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The Spare Room

Andrea Bartz

Reader Score


63% of readers

recommend this book

Staying with a friend and her husband is sexier--and deadlier--than anyone could have imagined, in this "delightfully salacious" (Shondaland) domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Reese's Book Club pick We Were Never Here.

"A fresh and sexy ride, perfect for reading poolside."--People (Best New Book)

"Sexy, atmospheric, deliciously creepy, and ingeniously plotted: the best kind of up-all-night page-turner."--Lucy Foley, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Apartment and The Guest List

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Elle, PopSugar, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, CrimeReads

Kelly's new life in Philadelphia has turned into a nightmare: She's friendless and jobless, and the lockdown has her trapped in a tiny apartment with the man she gave up everything for, who's just called off their wedding. The only bright spot is her newly rekindled friendship with her childhood friend Sabrina--now a glamorous bestselling author with a handsome, high-powered husband.

When Sabrina and Nathan offer Kelly an escape hatch, volunteering the spare room of their remote Virginia mansion, she jumps at the chance to run away from her old life. There, Kelly secretly finds herself falling for both her enchanting hosts--until one night, a wild and unexpected threesome leads the couple to open their marriage for her.

At first, Kelly loves being part of this risqué new world. But when she discovers that the last woman they invited into their marriage is missing, she starts to wonder if they could be dangerous . . . and if she might be next.

Packed with Andrea Bartz's signature tension, twists, and toxic relationships, The Spare Room marks an edgy, boundary-pushing new direction from the "master of the 'feminist thriller'" (Los Angeles Times).

Book Details

  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Publish Date: Jun 20th, 2023
  • Pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.30in - 6.30in - 1.30in - 1.25lb
  • EAN: 9781984820495
  • Categories: Thrillers - SuspenseWomenPsychological

About the Author

Andrea Bartz, a Brooklyn-based journalist, is the New York Times bestselling author of We Were Never Here, The Herd, and The Lost Night. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, Martha Stewart Living, Elle, and many other outlets, and she's held editorial positions at Glamour, Psychology Today, and Self, among other publications.

Praise for this book

"The novel is delightfully salacious and rampant with suspense and sex, and there's a reason why Bartz is known as a hitmaker in the field."--Shondaland

"Andrea Bartz has returned to deliver. This suspense story set in a Virginia mansion features some eyebrow-raising twists, especially when protagonist Kelly finds herself charmed by her hosts--and welcomed into their bed."--Elle

"A fresh and sexy ride, perfect for reading poolside."--People

"Bartz always brings a healthy portion of social satire and incisive observation to her thrillers."--CrimeReads

"An enticing, twisty, and seductive thriller about obsession, desire, and revenge."--Nita Prose, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maid

"Bartz's latest showstopper kept me up all night turning pages. Propulsive and sexy, The Spare Room left me gasping for air as I followed its main character into the fiery heart of a dark, complicated romance. Kelly Doyle must contend not only with two new lovers but her own expectations surrounding relationships and sexuality. This is one visit you won't want to end."--Ana Reyes, New York Times bestselling author of The House in the Pines

"I love a story where a woman throws convention to the wind and has to deal with messy consequences, and The Spare Room does it brilliantly. I never knew what would happen next! This book offers a delicious mix of romance and mystery that I couldn't get enough of."--Marie Rutkoski, New York Times bestselling author of Real Easy

"With its dazzling prose, fascinating dynamics between characters, and dark, twisty plot, The Spare Room has all the trademarks of an Andrea Bartz novel--while being her sexiest and most exciting book yet. I couldn't stop turning the pages; some of these scenes will be seared into my brain forever."--Megan Collins, author of The Family Plot, Behind the Red Door, and The Winter Sister

"Rife with tension, taut desire, and jaw-dropping twists, The Spare Room lures us into a moneyed world as gothic as it is glamorous, where the difference between romantic dreams--and murderous nightmares--quickly becomes impossible to decipher. . . . A sensuous, spine-tingling thriller that's impossible to put down!"--Leah Konen, author of The Perfect Escape, You Should Have Told Me, and All the Broken People