An Unwanted Guest
New from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the HouseA weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting awayIt'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 for the long haul. 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.

An Unwanted Guest Details

TitleAn Unwanted Guest
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherPamela Dorman Books
ISBN-139780525557623
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

An Unwanted Guest Review

  • Miriam Smith
    January 1, 1970
    I loved Shari Lapena's previous books "The Couple Next Door" and "A Stranger In The House" and couldn't wait to start reading this, her latest thriller "An Unwanted Guest". It didn't disappoint and I have to admit that this one is actually my favourite of the three and in my opinion her best yet.The intriguing plot echoes an Agatha Christie style murder mystery and is set during a freezing cold and violent ice storm that leaves the guests at an isolated hotel stranded without power. As the guest I loved Shari Lapena's previous books "The Couple Next Door" and "A Stranger In The House" and couldn't wait to start reading this, her latest thriller "An Unwanted Guest". It didn't disappoint and I have to admit that this one is actually my favourite of the three and in my opinion her best yet.The intriguing plot echoes an Agatha Christie style murder mystery and is set during a freezing cold and violent ice storm that leaves the guests at an isolated hotel stranded without power. As the guests (each with their own story or deep buried secret) start to die in mysterious circumstances, the terrifying suspense is instantly ratcheted up, therefore making the book impossible to put down. I really did find it gripping and since we are currently experiencing an uncomfortable heatwave this book certainly cools you down. The descriptions of the ice and snow and freezing conditions in the hotel made me feel as if I was there with the guests and since the author brings her brilliant characters to life each one felt exceedingly real. I like plots where you can try to guess the murderer in a realistic scenario and I have to admit I did get the killer wrong. The ending was very well plotted and thought out and from start to finish I thoroughly enjoyed reading this compelling and suspenseful book. I very much look forward to more by Lapena in the future, I like her writing style, plot lines and her ability to engage the reader and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this page turner of a book to thriller readers young and old and especially those that love a good old fashioned whodunnit murder mystery! 5 stars
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    A quiet weekend in the country, far away from the stress of the outside world sounds like a dream getaway! Mitchell Inn is a warm and inviting Inn which is nestled deep in the forest. Snow is covering the ground adding to the Inn's beauty and charm. It's a place for lovers to enjoy time together, a place where an Author can work on her book, a man can enjoy some alone time, friends can re-connect, and for a couple in an unhappy marriage can take a look at their marriage in a beautiful setting. B A quiet weekend in the country, far away from the stress of the outside world sounds like a dream getaway! Mitchell Inn is a warm and inviting Inn which is nestled deep in the forest. Snow is covering the ground adding to the Inn's beauty and charm. It's a place for lovers to enjoy time together, a place where an Author can work on her book, a man can enjoy some alone time, friends can re-connect, and for a couple in an unhappy marriage can take a look at their marriage in a beautiful setting. But the storm is unrelenting - the snow has not stopped falling and soon the roads are not drive-able. The guests and the owner and his son are trapped at the Inn for the weekend! Everyone remains in good spirits. They will make the most of it! They enjoy some drinks and make small talk in the lobby. Everyone goes to bed with hopes of still enjoying their weekend until the next morning when a body is found! It appears their relaxing weekend will not be so relaxing after all.This was a really fun book! Not fun in the funny-I-laughed-out-loud-way but it was a fun and devilishly clever whodunit. This book is an example of a whodunit done right! Shari Lapena has created the perfect setting for this book- a beautiful inn in the middle of the woods. Such atmosphere! This book consists of interesting characters with even more interesting back stories. This is a book I want to tell everyone about but at the same time I also want to tell people to go in knowing as little as possible. I loved watching the characters try and figure out what was happening. They are trapped (by the storm), frightened and tensions are rising. There is obviously a killer in their midst, but who????I thought every single page in this book was wonderful. I have read this Author before and enjoyed her work, but this book knocks it out of the ball park! This is a very clever and well thought out mystery. Women's fiction my foot - this is a mystery book at its best! There is nothing graphic or gory in this book. It won’t scare or titillate but it will keep the reader guessing. Those that follow my reviews, know I like to put on my super sleuth hat and try to figure out whodunit. I did not figure it out, in case you were wondering. If there were clues, I did not see any! I couldn't help but think of Agatha Christie while reading this book. I almost feel as if this book were an homage to Christie - that's my thought- the Author does not say. Nevertheless, I was glued to my seat, turning the pages, and wondering what would happen next.The sheer genius of this book is that not a lot of action takes place, the characters are trapped in the Inn, no one can get to them and they cannot get out. So, the strength of this book lies not only in the carefully thought out plot but in the characters themselves, in their dialogue, their inner thoughts and interactions with others. Each time I had to put this book down, I was disappointed. If I could have sat and read this book in one sitting, I would have. The pacing in this book was spot on! Nothing in this book is rushed, nor is it slow. I was captivated from page one and highly recommend this book! Thank you to Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.Read more of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Shari Lapena writes a crime fiction mystery in the style of the classic golden age of crime. In the beautiful snowy Catskill mountains and forests, beside the Hudson River, is the location of Mitchell's Inn. The snow has brought its problems as many of the staff at the Inn have been unable to get to work, leaving owner and chef, James Harwood, with only his son, Bradley, to help look after the guests who have managed to arrive. However, the weather deteriorates even further as the place is gripp Shari Lapena writes a crime fiction mystery in the style of the classic golden age of crime. In the beautiful snowy Catskill mountains and forests, beside the Hudson River, is the location of Mitchell's Inn. The snow has brought its problems as many of the staff at the Inn have been unable to get to work, leaving owner and chef, James Harwood, with only his son, Bradley, to help look after the guests who have managed to arrive. However, the weather deteriorates even further as the place is gripped by an all encompassing ice storm, leaving the Inn with no power or telephone line. Wi-fi is not available, so guests are offered a secluded relaxing break, away from the frenetic pace of their everyday lives. Matthew Hutchinson, a wealthy New Yorker, has arrived with his breathtakingly beautiful bride to be, Dana, looking to escape the chaotic planning of their wedding. Ian Beeton and Lauren Day are a couple who have come away for a naughty weekend. Beverly Sullivan hopes to reignite some passion into her marriage with husband, Henry, getting away from their boisterous teenage children. Beverly and Henry's relationship had dwindled to the point that they were purely functioning as parents with no sexual content in their marriage for a considerable length of time. Candice White is a writer who has plans to write her latest book away from the drudge and energy sapping role of being a carer for her mother. David Paley, a criminal defense attorney, is taking a break from his highly stressful and pressurising job. Gwen Delaney has persuaded her best friend, Riley Shuter, that her shattered nerves and anxiety will benefit from staying in a rural and peaceful haven and give them the time for Gwen to help her. Riley is a journalist suffering from PTSD after the horrors she has witnessed and experienced in Afghanistan, she is prone to panic attacks and plagued by flashbacks.At first, the strangers mix well on arrival, but fear and menace creep in when one of the guests is discovered dead at the bottom of the staircase, and evidence suggests that it might not be an accident. As unease increases, there is no doubt that a killer is amongst them when another guest is strangled. More murder follows, and no help is at hand, with the police completely uncontactable. Tempers fray, as no-one is above suspicion and the guests harbour thoughts as to who is the murderer. Secrets emerge and feeling desperately unsafe, unable to sleep or trust anyone, will they survive until the police arrive? Lapena writes a great story that made me nervous and unsettled as I tried to work out the real killer. If you like Agatha Christie and writers of that ilk, I think you will like this too. Many thanks to Random House Transworld for an ARC.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    Mitchell's Inn is a quiet resort, tucked away in the Catskill Mountains. Guests are checking in, but will they all check out? The hotel is three stories with a grand staircase, reminiscent of Gone with the Wind.  A forest surrounds the hotel and it has a grand lawn which is all covered in pure white snow. This should be the perfect setting for a quiet, relaxing weekend, but it will not be .The hotel isn't full. Six rooms will be occupied out of the twelve available. Some folks seem to have can Mitchell's Inn is a quiet resort, tucked away in the Catskill Mountains. Guests are checking in, but will they all check out? The hotel is three stories with a grand staircase, reminiscent of Gone with the Wind.  A forest surrounds the hotel and it has a grand lawn which is all covered in pure white snow. This should be the perfect setting for a quiet, relaxing weekend, but it will not be .The hotel isn't full. Six rooms will be occupied out of the twelve available. Some folks seem to have cancelled due to the snow storm approaching. We begin to meet some of the guests as they are checking in and learn why they wanted to book the weekend.  There are quite a few characters and I had to "get to know" before I was able to keep everyone straight.  Once I sorted them out, I had no problem following the story line and I sure had some strong opinions about a few of them. One I would liked to have smacked.The storm is getting worse, everything is icing over, there is no wi-fi , no electricity and the wind is howling like someone is trying to get in  (I was starting to wonder if someone was). After a body is discovered the next morning, people are quick to start pointing fingers.  Everyone's secrets start coming out, and suspicions are spreading like fire.A couple of "gaspy" moments and much guessing made this one a quick read.  Some parts became a bit repetitive with the mystery circling around a few times, but the ending put a smile on my face. :). Recommend to readers who enjoy who-dunnits with atmospheric settings.  Thanks to the publisher and EW for my copy to review and give my honest opinion.
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  • Melisa
    January 1, 1970
    A very entertaining whodunnit!This murder mystery gave me all the CLUE vibes and I loved it so much! A large cast of characters trapped in a remote hotel during a snowstorm with no electricity or cell service? Yeah, sign me up. This one has a large cast of characters - it definitely also reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel, some reviewers have compared it to And Then There Were None which I can totally se as well. I generally get lost when a bunch of characters are introduced all at once, bu A very entertaining whodunnit!This murder mystery gave me all the CLUE vibes and I loved it so much! A large cast of characters trapped in a remote hotel during a snowstorm with no electricity or cell service? Yeah, sign me up. This one has a large cast of characters - it definitely also reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel, some reviewers have compared it to And Then There Were None which I can totally se as well. I generally get lost when a bunch of characters are introduced all at once, but the characters were so distinct that I was able to easily keep track. Super proud to say that I’ve gotten my detective shoes back - I actually figured this one out after a drought. Look for the hidden clues and you might figure it out too!🕵🏻‍♀️After reading two books by this author, I can say the writing style isn’t really my jam, just a personal preference. But overall a very enjoyable story!3.5 starsThank you to the other Traveling Sisters for an interesting group read! Advance copy provided by Penguin/Pamela Dorman Books - thank you!
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  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    January 1, 1970
    WELL, I DID IT. I willed myself through another Lapena novel despite being completely underwhelmed by The Couple Next Door. This one is a bit more interesting, but it definitely didn’t blow my mind. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Considering An Unwanted Guest is set at a secluded hotel with many key players who receive equal emphasis, it's reminiscent of a Christie or Jackson mystery. There are three couples, the father and son who run the inn, two lady friends, a solo writer, and a solo attor WELL, I DID IT. I willed myself through another Lapena novel despite being completely underwhelmed by The Couple Next Door. This one is a bit more interesting, but it definitely didn’t blow my mind. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Considering An Unwanted Guest is set at a secluded hotel with many key players who receive equal emphasis, it's reminiscent of a Christie or Jackson mystery. There are three couples, the father and son who run the inn, two lady friends, a solo writer, and a solo attorney. Is that all? Yeah, I think that’s all. But when people start dropping like proverbial flies, tensions rise, and they all realize that the murderer is either one of their own or *dun dun* an unwanted guest of whom none of them are aware (yet). They're completely snowed in, and there's no electricity, so the only things they can do to pass the time are drink themselves silly and cower in fear. No judgments though - that's like an average Wednesday for me.Jokes aside, An Unwanted Guest struggled in a lot of the same ways as the last Lapena novel I read. She writes chapters from different characters' POVs, but it’s in a bizarrely removed way, like this weirdly omniscient narrator is just kind of telling us what each person is thinking. I guess that’s not uncommon, but I didn’t feel like their voices were varied enough:"She would like to know who David thinks the killer is.""Gwen desperately wants to know who the killer is.""Henry would like to figure out who is responsible for these murders."Why do we need to be told so many times that each character wants to figure out who is ON A MURDEROUS RAMPAGE WHERE THEY ARE STAYING? Like…obviously. I’ve said it before, but I prefer it when details are interspersed throughout suspense novels rather than being dropped like a ton of bricks in the final chapters. I feel like the milling about and repetitive inner monologues were a stalling tactic. It was like 20% suspense and 80% Let’s-Get-This-Show-On-The-Roaddddd.The nature of a locked-doors mystery with so many characters is that each one of them is equally likely to be the suspect. This is a theme that has a lot of potential, but I found myself concocting several different endings in my brain that (to me) would’ve been more interesting than the actual finale. The last few sentences definitely pack an unexpected punch, but I was a little let down by the main perpetrator(s) and his/her/their motives.Lapena paid more attention to character development and atmospheric details in Guest than in The Couple, so if you’re trying to decide which to read first, I’d go with this one and avoid the other altogether. While this didn’t knock my socks off, I think it was worthwhile overall, and I’m glad I gave Lapena another chance!
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  • Carol (Bookaria)
    January 1, 1970
    This was an excellent thriller, one of those where I enjoyed every minute of it.The story takes place at Mitchell’s Inn in upstate New York. It’s the weekend and guests start arriving at the lodge for a short getaway. They are looking forward to spending a wonderful time in this charming and cozy inn.What the guests don’t expect is a blizzard that leaves them with no power or outside communication, no way to leave the hotel, and with a murderer among them.This novel was great, it had a classic f This was an excellent thriller, one of those where I enjoyed every minute of it.The story takes place at Mitchell’s Inn in upstate New York. It’s the weekend and guests start arriving at the lodge for a short getaway. They are looking forward to spending a wonderful time in this charming and cozy inn.What the guests don’t expect is a blizzard that leaves them with no power or outside communication, no way to leave the hotel, and with a murderer among them.This novel was great, it had a classic feel to it. The author did an excellent job with the imagery and the descriptions, I felt I was staying in with the guests during the devastating snow storm. The characters where interesting and compelling and the story maintained a suspenseful grip.Overall, I loved this chilling murder-mystery. So far it’s my favorite book from this author and I recommend it to everyone.Received ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss*I read this book with the Traveling Sisters. Our discussions made my experience more enriching and interesting*
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  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    Norma and I were lost in a Coulee reading An Unwanted Guest with seven of our Traveling Sisters and overall we all had very similar thoughts on this one. A few twists here with this story and one especially that left us with something to talk about and left us completely satisfied in the end. Right from the start, Shari Lapena pulled us into this story with a very chilling setting here with a hotel snowed in. We all loved the feeling we got from the storm and the spooky feeling of being trapped Norma and I were lost in a Coulee reading An Unwanted Guest with seven of our Traveling Sisters and overall we all had very similar thoughts on this one. A few twists here with this story and one especially that left us with something to talk about and left us completely satisfied in the end. Right from the start, Shari Lapena pulled us into this story with a very chilling setting here with a hotel snowed in. We all loved the feeling we got from the storm and the spooky feeling of being trapped with people you don’t know, with nowhere to go and no one can come to help. The suspense and tension rises when bodies start to drop like flies and we started questioning just who was the unwanted guest.An Unwanted Guest is an easy, fast-paced, fun and entertaining read and safe from any disturbing darkness. Not much complexity here but it is not needed. The story is cleverly plotted for a fun and entertaining read. As one sister said (Debra) in our discussion the strength is in the characters and their inner thoughts and their interactions with other characters. I highly recommend and can see this story appealing to a wide audience. Thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin/ Pamela Dorman Books and Shari Lapena for my copy to read and review. This is Traveling Sisters GR Reading Group Review and it can be found posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading.https://twosisterslostinacoulee.comCoulee: a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley. Coulee references are symbolic to our reading experience
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  • Diane S ☔
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Atmospheric and entertaining. A diverse group of people arrive at a small in, just in time to find themselves snowed in, and with no electricity to boot. In short order, they find themselves in danger as the bodies begin to mount. But which one of them is the killer? Or is it someone hiding in one of the empty rooms.Thematically similar to Christie's, And then there were none, it was interesting to try to figure out who was the killer. I had in mind one of three, and it turned out to be one 3.5 Atmospheric and entertaining. A diverse group of people arrive at a small in, just in time to find themselves snowed in, and with no electricity to boot. In short order, they find themselves in danger as the bodies begin to mount. But which one of them is the killer? Or is it someone hiding in one of the empty rooms.Thematically similar to Christie's, And then there were none, it was interesting to try to figure out who was the killer. I had in mind one of three, and it turned out to be one of the ones I thought. Had no reason though, just something seemed a little off, and well mostly it was a lucky guess. At times this was repetitive, and some of the scenarios, motives, were a stretch, but the entertainment factor won out. Would be a brilliant read in Winter, after a snowstorm. A sisters read, and though we all found it entertaining, our ratings varied.ARC from Netgalley.
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  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars! A weekend getaway at a cozy mountain lodge I would say is my ideal getaway but if I’m snowed in with no power and a murderer amongst the midst with no way out…...I’d be totally scared right out of my wits! AN UNWANTED GUEST by SHARI LAPENA is a fast-paced, tension-filled, compelling, suspenseful, and a chilling read that immediately grabbed my attention and kept me pretty much guessing right to the very end. Although, there are a few clues that I did pick up on, it did not spoil the a 4.5 Stars! A weekend getaway at a cozy mountain lodge I would say is my ideal getaway but if I’m snowed in with no power and a murderer amongst the midst with no way out…...I’d be totally scared right out of my wits! AN UNWANTED GUEST by SHARI LAPENA is a fast-paced, tension-filled, compelling, suspenseful, and a chilling read that immediately grabbed my attention and kept me pretty much guessing right to the very end. Although, there are a few clues that I did pick up on, it did not spoil the actual reveal for me at all. Oh, and that final twist in the end…..total shocker and I absolutely loved it!SHARI LAPENA delivers an atmospheric, appealing and cleverly written read here that has an old-fashioned whodunit storyline, a huge cast of characters and an extremely eerie and haunting setting. Even though this book has several characters in it I was never confused in who was who or had any trouble in keeping them all straight. The setting, characters, and vintage feel to this story is what I found the most entertaining and enjoyable. Would highly recommend!* Traveling Sisters Group Read Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and Shari Lapena for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena reminded me of an Agatha Christie thriller. A group of guests in a remote hotel stranded in a snowstorm. No phones, Internet or electricity and no way of getting help. The guests are being murdered one by one. Is it one of them or an intruder hiding in the hotel? I read this book in a day and it kept me guessing until the end. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    As the guests arrive at the beautiful, remote Mitchell's Inn, they're looming forward to a relaxing weekend in the forest miles from anywhere. Its a mixed bunch of people who have booked into Mitchell's Inn for the weekend. It's miles from anywhere and set deep into the woods. There are ten guests plus the owner, James, and his son, Bradley. The guests arrive during a snow storm and it's not long before they are snowed in. The guests enjoy their first evening, but by the morning, one of them is As the guests arrive at the beautiful, remote Mitchell's Inn, they're looming forward to a relaxing weekend in the forest miles from anywhere. Its a mixed bunch of people who have booked into Mitchell's Inn for the weekend. It's miles from anywhere and set deep into the woods. There are ten guests plus the owner, James, and his son, Bradley. The guests arrive during a snow storm and it's not long before they are snowed in. The guests enjoy their first evening, but by the morning, one of them is dead. The nightmare for the surviving guests is just beginning. This book is written style if Agatha Christie's And Then There We're None. Most of the characters have dark secrets, which are slowly revealed to us. Although it's a bit far fetched at times, it won't effect your judgement of this quick read. They have the expected power cut, and of course there is no back up generator and of course there aren't any lamps and or enough candles. The phone lines are also down. There is plenty of red herrings. I had no idea who the murderer was.I would like to thank NetGalley, Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and the author Shari Lapena for my ARC in exchange for an honest 'review.
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    Two years ago, I read Shari Lapena’s debut – The Couple Next Door – and although I thought it was somewhat thrilling, it didn’t make enough sense to me to consider it a realistic mystery novel. I passed on her 2017 book – A Stranger in the House – just because it seemed like the sort of story that’s been written a hundred times in the past. But I couldn’t skip An Unwanted Guest too.No, I couldn’t. Because if there’s one thing I love, it’s mystery combined with survival, and this one sure deliver Two years ago, I read Shari Lapena’s debut – The Couple Next Door – and although I thought it was somewhat thrilling, it didn’t make enough sense to me to consider it a realistic mystery novel. I passed on her 2017 book – A Stranger in the House – just because it seemed like the sort of story that’s been written a hundred times in the past. But I couldn’t skip An Unwanted Guest too.No, I couldn’t. Because if there’s one thing I love, it’s mystery combined with survival, and this one sure delivers. I also couldn’t because this sounded like a contemporary version of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (which the author is entirely aware of) and Agatha is a badass writer.The premise: Strangers arrive at an inn. They all expect different experiences and outcomes from this vacation, but unfortunately the weather has other plans for them. They are all snowed/stormed in. No one can leave, and to top it all off, there is no power.But wait, that’s not it. One by one, the people inside the inn die and no one knows who the killer is. They each suspect one another, but the authorities can’t come due to the weather, so they’ll have to sleep next to a murderer for who knows how long.This was such an exciting story and read so well. Having read this author’s debut, as mentioned above, I can tell you that Ms. Lapena has improved her skills. Not only is her writing better – a bit more professional and mature – she has also improved her denouements, making them more believable and thus more satisfying in a way.Read it, read it, read it. Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Nazanin
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 StarsGwen & Riley are friends and went to the Mitchelle’s Inn so Riley can relax a little and take her mind off things!David is a criminal attorney and he went there to recharge!Lauren & Ian are friends and they went there to have a good time with each other at this remote hotel!Dana & Matthew are engaged and they went there to have fun and plan their marriage!Henry & Beverly are married, they have marital problems and they went there to save their marriage!Candice is a writ 4.25 StarsGwen & Riley are friends and went to the Mitchelle’s Inn so Riley can relax a little and take her mind off things!David is a criminal attorney and he went there to recharge!Lauren & Ian are friends and they went there to have a good time with each other at this remote hotel!Dana & Matthew are engaged and they went there to have fun and plan their marriage!Henry & Beverly are married, they have marital problems and they went there to save their marriage!Candice is a writer and went there to write her new novel in peace!James is Bradley’s father and they own the Mitchell’s Inn and happy to have some guess for the weekend!Sorensen is the sergeant who tries to find the killer who killed four of these travelers!Well as you see, there is so many characters and all of them has their own POV! I love multiple POVs but in this one, it was a bit too many and at first, it was a bit difficult for me to keep up with all of them and at some point, I had to think who was who! But then after reading 30% I got used to them and actually enjoyed it! It was really good to know what's going on their minds! It was my third read by this author and honestly, I enjoyed it a bit more than the other two! It was more suspenseful! Overall, really liked it and hope you enjoy it as well!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    The setting for this story is just perfect. A small hotel out in the wilderness, miles from anywhere. It is also one of the coldest times of the year and weather conditions are getting worse.The story reminded me very much of Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None'. The hotel being run only by the father and son as the staff haven't been able to make it in and a select number of guests who we get to know in the build up to the first murder. There is something intriguing to each character an The setting for this story is just perfect. A small hotel out in the wilderness, miles from anywhere. It is also one of the coldest times of the year and weather conditions are getting worse.The story reminded me very much of Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None'. The hotel being run only by the father and son as the staff haven't been able to make it in and a select number of guests who we get to know in the build up to the first murder. There is something intriguing to each character and you are left wanting to know more so you have to keep turning those pages.I did worry slightly that with there being so many characters it might get confusing but the author writes with such skill that it was easy to keep up with who is who and what was going on. The story gently draws you in, then before you know it you are well and truly hooked.An Unwanted Guest isn't a fast paced thriller by any means, of which I was glad. It doesn't need to be. There is more than enough suspense and intrigue to have you turning those pages and I enjoyed taking my time and getting to know the characters better. It's like a really good 'who dunnit'. As usual, I had absolutely no clue and would never have guessed until all is revealed. The author does well to keep you off track as well as throwing in some surprises. Will certainly be reading more by the author.My thanks to Anne Cater and Penguin Random House for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 quick reading starsWhat is better than a weekend getaway, traveling to a quaint remote hotel that promises the very best in accommodations? People are looking forward to wonderful food and beverages, beautiful settings, an aura of romance perhaps, and never thinking at all that a murderer would also be one of the residents for the weekend.This is the premise of the book An Unwanted Guest. It is winter time and the weather, as it often is in the Catskill's, is becoming treacherous. The guests 3.5 quick reading starsWhat is better than a weekend getaway, traveling to a quaint remote hotel that promises the very best in accommodations? People are looking forward to wonderful food and beverages, beautiful settings, an aura of romance perhaps, and never thinking at all that a murderer would also be one of the residents for the weekend.This is the premise of the book An Unwanted Guest. It is winter time and the weather, as it often is in the Catskill's, is becoming treacherous. The guests become snowed in and as conditions worsen, the electricity goes out and what seems to have been an idyllic weekend becomes one where a murder is committed and all are considered suspects.The game, kind of like the game of Clue, is on as all the residents slowly reveal their secrets. Presently, another body is found dead and the feeling is that a psychopath is systematically killing them off. There is no help coming, they are on their own, and now two people are dead and one is missing. Will anyone survive this encounter with death?This was a very quick read, short chapters and an interesting premise kept one going. There were some quirks in the story line, but overlooking those, it was an enjoyable foray into the mind of a killer or could it be killers?Thank you to Shari Lapena, Pamela Dorman Books, and Edelweiss for a copy of this keen tale.Thanks also go to The Traveling Sisters Reading Group on Goodreads that I have been lucky to be a part of. The discussions we generate make reading even more of a pleasure. My reviews can be found here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres...
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent. Loved this twisty "locked room" Christie type thriller with a remote hotel, a killer on the loose and a storm raging outside so there IS NO ESCAPE. I didn't call the killer either which I LOVE when that happens.Full review for the blog tour in July.
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  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    January 1, 1970
    I read The Couple Next Door by the author some years ago and I loved the book. Also, this book's blurb about strangers being trapped in an inn without having a chance to get from the place, with a murderer? I was sold! My only regret with this book is that I wanted to read the book in the middle of the winter, hopefully with a blizzard outside. Instead, I I read it in the middle of one of the hottest summer ever. Not that the outside climate affects the story of the book. It was just that I wa I read The Couple Next Door by the author some years ago and I loved the book. Also, this book's blurb about strangers being trapped in an inn without having a chance to get from the place, with a murderer? I was sold! My only regret with this book is that I wanted to read the book in the middle of the winter, hopefully with a blizzard outside. Instead, I I read it in the middle of one of the hottest summer ever. Not that the outside climate affects the story of the book. It was just that I wanted to get in the mood...;)My favorite kind of stories crime stories are where there are plenty of suspects and you try to figure out who's the killer. And, in An Unwanted Guest have we plenty of suspects to choose from. All of them seem to have secrets they try to keep hidden. I have not read Agatha Christie's books, but I have set plenty of the movies and TV series and this book felt like one of her stories. We even had our own "Poirot" trying to figure out who the killer is. Although we couldn't be sure that he was not the guilty one. Shari Lapena has become a favorite author of mine. I have yet to read A Stranger in the House by her, but it's high on my list of books to read. An Unwanted Guest is an excellent whodunnit book that will keep you guessing right until the end!
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  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars! Review to come....
  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Creepy and addictive... I absolutely loved this book... a classic style whodunnit with an Agatha Christie vibe that kept me guessing til the end. I have read other books by Shari Lapena but this is definitely my favourite, and is one of the best books I have read this year.The guests start arriving to the remote Mitchell's Inn. They are all there for a relaxing weekend away from all the stresses of modern life. There is no Wifi, nothing close for miles Andrea that is exactly what the guests want Creepy and addictive... I absolutely loved this book... a classic style whodunnit with an Agatha Christie vibe that kept me guessing til the end. I have read other books by Shari Lapena but this is definitely my favourite, and is one of the best books I have read this year.The guests start arriving to the remote Mitchell's Inn. They are all there for a relaxing weekend away from all the stresses of modern life. There is no Wifi, nothing close for miles Andrea that is exactly what the guests want... until the first body is found at the bottom of the stairs on the first morning. A fierce snowstorm hits and takes out the electricity. The guests start to speculate on what happened the night before... is there a killer among them? This book will have you pointing the finger at all the characters. You will not know who to believe and the plot only thickens as the story moves along. A fantastic read, highly recommended.Thanks to Random House UK and NetGalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    "An Unwanted Guest" had an old school crime fiction feel to it which was complemented by the dark and oppressive atmospherics. Definitely a little of Agatha Christie in this story which was amazing, it reminded me especially of "And Then There Were None". There aren't many contemporary crime writers who can create this type of atmosphere. Ms Lapena pulls it off with aplomb, everything seems to align to create a story I truly loved.The book is set in the beautiful, if isolated, Catskill mountains "An Unwanted Guest" had an old school crime fiction feel to it which was complemented by the dark and oppressive atmospherics. Definitely a little of Agatha Christie in this story which was amazing, it reminded me especially of "And Then There Were None". There aren't many contemporary crime writers who can create this type of atmosphere. Ms Lapena pulls it off with aplomb, everything seems to align to create a story I truly loved.The book is set in the beautiful, if isolated, Catskill mountains close to the Hudson river at a snow-covered Mitchell's Inn - a local hotel run by James Harwood and his family. All guests have arrived but the weather further deteriorates meaning that there is no longer access to a telephone and the Inn has lost power. Luckily, most of the guests take this in their stride and can see that taking a break from the wider world could be a positive thing. However, when one of them is found dead at the bottom of the stairs, a feeling of fear and mistrust emerges and everyone is on their guard. Some guests have their suspicions but could the victim not simply have fallen? The reply soon comes when another guest is found strangled and the killing doesn't end there. With no way of contacting the police they can only wait until contact can be made - until then suspicion is rife and nobody knows who they can trust. Will they live to tell the tale?Lapena has once again created a readable narrative that effortlessly drew me in. It was an unsettling and uncomfortable story and as the tension builds you are constantly wondering what will happen next. You have no idea who can be trusted and you carry on reading in order to establish who the actual killer is. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time snowed-in alongside the Mitchell's Inn guests - Lapena did a sound job of ratcheting up the suspense right through to the conclusion. Many thanks to Random House UK -Transworld/Bantam Press for an ARC. I was not required to post a review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Mitchell’s Inn is set in the beautiful, but isolated, Catskill mountains. A group of guests arrive, during a storm, to quickly find they are snowed in. Owner, and chef, James Harwood, assures them that he, and his son, Bradley, will be able to make their stay a pleasant one. Still, the snow, and lack of power, causes issues for some of the guests. For author, Candice Write, who has come to work and whose laptop is losing power. For Matthew Hutchington and his beautiful fiancée, Dana, who have co Mitchell’s Inn is set in the beautiful, but isolated, Catskill mountains. A group of guests arrive, during a storm, to quickly find they are snowed in. Owner, and chef, James Harwood, assures them that he, and his son, Bradley, will be able to make their stay a pleasant one. Still, the snow, and lack of power, causes issues for some of the guests. For author, Candice Write, who has come to work and whose laptop is losing power. For Matthew Hutchington and his beautiful fiancée, Dana, who have come to escape the stress of wedding planning. For Beverly Sullivan, who is hoping to reconnect with husband, Henry. For Gwen Delaney and her friend, Riley, a journalist with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and for David Paley, a criminal defence attorney, who is looking to relax. Unable to enjoy the outdoors, the group of guests are forced to stay inside the hotel and confront their own, personal issues and petty arguments.As the wind howls and the snow falls, darkness descends. Still, the group are merry – the fire crackles, the drink flows, food is served. However, by the morning, one of them will be dead and a nightmare will begin to unfold. For the group are cut off from help and, it seems, a murderer is on the loose. As tension mounts, the group begin to uncover each other’s secrets, to suspect members of the group and their motives…I absolutely loved this novel. If you enjoy mysteries, such as, “And Then There Were None,” you will enjoy this. It has a fantastic cast of characters – each with their secrets, issues and problems. The author uses the setting perfectly, to create tension, which adds to the feeling of increasing horror. I have read, and enjoyed, this author’s debut novel but, without doubt, this is a mystery, written by an assured and intelligent author, who has created a modern twist on a classic crime plot. Loved it. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, for review.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn’t wait to start this book after loving her other two books as I knew I would be in for a treat and yes the world could have ended whilst reading this and I wouldn’t have noticed!! The story is about people staying in a country inn they are snowed in without phone coverage and Wi-fi, it is disturbing and thrilling at the same time, lots of secrets to be revealed, kept me guessing who the perpetrator was until the end. Have a feeling I will read this book again to look for the hidden clues Couldn’t wait to start this book after loving her other two books as I knew I would be in for a treat and yes the world could have ended whilst reading this and I wouldn’t have noticed!! The story is about people staying in a country inn they are snowed in without phone coverage and Wi-fi, it is disturbing and thrilling at the same time, lots of secrets to be revealed, kept me guessing who the perpetrator was until the end. Have a feeling I will read this book again to look for the hidden clues I missed. Definitely my favourite author of 2018 so far , thank you to netgalley for my copy in exchange for my review.
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Mitchell Inn is a cozy getaway deep in the woods.  Several people have made the journey:  a defense attorney looking to unwind, a writer working on her novel, three couples: one dating, one engaged and stressed out with wedding planning, and one (unhappily) married; and two friends who have grown apart.A heavy snowfall turns to ice overnight and the morning after they arrive, they're trapped without electricity or cell phone service.  One of the guests is found dead at the bottom of the stairs. Mitchell Inn is a cozy getaway deep in the woods.  Several people have made the journey:  a defense attorney looking to unwind, a writer working on her novel, three couples: one dating, one engaged and stressed out with wedding planning, and one (unhappily) married; and two friends who have grown apart.A heavy snowfall turns to ice overnight and the morning after they arrive, they're trapped without electricity or cell phone service.  One of the guests is found dead at the bottom of the stairs.  What first appears to be a horrific accident is soon suspected by the lawyer to be murder because of the head injury.Shock and fear travel through the group of guests who are completely cut off from the outside world until power is restored or the roads can be cleared.  Fear rises to fever pitch when another guest is found strangled in their room.Sitting around the fire, the group of guests share secrets and accusations fly; everyone is a suspect and the tension is becoming dangerous.  With two people dead, can the remaining guests stay together and survive another night until help can arrive?I'm definitely not the only person to call this book a modern day Agatha Christie mystery!  It's a clever whodunit with a well constructed plot and the tension between guests is palpable as they interact with each other.  This was my first book by Shari Lapena and I'm a fan.  It takes talent to write not only a mystery but one with so many characters, all of whom are memorable.If you enjoy a good mystery, especially of the Agatha Christie variety, I highly recommend this novel!  Thanks to Penguin Publishing Group/Pamela Dorman Books and Edelweiss for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my honest review!For more reviews visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Stacey Camp
    January 1, 1970
    **4.5 Goodreads Stars** "How quickly and how absolutely trust - built over many years - can collapse." I took a break from reviewing this past month as I had several big work projects I wanted to finish. I am glad to end my review hiatus with Shari Lapena's An Unwanted Guest, which was a thrilling whodunit mystery set in a mysteriously rustic wooded retreat.If you enjoy Agatha Christie novels, you will love Lapena's newest book. Much like Christie's And Then There Were None, the cast of characte **4.5 Goodreads Stars** "How quickly and how absolutely trust - built over many years - can collapse." I took a break from reviewing this past month as I had several big work projects I wanted to finish. I am glad to end my review hiatus with Shari Lapena's An Unwanted Guest, which was a thrilling whodunit mystery set in a mysteriously rustic wooded retreat.If you enjoy Agatha Christie novels, you will love Lapena's newest book. Much like Christie's And Then There Were None, the cast of characters in An Unwanted Gues all have curious, intriguing backstories. The backstories are slowly revealed to the reader as guest after guest is picked off. There's the dowdy empty-nest couple who have yet to jumpstart their relationship after devoting it to raising their children. There's a young couple who are devastatingly attractive and appear to be passionately in love, but are perhaps hiding secrets of their own. There are two formerly close friends who have come to the resort seeking to rekindle their friendship, which begins to unravel even further as soon as their trip starts. There's the lawyer who has been publically defamed for his wife's death despite failing to be convicted for it. Finally, there's the lonely writer who is trying to pen her next big hit and is seeking solitude at the remote resort in the woods.What I enjoyed about this book is how each one of the characters could be implicated in the murders. The author reveals just enough information about each character to make you wonder about their motivations for coming to the lodge. Are they there to commit foul play? To connect with a loved one? To betray?I also enjoyed the setting of the novel, which is at a historic hotel in the woods. An ice storm strikes the area, causing the power and phone lines to go out. Cell phone service is non-existent. The roads are impassable. Thus, the hotel guests are left to their own devices to help find the murderer before he or she (or they??) kills again.  This is a read that I finished quickly amid a busy work period. It was also my first book by Lapena. Thank you to the author, Bantam Press, and Edelweiss+ for an advanced reader copy of An Unwanted Guest.For more of my book reviews visit me here: Book Review Blog | Twitter | Instagram
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  • Rachel Gilbey
    January 1, 1970
    I read this in one sitting, out in my garden on a hot sunny day. I was utterly gripped but had I been reading it on a cold wintery day I after dark, I would have probably been terrified too! This is a well paced claustrophobic thriller, and as the body county rises, the list of potential suspects goes down, as it is incredibly hard to predict or work out who is killing everyone and why. But what we do know is that of all the people that visit Mitchell's Inn over this snowy and icy weekend, to a I read this in one sitting, out in my garden on a hot sunny day. I was utterly gripped but had I been reading it on a cold wintery day I after dark, I would have probably been terrified too! This is a well paced claustrophobic thriller, and as the body county rises, the list of potential suspects goes down, as it is incredibly hard to predict or work out who is killing everyone and why. But what we do know is that of all the people that visit Mitchell's Inn over this snowy and icy weekend, to a location that is in the middle of nowhere, that not everyone will be coming home alive. Mitchell's Inn itself is a fabulous sounding hotel, full of character and has no mobile reception of wifi, so when the first body is found, in the middle of a power outage, it is hard to know what to do or who to trust. What is fascinating is seeing how all the guests deal with the situation, and just what secrets come out about them all in the most unusual of circumstances. I have no idea how I would have reacted had I been staying at the inn that weekend, apart from being incredibly scared. The writing is evocative, it transports you to the inn, and after initial confusion of so many characters introduced very quickly, and once you are hooked and lulled into a false sense of security, the tension ramps up and will reach boiling point. An Unwanted Guest is the second book I have read by Shari Lapena, although it didn't quite amaze me in the way that The Couple Next Door did, I still found it to be a curious look at human behaviour in an extreme situation, and an incredibly gripping read. Thank you to Anne Cater for organising this blog tour and organising this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    January 1, 1970
    Did you like Ten Little Indians from Agatha Christie? Then you'll love this book. OK- it doesn't have a dazzlingly brilliant ending like T.L.I but still a pretty enjoyable, tense, atmospheric read.Some strangers come to a hotel for a weekend break. Snow and ice gets roads blocked. People start dying. Eeek! I was curling my toes to find out who the killer was.I've read Lapena before and definitely will read her again!
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  • Jamie Rosenblit
    January 1, 1970
    When a weekend away at a snowy inn gets dark and murderous, so many things are not as they seem. Shari Lapena's third book is hands down my favorite - this one was so much fun and honestly, I had no idea who the murderer was! Think one of those murder mystery weekends at a hotel - but for these characters, this is no game! Due to a blizzard, phone lines are down, cell service is out, and the nature of the Inn is to get away from the internet, so, GASP - no WiFI! - with communication to the rest When a weekend away at a snowy inn gets dark and murderous, so many things are not as they seem. Shari Lapena's third book is hands down my favorite - this one was so much fun and honestly, I had no idea who the murderer was! Think one of those murder mystery weekends at a hotel - but for these characters, this is no game! Due to a blizzard, phone lines are down, cell service is out, and the nature of the Inn is to get away from the internet, so, GASP - no WiFI! - with communication to the rest of the world unavailable and a dead body at the bottom of the stairs, this is the epitome of a whodunnit! And it's an excellent ride to be along for!Thank you to Pamela Dorman/Penguin Viking Books for an advance copy. All opinions are my own.
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  • Yusuf
    January 1, 1970
    And Then There Were None meets modern day psychological horror? Can we say “dream come true?” Waiting (im)patiently.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*I do love a ‘locked room’ or in this case, a locked hotel mystery and, reminiscent of an Agatha Christie, An Unwanted Guest was a wonderfully gripping and such an addictive read.10 guests arrive at Mitchell’s Inn, a small isolated hotel during a snowstorm. At first the snow looks very pretty and adds to the old fashioned charm of the hotel but when the snow turns to deadly ice and fallen tree branches bring down power lines plunging the hotel into darkness, excitement turns to fear especiall 4.5*I do love a ‘locked room’ or in this case, a locked hotel mystery and, reminiscent of an Agatha Christie, An Unwanted Guest was a wonderfully gripping and such an addictive read.10 guests arrive at Mitchell’s Inn, a small isolated hotel during a snowstorm. At first the snow looks very pretty and adds to the old fashioned charm of the hotel but when the snow turns to deadly ice and fallen tree branches bring down power lines plunging the hotel into darkness, excitement turns to fear especially when one of the guests is found dead.With no working telephone line or mobile signal the occupants are stranded. They can’t get out and because the roads are blocked no-one can get to them.Fear quickly turns to panic when the body count increases. With the remaining guests wondering which of them is a murderer they begin to turn on each other, voicing their accusations and suspicions and at times a mob mentality is in evidence. It would seem that some of the guests have secrets which they are desperate to keep hidden. Is this reason enough to kill?An Unwanted Guest contains a myriad of characters – one or two that I loathed. I have to admit when all the guests were initially introduced in quick succession, I did have a worry that I would lose track and get confused. This didn’t happen – each character is superbly drawn and distinct. The Inn is a decidedly creepy character in its own right; the dark corridors and secret staircases adding to the claustrophobic and mysterious feel.This was an excellent atmospheric thriller, full of intrigue and suspense. All the way through I kept changing my mind as to the murderer’s identity (whilst hoping it wasn’t my favourite character!) – I still hadn’t guessed correctly by the end, although perhaps the clues are there if you know what to look for.I’ve read and enjoyed Shari Lapena’s debut, The Couple Next Door but to my shame I still have her previous A Stranger in the House to read. I very much enjoyed An Unwanted Guest. Highly recommended.
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