Hagen Carmichael's Review // An Unwanted Guest

An Unwanted Guest// Shari Lapena


Publication: August 7, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller; Murder Thriller; Women's Contemporary Fiction

Pages: 304

Pace: Fast-Paced
It's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.
So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity--and all contact with the outside world--the guests settle in and try to make the best of it.
Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead--it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.
Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm--and one another.Source.

Though I expect nothing else from the author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House, this novel is spectacular.
This novel began and I knew it was going to a new favorite. I love creepy novels set in remote and gorgeous areas. Lapena does a great job of describing the setting of the beautiful and eerie snow, the old and grand hotel, and the myriad different, and strange, guests who are keeping their own secrets.
When the guests begin dying, I didn't know who, or what, to believe. I read many mysteries and pride myself on figuring out whodunnit, but this novel had me stumped. I frequented skipped back to search for foreshadowing, and though I found it, the novel was so well-written that I was truly invested in the ending.


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