing my attention. Very disappointed.
It took a lot of effort to get through this book I didnt relate to any of the charscters, felt like the plot was absurd,, and didnt enjoy it nearly as much as i normally enjoy a book
Cannot believe i wasted time reading this. Wish the houseguest had done this loopy family in!