Here To Stay
Gemma Robinson comes into Elliot’s life like a whirlwind, and they marry and settle into his home. When she asks him if her parents can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is keen to oblige – he just doesn’t quite know what he’s signing up for.The Robinsons arrive with Gemma’s sister, Chloe, a mysterious young woman who refuses to speak or leave her room. Elliot starts to suspect that the Robinsons are hiding a dark secret. And then there are the scars on his wife’s body that she won’t talk about . . .As Elliot’s in-laws become more comfortable in his home, encroaching on all aspects of his life, it becomes clear that they have no intention of moving out. To protect Gemma, and their marriage, Elliot delves into the Robinsons’ past. But is he prepared for the truth?From the two million copy bestselling author comes a tale about the chilling consequences of welcoming strangers into your home.

Here To Stay Details

TitleHere To Stay
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 1st, 2019
PublisherBrilliance Audio
ISBN-139781721367917
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery

Here To Stay Review

  • Book-Lover Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Well I'm certainly feeling rather lucky to have great in-laws, especially after this thrilling read! And I wish I could give this more than 5 stars, it's worth a hundred more (at least!).Not only were the characters exceptionally well put together, but the storyline itself with superb. It has the twists, the turns and the emotion that every psychological thriller NEEDS to have to be successful. And Mark Edwards has nailed it on the head. I thought The Lucky Ones and The Retreat were my favourite Well I'm certainly feeling rather lucky to have great in-laws, especially after this thrilling read! And I wish I could give this more than 5 stars, it's worth a hundred more (at least!).Not only were the characters exceptionally well put together, but the storyline itself with superb. It has the twists, the turns and the emotion that every psychological thriller NEEDS to have to be successful. And Mark Edwards has nailed it on the head. I thought The Lucky Ones and The Retreat were my favourites but this one has topped them all. I actually think this might be the best book I've ever read.The main character, the Alpha let's say, Elliot, was written to perfection. His emotions, his thought ethics, his smartness in Science, his intelligence and his whole persona made him such a likeable character. I'm actually concerned with how much this author knows in chemicals and science himself. But Elliot was the likeable one, the one we can all relate to. Gemma? I DID like her but... you'll have to read for yourself as to why I ended up loathing her. Jeff and Lizzy made the PERFECT NIGHTMARE neighbours; they were crude, messy, unbearable, intolerable and master-manipulators, among many other things, but they were written incredibly well. Jeff's temper was on point and Lizzy's aloofness was pretty great. Chloe was a mystery throughout but she was quite likeable... I mean, she was the quietest of the in-laws that's for sure. And that ending? Whoa, I really DIDN'T see that coming, I had suspicions of course, but when I thought 'WHO', it was crushed into smithereens... it was someone completely different, something I didn't really see coming.The revelations, the drama, the epic-ending? All AMAZING. Well thought out, researched and planned... you can't get a much more perfect psychological thriller than this one. Extraordinarily gripping, enticing and energetic with a whirlwind of extreme drama and twists. You don't want to miss this one, guys. Honestly, best book I've EVER read!!
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  • Christopher Hood
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Mark Edwards for a while now and have read all of his books. What has bemused me is why not even more people are reading his books and why they're not being turned into TV dramas or movies. Perhaps people have been waiting for the "right one". Well, the wait is over. "Here to Stay" is a masterpiece and Mark's best book to date. Although "The Magpies" series may be what he is best known for, "Here to Stay" is clearly the natural product out of ideas, ways of writing and chara I have been a fan of Mark Edwards for a while now and have read all of his books. What has bemused me is why not even more people are reading his books and why they're not being turned into TV dramas or movies. Perhaps people have been waiting for the "right one". Well, the wait is over. "Here to Stay" is a masterpiece and Mark's best book to date. Although "The Magpies" series may be what he is best known for, "Here to Stay" is clearly the natural product out of ideas, ways of writing and characters that have been developed in that series and other books. If were to recommend any novel, it would be "Here to Stay". If I were to recommend a Mark Edwards book to read, it would be "Here to Stay"... but don't stop there. Read this one, and then go and read all of his other books, you won't be disappointed. Whilst many books allow a degree of escapism and may sometimes stretch was is believable - the strength of "Here to Stay" (and Mark's other books) is just how scarily believable it all is. You can imagine yourself being drawn into situations like this or behaving like the characters do. At times that realisation provides a tension when reading the book which can be quite stressful. But don't give up. Mark's writing and story telling makes it all worthwhile in the end. Can't wait to see this book on the big screen one day.
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  • Karen M. Grimes
    January 1, 1970
    Mark is a favorite author of mine. I've read all of his books. I HATE reviews that give anything away, or go into much, if any, detail. So all I will say is that this is his best book by far, five stars all the way. A book should make you FEEL something --while you're reading it and after. The array of feelings that this book swirled within me is almost unprecedented, and still going on after the last page. Bravo, Mark!!
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  • Bridgett
    January 1, 1970
    We're the Robinsons--we're survivors. Holy shitzies, fellow readers! WHAT A ROLLER COASTER RIDE!I'm a long-time fan of Mark Edwards, but he truly outdid himself with this gem of a story. I started reading it about 6 hours ago, and I'm already finished. I couldn't put my Kindle down! The characters? All beautifully fleshed out, especially Elliot...as a reader, I could feel his pain, frustration, anger, and despair. In his shoes, I'd feel the exact same way. I found myself cheering him on through We're the Robinsons--we're survivors. Holy shitzies, fellow readers! WHAT A ROLLER COASTER RIDE!I'm a long-time fan of Mark Edwards, but he truly outdid himself with this gem of a story. I started reading it about 6 hours ago, and I'm already finished. I couldn't put my Kindle down! The characters? All beautifully fleshed out, especially Elliot...as a reader, I could feel his pain, frustration, anger, and despair. In his shoes, I'd feel the exact same way. I found myself cheering him on throughout the novel. The Robinson family...all so intensely vile--some of the best antagonists I've read this year. This book gave me ANXIETY, y'all. But in the best possible way. This isn't really a twisty novel...the whodunit is pretty obvious from the get-go, despite a few strategically placed red herrings. Right up to it's final moment, however, it's deliciously satisfying. I highly recommend this to virtually everyone...especially if you're looking for a high-octane, quick, and rewarding summer read. 4.5 explosive stars, rounded down!
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  • Dee Groocock
    January 1, 1970
    Elliot is happily single and living with his cat, Charlie. He thinks he is happy until he meets Gemma, who comes to visit on an open garden weekend. After a whirlwind romance, they get married. Then the in-laws, Jeff, Lizzy and their younger daughter descend on them, just for a couple of weeks. Before long, Elliot realises that they are the in-laws from hell and they have no intention of moving back out of his and Gemma’s home. They leave the house dirty, are rude to Elliot and put Gemma down al Elliot is happily single and living with his cat, Charlie. He thinks he is happy until he meets Gemma, who comes to visit on an open garden weekend. After a whirlwind romance, they get married. Then the in-laws, Jeff, Lizzy and their younger daughter descend on them, just for a couple of weeks. Before long, Elliot realises that they are the in-laws from hell and they have no intention of moving back out of his and Gemma’s home. They leave the house dirty, are rude to Elliot and put Gemma down all the time. Elliot’s home has been taken over. This is a fantastic psychological thriller that had me gripped. Just as you think you know what is going on, another twist is thrown in to show you actually have no idea! The book is so intense, my heart couldn’t stop pounding. Without a doubt, this is Mark Edwards best book to date. I highly recommend it.
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  • Emma Shaw
    January 1, 1970
    Another nail-biting, chilling tale of domestic noir from the man that Jennifer Hillier has rightly crowned "The King of domestic horror".Elliot Foster and Gemma Robinson meet one summer afternoon. She saves his life after a near-fatal bee sting and they fall hard and fast, marrying just two months later in Vegas. Elliot couldn't be happier. A few weeks after their wedding Gemma tells Elliot that her parents are moving back to the UK and asks if they can stay with them for a few weeks? Wanting to Another nail-biting, chilling tale of domestic noir from the man that Jennifer Hillier has rightly crowned "The King of domestic horror".Elliot Foster and Gemma Robinson meet one summer afternoon. She saves his life after a near-fatal bee sting and they fall hard and fast, marrying just two months later in Vegas. Elliot couldn't be happier. A few weeks after their wedding Gemma tells Elliot that her parents are moving back to the UK and asks if they can stay with them for a few weeks? Wanting to make his new wife happy, and to meet his new in-laws, Elliot agrees. It will be the biggest mistake he ever makes.This book is AMAZING! It started off slowly and while I was enjoying it, I didn't foresee just how horrifying, mind-blowing and simply incredible it would become. Though this being Mark Edwards I am also not surprised. Full disclosure: I am a huge fan of this author. Ever since I first read The Retreat last summer , which I loved the nod to in this novel, I haven't been able to get enough of his books. The Magpies trilogy is considered his greatest work, and it's antagonist, Lucy Newton, is one of the greatest villains I've read. But this story and it's villains give them both a run for their money. Do you think you've got the in-laws from hell? Well Elliot's are probably worse. I know I'd happily take my awful ex-mother-in-law over them any day! Jeff and Lizzy Robinson are two of the most despicable, repulsive, noxious, contemptible, foul and vile people I've ever had the displeasure of reading about. They turn Elliot's world upside down and inside out. They seem determined to not only take his home but destroy his entire life. It got me so angry reading how they behaved. Elliot is the all-round nice guy. He's worked hard and made a good life for himself, runs a non-profit working with underprivileged kids, thinks of others, is kind-hearted, and has finally met the woman of his dreams. Then the Robinsons threaten to take it all away. He gives them the benefit of the doubt over again, tell himself his suspicions are crazy and finds rational explanations for things. And every time they do something even worse. I didn't judge Elliot for some of his fantasies about what he'd like to do to them. I understood. How could you not loathe such toxic people.The Robinson siblings are the mysterious characters, especially Chloe who is deathly ill and locks herself away when they first move in. They all seem frightened of their parents are secretive about their childhood and what exactly has happened to make them all so scared. Though Gemma and Elliot are married it was all so fast he barely knows her, or her past, and as the story unfolds he realises just how little he knew before making such a big commitment and inviting her family to stay with them.I don't want to give any details away as the shocks add to the escalating horror and brilliance of this book. I highly recommend this edge-of-your-seat thriller; just be warned that it's a turbulent ride. And another thing...be careful who you invite to stay in your house. They just might never leave... Thank you to Mark Edwards, Amazon Publishing UK and NetGalley for the chance to read this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • C.L. Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Another blinder of a book by one of my favourite psychological thriller authors, Mark Edwards. What Mark does so brilliantly in all of his books is make you think, 'what would I do in this situation?' and in Here to Stay I was as flummoxed and frustrated as his main character, Elliot. What would you do if in-laws from hell turned up, moved in and refused to move out? There were surprises galore in this book and I said,'Oh no!' aloud, several times (you are a cruel man, Mark Edwards). Here to Sta Another blinder of a book by one of my favourite psychological thriller authors, Mark Edwards. What Mark does so brilliantly in all of his books is make you think, 'what would I do in this situation?' and in Here to Stay I was as flummoxed and frustrated as his main character, Elliot. What would you do if in-laws from hell turned up, moved in and refused to move out? There were surprises galore in this book and I said,'Oh no!' aloud, several times (you are a cruel man, Mark Edwards). Here to Stay is quite possibly Mark's best book to date. You can't help but root for Elliot whose perfectly ordered life is so cruelly disturbed and I frantically turned the pages, desperate to find out how he was going to get rid of his hellish mother and father in law. No spoilers but the ending had me holding my breath. Brilliantly entertaining, deviously plotted and utterly compelling. I loved it.
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  • Grace Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    I was very lucky to receive an advanced copy of this book to review.Mark Edwards has outdone himself with this book, his best book so far. From the first page to the last you are feeling the emotions and frustrations that Elliot the main character is feeling, especially with his in-laws from hell. At one point in the book I wanted to scream at Elliot to do something. The twists and turns in the book could happen in real life so not far fetched.The way Mark brought each character to life, it feel I was very lucky to receive an advanced copy of this book to review.Mark Edwards has outdone himself with this book, his best book so far. From the first page to the last you are feeling the emotions and frustrations that Elliot the main character is feeling, especially with his in-laws from hell. At one point in the book I wanted to scream at Elliot to do something. The twists and turns in the book could happen in real life so not far fetched.The way Mark brought each character to life, it feels like you knew them all personally. As you get closer to the end of the book you think it will end there BUT the ending is not what you would have expected.Would definitely recommend that you read this book as you will not be disappointed.
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  • Katie Heckerd
    January 1, 1970
    The author does a great job of having you get to know the main character and you learn throughout the pages to sympathize with his situation. I appreciated the twist. It was certainly a twist but a realistic one, which I appreciate. The psychological horror is real and Mark Edwards has done it again!! Overall, a great read.
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  • Tam Sesto
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Mark Edward’s books since I read my first one, Follow You Home. He has a way of drawing you in to the point that you can’t put the book down. I’m always amazed how how far I have read when I finally look up from the book. It takes me a minute or two to remember that it’s a story, and not my real world. I will warn you, if you start this book, you need to be sure you can read it all in one sitting as it will haunt you until you can get back to that world. Who doesn’t have an I have been a fan of Mark Edward’s books since I read my first one, Follow You Home. He has a way of drawing you in to the point that you can’t put the book down. I’m always amazed how how far I have read when I finally look up from the book. It takes me a minute or two to remember that it’s a story, and not my real world. I will warn you, if you start this book, you need to be sure you can read it all in one sitting as it will haunt you until you can get back to that world. Who doesn’t have an in-law that irritates them to no end. That’s the premise behind this book, pain in the ass in-laws who are making life miserable. Mark slowly builds up the animosity and tension between Elliot and his in-laws. He is excellent at that, and I found myself wanting to jump through my kindle screen and smack the shit out of his in-laws. I kept wanting to slide to the last chapter to be sure they got their dues. I did not though, and I was very happy I didn’t give in to my urges, because the ending is absolutely worth the wait.I thank Mark for offering to let me read an early copy of Here to Stay in exchange for an honest review. His writing gets gets better and better with each book. I’m excited to see what he writes in the future. A well deserve 5 stars.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    'A beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for' Elliot Foster has it all; a fabulous home, a job he loves and his cat, Charlie but then Gemma Robinson enters his life and sweeps him off his feet, within months they are married and living together in his house. When Gemma asks if her parents and sister Chloe, who are moving back to England from France, can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is only too happy to open his home to them, but it's not long before he's wishing he hadn't, 'A beautiful home. A loving wife. And in-laws to die for' Elliot Foster has it all; a fabulous home, a job he loves and his cat, Charlie but then Gemma Robinson enters his life and sweeps him off his feet, within months they are married and living together in his house. When Gemma asks if her parents and sister Chloe, who are moving back to England from France, can come to stay for a couple of weeks, he is only too happy to open his home to them, but it's not long before he's wishing he hadn't, when they declare they have no intention of going anywhere. Elliot believes there's more to their sudden return to the UK and decides to look into their past, but will he like what he hears and how will it affect the life he has built and his future with Gemma?I adored Elliot, his character was so likeable and to begin with I thought Gemma was lovely and just what he needed, but you know what they say about first impressions.... The Robinsons were the in laws from hell and I frequently inwardly screamed at my kindle for Elliot to 'man up' and sort them out!! If you've read The Magpies by this author and thought that was twisted you really need to read this one, it's off the scale!! I thought Mark Edwards had thrown every twist he could in this book until he hit me with the final, very unexpected one which was like a sucker punch to the gut, where the hell did that come from?? Pure genius Mr Edwards, you didn’t just smash this one, you knocked it right out of the park!! This has just become one of my top ten books of 2019 so far. I'd like to thank Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book, I will post my review on Goodreads now and on Amazon on publication day.
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    You know a book is good when it makes you feel ALL the feelings on the emotional spectrum from shock to disbelief to frustrated rage and back. Then you stay up way too late on a work night trying to finish it because it makes your made up word unputdownable seem insufficient for the situation. Elliot meets Gemma during his open garden event. He has the misfortune of discovering that he's allergic to bees in front of her, but she races to save his life, and in the whirlwind that follows, he decid You know a book is good when it makes you feel ALL the feelings on the emotional spectrum from shock to disbelief to frustrated rage and back. Then you stay up way too late on a work night trying to finish it because it makes your made up word unputdownable seem insufficient for the situation. Elliot meets Gemma during his open garden event. He has the misfortune of discovering that he's allergic to bees in front of her, but she races to save his life, and in the whirlwind that follows, he decides he's not wasting another minute of his life. In record time, they've gone from dating to married, and between his perfect gig helping impoverished school kids learn about science, his gorgeous wife, and his beautifully restored huge home, life is perfect. Until the in laws from hell move in with their virus stricken daughter, after his new wife seems to unwillingly persuade him into letting them stay with them. Life goes to hell in a handbasket FAST. These people are truly awful. Mark Edwards has created characters that will make your knuckles clench white, will make your shoulders begin to inch up toward your shoulders, you'll find yourself getting angry on behalf of the protagonist; these characters fairly leap off the page and they are gross, gross, gross in the best way. Once Elliot and her parents truly begin to take action against each other, the tension ratchets up to a truly climactic ending. Edwards is the literary king of twisty endings and I absolutely love reading his books for that thrilling twist, not knowing where it's going to come from. This did not disappoint. My favorite by far to date, out of so many great books!
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  • John
    January 1, 1970
    Elliot has an almost perfect life. He is happy in a career which has led to him running a successful business teaching science to underprivileged children, and content to come home to just his cat Charlie in the house that he worked hard to lovingly restore. Then along comes Gemma who visits Elliot's house on an open garden's weekend, and the two fall head over heels in love with each other and marry within two months. Gemma's parents, Jeff and Lizzie come to stay for two weeks along with Gemma' Elliot has an almost perfect life. He is happy in a career which has led to him running a successful business teaching science to underprivileged children, and content to come home to just his cat Charlie in the house that he worked hard to lovingly restore. Then along comes Gemma who visits Elliot's house on an open garden's weekend, and the two fall head over heels in love with each other and marry within two months. Gemma's parents, Jeff and Lizzie come to stay for two weeks along with Gemma's strange sister Chloe. Elliot who was orphaned after his parent's died in a tragic accident, was more than happy to become part of a family again and naturally welcomed them. However, it soon became apparent that this was the family from hell who had no intentions of leaving. Jeff was physically a big man and a force to be reckoned with, and Elliot who was non-violent by nature was soon to go out of his mind.Having your home taken over by people who have no respect for you or your property would be most people's worst nightmare.Written in the first person as Elliot, in the three days it took me to read this I had become Elliot, taking on his stress, fear and anger. The master of psychological thrillers, Mark Edwards who wrote 'The Magpies' has excelled himself with 'Here to Stay.' If I had to choose one word to describe this book it would be Nightmare, which in psychological thriller terms is meant in a good way.
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  • Tom Stretton
    January 1, 1970
    Mark Edwards has produced yet another gem in the psychological thriller genre with 'Here To Stay'. A tale of London based scientist orphan, Elliot Foster, who has always been a little too consumed by his work to find the right person to settle down with, despite owning what is potentially the perfect family home. That all changes when he meets beautiful Gemma Robinson though and after falling madly for this woman, he finds himself married and seemingly on top of the world in the space of a coupl Mark Edwards has produced yet another gem in the psychological thriller genre with 'Here To Stay'. A tale of London based scientist orphan, Elliot Foster, who has always been a little too consumed by his work to find the right person to settle down with, despite owning what is potentially the perfect family home. That all changes when he meets beautiful Gemma Robinson though and after falling madly for this woman, he finds himself married and seemingly on top of the world in the space of a couple of months. Elliot truly believes that nothing can bring him down from this cloud of euphoria on which he's sailing, that is until Gemma tells him that her parents are coming to stay for a couple of weeks. Elliot is at first absolutely delighted to welcome his new in-laws into their home and is actually excited to have a whole new family around him, that is until strange and ghastly things start happening all around him shortly after their arrival and soon he realises that the in-laws from hell aren't actually only here for a short stay, they're 'Here To Stay' and they've got a dark secret following them around too. What follows is a gripping series of events culminating in an ending that will take your breath away.This is one of the very best offerings from Mark Edwards to date and is another nailed on 5 star read.
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  • Amber Rothermel
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Where to begin. To start, I am a big Mark Edwards fan. Previously, my favorite book of his had been Follow You Home. I can now say this book has taken its place. From start to end- utterly gripping. I love a book that appeals to all emotions, and this is one of them. I couldn’t help but to feel anger towards the antagonists ( Lizzy and Jeff) and put myself in Elliot’s shoes. I also found myself liking Elliot and even Gemma despite her role in Elliot’s terror. I really enjoyed how descriptiv Wow. Where to begin. To start, I am a big Mark Edwards fan. Previously, my favorite book of his had been Follow You Home. I can now say this book has taken its place. From start to end- utterly gripping. I love a book that appeals to all emotions, and this is one of them. I couldn’t help but to feel anger towards the antagonists ( Lizzy and Jeff) and put myself in Elliot’s shoes. I also found myself liking Elliot and even Gemma despite her role in Elliot’s terror. I really enjoyed how descriptive the book was as well. I could easily picture the characters and the settings described in the book almost as if it was a movie. I found the book was hard to put down, and just when you think you know what’s going on, BAM a twist. It was a very enjoyable read, I would highly recommend reading! Without giving away spoilers, I would have to say my favorite part of the book was the end and how the book left us to use our imagination on what could happen next. Don’t get me wrong, it has a very satisfying ending, however we can only imagine what other shenanigans Elliot will get himself into. I look forward to more books written by Mark Edwards as there hasn’t been a single one that I haven’t enjoyed. This one just happens to be my new favorite.
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  • RedRedtheycallmeRed
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't even look at any of the other Kindle First picks for this month, as soon as I saw Mark Edwards name I was in! This is the fifth book of his I've read and I've yet to be disappointed.I love how Edwards' books are always about ordinary people who find themselves in situations where eventually they just go "How did it come to this?" In this case it was how Elliot got the in-laws from hell. He jumps into marriage after a life altering event and the his in-laws come for a short stay (HA!) an I didn't even look at any of the other Kindle First picks for this month, as soon as I saw Mark Edwards name I was in! This is the fifth book of his I've read and I've yet to be disappointed.I love how Edwards' books are always about ordinary people who find themselves in situations where eventually they just go "How did it come to this?" In this case it was how Elliot got the in-laws from hell. He jumps into marriage after a life altering event and the his in-laws come for a short stay (HA!) and they just decide not to leave. Elliot TELLS them to leave and they just say no. In the acknowledgements the author writes about how he consulted someone about the legalities of kicking someone out after you've invited them to stay (my advice is to let people know what local hotels are close).This book made me extremely anxious and angry while reading. I was outraged on Elliot's behalf! Everything keeps escalating and the last part of the book is crazy in the most entertaining way.
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  • Mary Cole
    January 1, 1970
    The last time I read a book in one sitting was back in high school. My favorite author, Mark Edwards has outdone himself with this book. His best one yet. The story, the character development and the twists and turns are incredible. You feel every emotion that the main character, Elliot experiences - joy, concern, frustration, sadness, contempt, guilt, rage, defeat and finally, acceptance. His beloved happy home is turned into chaos when his new in-laws, Jeff and Lizzie and Chloe move in indefin The last time I read a book in one sitting was back in high school. My favorite author, Mark Edwards has outdone himself with this book. His best one yet. The story, the character development and the twists and turns are incredible. You feel every emotion that the main character, Elliot experiences - joy, concern, frustration, sadness, contempt, guilt, rage, defeat and finally, acceptance. His beloved happy home is turned into chaos when his new in-laws, Jeff and Lizzie and Chloe move in indefinitely. As the story developes, the reader instinctively knows that this is going down a dark path and you are helpless to stop it. You are screaming internally, "Elliot, No, No No! Please do yourself a favor. Find a comfortable chair, pour a cool drink, turn off your phone and carve out some time for no distractions. This is a thriller you do not want to miss. Thank you, Mr. Edwards for doing what you do - scaring us to death and making us love it!
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  • Maddy Cordell
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book and I read it in a day- finally finishing at 2.44am! Definitely a book you can’t put down. My only warning is that you will be so disturbed and full of adrenaline when you finish that you won’t be able to sleep!The book is about Elliot, who has managed to buy and decorate his perfect house on the appropriately named Cuckoo Lane. He loves the house but would like someone to share it. When the very beautiful Gemma turns up at his house fo I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book and I read it in a day- finally finishing at 2.44am! Definitely a book you can’t put down. My only warning is that you will be so disturbed and full of adrenaline when you finish that you won’t be able to sleep!The book is about Elliot, who has managed to buy and decorate his perfect house on the appropriately named Cuckoo Lane. He loves the house but would like someone to share it. When the very beautiful Gemma turns up at his house for an open gardens day, and then saves his life, he realises life is too short to waste, and he asks her to marry him very quickly.Elliot’s life seems wonderful until Gemma’s parents ask to move in for a couple of weeks with Gemma’s sister Chloe. Elliot is happy to agree until he realises he has invited a family of the worst type of Cuckoos into his wonderful home, and life will never be the same again!If you liked The Magpies, you will LOVE this book. Mark Edwards at his very best.
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  • Maddy Cordell
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book and I read it in a day- finally finishing at 2.44am! Definitely a book you can’t put down. My only warning is that you will be so disturbed and full of adrenaline when you finish that you won’t be able to sleep!The book is about Elliot, who has managed to buy and decorate his perfect house on the appropriately named Cuckoo Lane. He loves the house but would like someone to share it. When the very beautiful Gemma turns up at his house fo I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book and I read it in a day- finally finishing at 2.44am! Definitely a book you can’t put down. My only warning is that you will be so disturbed and full of adrenaline when you finish that you won’t be able to sleep!The book is about Elliot, who has managed to buy and decorate his perfect house on the appropriately named Cuckoo Lane. He loves the house but would like someone to share it. When the very beautiful Gemma turns up at his house for an open gardens day, and then saves his life, he realises life is too short to waste, and he asks her to marry him very quickly.Elliot’s life seems wonderful until Gemma’s parents ask to move in for a couple of weeks with Gemma’s sister Chloe. Elliot is happy to agree until he realises he has invited a family of the worst type of Cuckoos into his wonderful home, and life will never be the same again!If you liked The Magpies, you will LOVE this book. Mark Edwards at his very best.
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  • Fiona Mccormick
    January 1, 1970
    I am a huge fan of Mark Edwards so I was delighted to have the opportunity to read his newest book as an arc. This one is just as good as all his others, I certainly wasn't disappointed.The Robinsons are the in-laws from hell. Elliot and Gemma have a whirlwind romance with Gemma quickly moving into Elliot's large, well ordered bachelor pad. When Gemma's parents and sister need a place to stay for a short while, Elliot suggests they move into his house temporarily. However, things do not go as pl I am a huge fan of Mark Edwards so I was delighted to have the opportunity to read his newest book as an arc. This one is just as good as all his others, I certainly wasn't disappointed.The Robinsons are the in-laws from hell. Elliot and Gemma have a whirlwind romance with Gemma quickly moving into Elliot's large, well ordered bachelor pad. When Gemma's parents and sister need a place to stay for a short while, Elliot suggests they move into his house temporarily. However, things do not go as planned!This book has a continuous feeling of dread, things get darker and darker and you wonder how bad things are going to get. Your home is supposed to be your safe place, your sanctuary, and the threat of that security being disrupted is extremely unsettling. I would say this is fairly reminiscent of the author's excellent debut, The Magpies as the themes are quite similar. Fantastic book, very unsettling and sinister, I would certainly recommend it.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Best-selling author Mark Edwards has out done himself again in his newest psychological thriller. I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Here to Stay is a must read and by far one of the best books that I have ever read! In the story , our main character Elliot marries a woman named Gemma - in a whirlwind marriage. Shortly after getting married , Gemma announces that her family will be returning to England and would like to stay with Elliot and Gemma until they are able to find a place Best-selling author Mark Edwards has out done himself again in his newest psychological thriller. I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Here to Stay is a must read and by far one of the best books that I have ever read! In the story , our main character Elliot marries a woman named Gemma - in a whirlwind marriage. Shortly after getting married , Gemma announces that her family will be returning to England and would like to stay with Elliot and Gemma until they are able to find a place their own. Elliot soon realizes that his in-laws are very odd and don’t have any intentions on leaving. When strange events and murders begin to happen - Elliot begins to believe his in-laws are responsible. Here to Stay takes readers on a thrill ride from start to finish. A cleverly written modern day who-done-it story with captivating twists and turns that is sure keep readers engaged for a long time .
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  • Mary Cole
    January 1, 1970
    The last time I read a book in one sitting was back in high school. My favorite author, Mark Edwards has outdone himself with this book. His best one yet. The story, the character development and the twists and turns are incredible. You feel every emotion that the main character, Elliot experiences - joy, concern, frustration, sadness, contempt, guilt, rage, defeat and finally, acceptance. His beloved happy home is turned into chaos when his new in-laws, Jeff and Lizzie and Chloe move in indefin The last time I read a book in one sitting was back in high school. My favorite author, Mark Edwards has outdone himself with this book. His best one yet. The story, the character development and the twists and turns are incredible. You feel every emotion that the main character, Elliot experiences - joy, concern, frustration, sadness, contempt, guilt, rage, defeat and finally, acceptance. His beloved happy home is turned into chaos when his new in-laws, Jeff and Lizzie and Chloe move in indefinitely. As the story developes, the reader instinctively knows that this is going down a dark path and you are helpless to stop it. You are screaming internally, "Elliot, No, No No! Please do yourself a favor. Find a comfortable chair, pour a cool drink, turn off your phone and carve out some time for no distractions. This is a thriller you do not want to miss. Thank you, Mr. Edwards for doing what you do - scaring us to death and making us love it!
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  • Allison Valentine
    January 1, 1970
    You know when a book is fantastic when you stay up until the small hours of the morning room finish it.Elliot's life is almost complete, beautiful house, own company teaching unprivileged children science. Only thing missing is someone to share it with.Gemma comes into Elliot's life after he hosted a open garden event and after having a allergy to a bee sting Gemma rushes Elliot to hospital. After a couple of months together they decide to go to Vegas and get married, everything was perfect unti You know when a book is fantastic when you stay up until the small hours of the morning room finish it.Elliot's life is almost complete, beautiful house, own company teaching unprivileged children science. Only thing missing is someone to share it with.Gemma comes into Elliot's life after he hosted a open garden event and after having a allergy to a bee sting Gemma rushes Elliot to hospital. After a couple of months together they decide to go to Vegas and get married, everything was perfect until Gemma asks if he parent's and sister can come and stay for a couple of weeks. The end to a perfect marriage? The In-law's obviously have problems and the sister Chloe really isn't the full ticket. This book has so many twists and turns to the story line that you never know what is coming next.An absolute must read. One of the best novel's so far this year.
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  • Renee Horgan
    January 1, 1970
    Get ready for a good read! Make your pot of coffee (or tea) and get comfortable, as you will not be able to put this book down. Mark Edwards has created another exceptional domestic horror story! Our hero, Elliot, has made a fine living for himself as a respected science teacher and recent entrepreneur. Gemma unexpectedly comes into his life and sweeps him off his feet. He is ready to share his life with this beautiful and seemingly perfect, young woman. They have a whirlwind courtship and marry Get ready for a good read! Make your pot of coffee (or tea) and get comfortable, as you will not be able to put this book down. Mark Edwards has created another exceptional domestic horror story! Our hero, Elliot, has made a fine living for himself as a respected science teacher and recent entrepreneur. Gemma unexpectedly comes into his life and sweeps him off his feet. He is ready to share his life with this beautiful and seemingly perfect, young woman. They have a whirlwind courtship and marry within a few months. Now his life is perfect with the woman he loves. Or so he thinks. Her parents, the Robinsons, with dysfunctional sister Chloe in tow, arrive for a two week visit. Two weeks come and go. That’s the least of his problems! There are a lot of things that just don’t add up, and the in-laws are quickly becoming intolerable, encroaching on every aspect of their lives. His life becomes an unimaginable tragedy as he tries to make sense of everything and stay true to his code of ethics. You will find yourself screaming in frustration at Elliott! The character development is exceptional. One can easily identify with Elliot resisting to think the worst of his new family. There are so many twists and turns, you won’t know who to trust. You have to wonder if you could fall prey to such deception and ruin! Thank you again Mark Edwards for such a chilling and mind-blowing tale!
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  • Dee Groocock
    January 1, 1970
    Elliot is happily single and living with his cat, Charlie. He thinks he is happy until he meets Gemma, who comes to visit on an open garden weekend. After a whirlwind romance, they get married. Then the in-laws, Jeff, Lizzy and their younger daughter descend on them, just for a couple of weeks. Before long, Elliot realises that they are the in-laws from hell and they have no intention of moving back out of his and Gemma’s home. They leave the house dirty, are rude to Elliot and put Gemma down al Elliot is happily single and living with his cat, Charlie. He thinks he is happy until he meets Gemma, who comes to visit on an open garden weekend. After a whirlwind romance, they get married. Then the in-laws, Jeff, Lizzy and their younger daughter descend on them, just for a couple of weeks. Before long, Elliot realises that they are the in-laws from hell and they have no intention of moving back out of his and Gemma’s home. They leave the house dirty, are rude to Elliot and put Gemma down all the time. Elliot’s home has been taken over. This is a fantastic psychological thriller that had me gripped. Just as you think you know what is going on, another twist is thrown in to show you actually have no idea! The book is so intense, my heart couldn’t stop pounding. Without a doubt, this is Mark Edwards best book to date. I highly recommend it.
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  • Veronica Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    I've read books that claimed they would be a rollercoaster ride of emotions, but none of them have truly delivered that until Here to Stay.There were times my heart rate would rise (verified by my Fitbit!) from the anxiety the characters caused. There were times I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room from anger. There were times I was confused and wasn't even sure what to feel!I won't recap the description of the story since it is already out there, but if you read this and don't get wound I've read books that claimed they would be a rollercoaster ride of emotions, but none of them have truly delivered that until Here to Stay.There were times my heart rate would rise (verified by my Fitbit!) from the anxiety the characters caused. There were times I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room from anger. There were times I was confused and wasn't even sure what to feel!I won't recap the description of the story since it is already out there, but if you read this and don't get wound up, I want to know how on earth you keep your head about you. Just put yourself in the main character's shoes and buckle up for an emotional ride.Mark Edwards is by far one of my favorite authors. His writing style is fast paced, lots of dialogue and always a pleasure to read. I can't wait to get this one in print.
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  • Colleen Crego
    January 1, 1970
    If you aren’t a Mark Edwards fan, then you haven’t read any of his books. His latest lives up to his other works and he continues to truly surprise his readers. “Here to Stay” gave me everything I could hope for - a connection to the protagonist, a ton of suspense, and (YES!!!) an unexpected journey with lots of twists. This book was like reading my worst nightmare - how do you deal with family that overstays their welcome?? The situations were uncomfortable, but you are hooked to keep reading b If you aren’t a Mark Edwards fan, then you haven’t read any of his books. His latest lives up to his other works and he continues to truly surprise his readers. “Here to Stay” gave me everything I could hope for - a connection to the protagonist, a ton of suspense, and (YES!!!) an unexpected journey with lots of twists. This book was like reading my worst nightmare - how do you deal with family that overstays their welcome?? The situations were uncomfortable, but you are hooked to keep reading because you really just don’t know where the story will take you next. I am literally sad every time I finish one of his books because I know I have to read something that won’t as gripping! I am looking forward to reading a lot more from Mark Edwards!
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  • Ashleigh Norton
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! I knew what to expect having read many of Mark Edwards books before and I was in no way disappointed.I was completely hooked right away and finished in record time. The story is so beautifully and creepily done and it keeps you guessing until the end. It made me angry at times, creeped me out, made me uneasy and I'm pretty sure I even cheered at one point. The characters are so well written and Mark tends to have the ability to take ordinary people and situations and tur Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! I knew what to expect having read many of Mark Edwards books before and I was in no way disappointed.I was completely hooked right away and finished in record time. The story is so beautifully and creepily done and it keeps you guessing until the end. It made me angry at times, creeped me out, made me uneasy and I'm pretty sure I even cheered at one point. The characters are so well written and Mark tends to have the ability to take ordinary people and situations and turn them into complete nightmares that keep you turning the pages!I don't want to put any details of the book because I think it's more fun to make discoveries of each character as you go through but this is a must read!
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  • Leila Rae Bush
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, I didn't think Mark Edwards could write a book that would make me think about bumping The Magpies out of my favorite book spot, but I think he's done it with Here To Stay! This book takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions while reading it...happy, sad, maddening, frustrated, and downright angry. My heart was racing, and it even felt like I was having heart palpitations a few times, and I definitely wanted to throat punch these fictional characters more than a couple of times. It made Wow, I didn't think Mark Edwards could write a book that would make me think about bumping The Magpies out of my favorite book spot, but I think he's done it with Here To Stay! This book takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions while reading it...happy, sad, maddening, frustrated, and downright angry. My heart was racing, and it even felt like I was having heart palpitations a few times, and I definitely wanted to throat punch these fictional characters more than a couple of times. It made me realize how nice it is to have great in-laws, and not ones like Lizzy and Jeff...they truly are the in-laws from hell. I'd like to thank Mark Edwards and the publisher Thomas & Mercer for allowing me to read an ARC of this.
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  • Nicola Southall
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved all of Mark Edwards books and just as I think he can’t get any better he comes up with Here to Stay and has excelled himself. It was difficult to pick my favourite book by him but I think this one has the edge.I picked it up and didn’t want to put it down. I was on the edge of my seat shouting at my kindle. It was gripping and fast paced and I don’t know what more I can say I was left speechless (that doesn’t happen often)Elliot is living a quiet life and is happy, Gemma comes into I have loved all of Mark Edwards books and just as I think he can’t get any better he comes up with Here to Stay and has excelled himself. It was difficult to pick my favourite book by him but I think this one has the edge.I picked it up and didn’t want to put it down. I was on the edge of my seat shouting at my kindle. It was gripping and fast paced and I don’t know what more I can say I was left speechless (that doesn’t happen often)Elliot is living a quiet life and is happy, Gemma comes into his life and like a whirlwind they get married.Then he meets his in laws....This is a definite must read If I could give more than 5* I would. Best book I’ve read this year
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