Book Review: The Last Guests by J. P. Pomare

“Ever get the feeling that you’re being watched?”

Set to be published on 24th August, The Last Guests by J. P. Pomare follows married couple Lina and Cain who don’t make it out to their vacation home on gorgeous Lake Tarawera as often as they’d like. So when Cain suggests that they rent the property out on weekends, Lina reluctantly agrees. What could go wrong? At first, Lina is amazed at how quickly guests line up to spend a weekend – and at how much they’re willing to pay. But both Lina and Cain have been keeping secrets. When a visit takes a deadly turn, Lina becomes convinced that someone out there knows something they shouldn’t.


Thank you to NetGalley for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Last Guests is an engaging and deceptive thriller that will hook you right from the original and unnerving prologue.

With a modern focus using the concept of a holiday rental website and of “voyeurs” who lurk on the darker web, the plot has all the chilling feels of a horror film. It’s so well written and intense that I was reluctant to put this one down.

The characters are brilliantly developed, too. And although they have their flaws, I couldn’t help but root for both Lina and Cain and hope for them to get away with any wrongdoings. But of course, they weren’t going to escape from their trespasses easily.

This was such a gripping read and I was completely swept up in the pressure of Lina’s situation. Sadly, I was disappointed in the ending, as it just didn’t feel very fitting for me. This was my personal reaction to it, however, and I’m sure most won’t agree with me.

And while I was underwhelmed by the ending, I really enjoyed the journey to get there. I will definitely be reading more by Pomare in the future!


The Last Guests by J P Pomare
Hardback Release Date: 24th August 2021
Print Length: 336 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

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