The Night Guest

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Pub Date Sep 03 2024 | Archive Date Sep 10 2024


Hildur Knutsdottir's The Night Guest is an eerie and ensnaring story set in contemporary Reykjavík that’s sure to keep you awake at night.

Iðunn is in yet another doctor's office. She knows her constant fatigue is a sign that something's not right, but practitioners dismiss her symptoms and blood tests haven't revealed any cause.

When she talks to friends and family about it, the refrain is the same — have you tried eating better? exercising more? establishing a nighttime routine? She tries to follow their advice, buying everything from vitamins to sleeping pills to a step-counting watch. Nothing helps.

Until one night Iðunn falls asleep with the watch on, and wakes up to find she’s walked over 40,000 steps in the night . . .

What is happening when she’s asleep? Why is she waking up with increasingly disturbing injuries? And why won’t anyone believe her?

Hildur Knutsdottir's The Night Guest is an eerie and ensnaring story set in contemporary Reykjavík that’s sure to keep you awake at night.

Iðunn is in yet another doctor's office. She knows her...

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The Night Guest is such a fun and fast read I highly suggest this novella for many reasons. First, it's set in Iceland, while the setting isn't extraordinarily descriptive within the narrative, I always gravitate towards books set in Iceland and it does amp up the spooky feel if you've been to Iceland you know the feeling. Our main character is also very relatable, she is a woman who is experiencing non-descript physical symptoms that have been dismissed time and time again by doctors. Nothing is showing up in her blood work and all she wants is answers or even just a doctor who cares and takes her symptoms seriously. Everything changes after she takes the suggestion to walk more and increase her physical activity, she buys a step-tracking device and discovers that her nighttime activity is through the roof. This novella is the perfect length for this fun little story!

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Woooooo, this is creepy! Iðunn keeps waking up as bone tired as if she hasn’t slept at all. She gradually starts to realize that something is happening at night after she falls asleep, something seriously wrong. And if she tries to stop it…she gets punished.

The less said about this novella, the better, although I will put a very heavy trigger warning on this for multiple violent animal deaths. If you’re a cat lover, especially, you should never read this.

There are a couple of open door sex scenes, and the gore content is way up there.

Still, it’s a quick, intense read, and it sufficiently creeped me out, enough to start a more innocuous book before I try to get to sleep. 😉😱

I received an advance eARC from NetGalley and Tor Publishing Group/Tor Nightfire in exchange for my honest feedback (thanks!). Also, Mary Robinette Kowal not only introduced the author to her own agent, but Kowal translated this from Icelandic! Thanks for helping to get this published!

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This should be a movie!
Very creepy novella that will definitely stick with you. Iðunn keeps waking up not rested and as the days go on, bruised, cut and injured. She sees a doctor, but is seemingly healthy. She decides to eat better and start exercising more. She purchases a watch with a pedometer. One morning she wakes to find she has walked over 45,000 steps. WHAT. THENNNNNN…..the neighborhood cats start to disappear…

I read this very quickly, couldn’t put it down. The ending was definitely STRANGE and a bit confusing. I think I went back and re-read the last few chapters three or four times to make sure that I wasn’t missing anything. Despite the weird ending, the book was still very enthralling and I didn’t want it to end.

Thank you to NetGalley and Tor Publishing for the digital copy for me to review. I cannot wait to read more from this author.

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