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The Uninvited Guest

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When teenagers Harland Jacobs and Jose Rodriguez crashed a wedding, they weren’t doing anything terribly wrong. Jose only came because his nagging mother made him. Harlan only joined him to make it tolerable for his friend - and the free food, the girls and the dancing, of course. And they took full advantage too, eating, laughing at the guests behind their backs, and in t ...more
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Published December 15th 2011
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Robert Zimmermann
May 07, 2012 Robert Zimmermann rated it really liked it
This is the first of Ratliff's stories that I have read. Now that I'm finished with "The Uninvited Guest" I plan on reading more.

At first though, I wasn't sure what I was getting into. It started out okay. What first irked me was the use of the second person. This is a story mainly told in the first person. I don't mind the first person point of view at all. It's when the word "you" gets thrown around in the mist of the first person that I tend to back away from stories. I don't care much for a
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Laura Thomas
Aug 25, 2012 Laura Thomas rated it it was amazing
Looks can be deceiving as is the cover for Uninvited Guest.

It was supposed to be a celebration. Good times for all. A wedding and new beginnings.

Harlan is crashing the party, kind of. Jose’s mother insisted he go to the wedding and when he asks Harlan to go, he figures why not. There’ll be free food and booze and maybe some babes to dance with.

It seems like it takes forever to get there. The wedding is being held in a lodge surrounded by dense woods.

Finally, they arrive. The wedding goes off wit
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Tara Wood
Nov 25, 2012 Tara Wood rated it really liked it
Solid. Well written. Not what I expected.

Ratliff has a unique and interesting voice that I just love. That being said, the major component of the story, the "uninvited guest", fell a tiny bit short for me. I was expecting something a little more waxwork, a little more horror story, and I didn't quite get it.

I did get a well-crafted tale in a familiar voice that kept me reading to the end. Perhaps my expectations were a bit high, but honestly, I didn't really know what I was getting into. I am gl
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C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons
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While I didn't like this story as much as Ratliff's other story Little Bernie's Map (which was brilliantly creepy and had a super clever concept), I still think he has a lot of promise as an author. The Uninvited Guest has a very clear concept of character. The narrator feels authentic as an apathetic teenager, and his friend brings some nice, funny moments. What made me feel less excited about this story was the somewhat over long introduction.
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Stephanie
Jul 02, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Weddings can be many things...romantic, happy, sad, exciting, cheerful, boring...and there are usually lots of stories that can be told after the magical day. Heck, I still have stories from when I got married almost 10 years ago! They still feel as if they just happened. However, they are nothing compared to the wedding story in this book. *wink*

'The Uninvited Guest' is just that...a story told from the point of view of a guest, Harlan...an uninvited guest. Although, he wasn't the only one unin
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Marianne
Feb 05, 2013 Marianne rated it it was amazing
This is the very well written story of a young man and his friend attending a wedding and reception at a country lodge that will go from boring to heart pounding fear and be forever burned into their memories. The way the story is written made me feel like I was actually there enjoying the wedding myself. The suspense builds slowly (almost teasingly) at times and then the surprises just keep on unfolding leading to a dramatic and totally unexpected end.

I truly enjoyed this story and did not stop
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Cinta
Nov 23, 2012 Cinta rated it really liked it
This is the third story written by Troy Aaron Ratliff that I read, and I enjoyed it, but not as much as the other two. Why? Well, I guessed what was going to happen next almost since the beginning of the story. Nonetheless, I enjoyed reading it because I liked the style and the conversational tone of the story. However, sometimes I felt as if the story was simply dragging. I don't want to say much in order not to spoil anything for you, but let's say that the main character will surprise you qui ...more
Deborah
Jul 02, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it
A short and interesting story that surprises you in the end. Harland Jacobs and Jose Rodriguez are invited to someone's wedding and although not officially guest they decide to join in the celebration in hopes of free food and single girls. But what the teenagers actually come across is the other uninvited guest.
Monique Rockliffe
Jun 15, 2012 Monique Rockliffe rated it really liked it
Again, another unexpected conclusion to this tale from Troy who has a knack of always adding an unexpected element to his stories that has left me very interested in reading his other works. Great attention to detail and well told.
Angela Mortimer
Mar 04, 2013 Angela Mortimer rated it really liked it
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Oh yes, a good read in every way. I can't say much without giving the game away but being from a different world it just didn't cross my mind.
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