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

Title: The Last Guests

Author: J.P. Pomare

Published: July 28th 2021

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Pages: 336

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Thriller, Suspense

RRP: $32.99

Rating: 4 stars

Ever have the feeling you’re being watched? A smart, unsettling, unputdownable literary thriller from the award-winning, critically acclaimed writer

Lina and Cain
 are doing their best to stay afloat. Money has been tight since Cain returned from active duty, and starting a family is proving harder than they thought.

Putting Lina’s inherited lake house up for rent at weekends seems like the solution to at least one of their problems. The secluded house is more of a burden than a retreat, anyway, and fixing up the old place makes Cain feel useful for once.

But letting strangers stay in their house might not be the best idea. Someone is watching – their most mundane tasks, their most intimate moments – and all the things Lina and Cain want to keep hidden will be exposed.

A darkly riveting psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Call Me Evie, In the Clearing and Tell Me Lies.


The winner of the Ngaio Marsh Award, J.P. Pomare, dazzles his readers yet again with his latest thriller chiller. The Last Guests is a story of intense scrutiny, voyeurism, morality, trauma and exposure. I devoured this bombastic mystery tale in just a day!

Imagine opening up your home to a group of strangers – without your knowledge or permission. This is the spine-tingling premise of The Last Guests, a novel from thriller expert J.P. Pomare that will send shivers down your spine. Meet Lina and Cain, a couple who are struggling to keep their finances in order. Cain is a recently returned solider, who now carries the weight of his experiences, along with his inability to have a family with his partner Lina. With relations strained between Lina and Cain, a decision is made to rent out Lina’s inheritance, a pretty but secluded property. As Cain works to get the property up to scratch for potential tenants, a shadowy presence is observing the couple’s movements. Will Cain and Lina’s deepest secrets be revealed and who is watching them? 

J.P. Pomare is quickly becoming one of my favourite writers in the psychological thriller domain. Since its release back in July 2021, The Last Guests has collected many glowing reviews. Pomare is an author who is going from strength to strength with each new book he releases and The Last Guests is fantastic tale that compliments Pomare’s growing collection of engaging thrillers.  

Pomare is unafraid of tackling some rather hard hitting and weighty themes in this latest offering. With conflicts raised in terms of relationship strain, trauma, financial stress, addiction, obsession, infertility and the umbrella theme of cyber voyeurism, The Last Guests is an involving novel. I enjoyed being offered an opportunity to play detective and formulate all sorts of theories as to what was happening in The Last Guests. Pomare’s novel features a very taut plot and I felt on edge for the duration of the tale. With a strong focus on the actions of the characters and their inner workings, this one will keep you on your toes. Pomare issues his readers with plenty of plot diversions, red herrings and storyline possibilities. I didn’t pick the direction of this novel at all, even at the final resting point. I think this is a sign that Pomare completely duped me. What a sensational writer!

With a premise that could easily be found dominating the news headlines, The Last Guests is another titillating thriller from J.P. Pomare.

The Last Guests by J.P. Pomare is published by Hachette Australia on July 28th 2021. $32.99.


To learn more about the author of The Last Guests, J.P. Pomare, visit here.

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