An Unwanted Guest
The twisty new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House
A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away
It's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the per ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
A group of unsuspecting guests arrive to a snowy, mountain inn for a weekend away from everyone and everything. Each has their own personal reasons for being there. Re-kindle a faltering romance, repair a once close friendship. Maybe even a working weekend. Whatever the reason, it was going to be a pleasant getaway.
But by early the next morning, things take a drastic turn. A body has been found at the bottom of the staircase at the Inn. And that's only the begin ...more
Eerie. Suspenseful. Haunting. Mysterious. Captivating.
This was a gripping, addictive and highly atmospheric thriller that had me flying through the pages! The setting is a remote, old fashioned luxury hotel where guests arrive to spend a relaxing weekend in vintage lavishness. They arrive just as a brutal winter storm hits, cutting off electricity to the hotel along with any possible contact with the outside world. The plot unfolds as a whodunit murder mystery – is the killer among the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
An odd ball cast of characters decide to spend the weekend at Mitchell's Inn. This decision they will all soon regret when the guests start dropping like flies. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie but not nearly as impressive we've got a whodunnit where every one becomes a suspect.
Something about Lapena's writing style just didn't work for me here. It's safe to say that it is ME and not the BOOK this time around. This should have been so up my ally but I just felt it lac ...more
A good old fashioned “Whodunit” Set in the Catskill Mountains, during a bitter cold, stormy weekend when the guests at an Inn get snowed in during a power outage. This is one mystery / suspense that is not to be missed!
Ten guests arrive for the weekend, and one by one, they drop like flies. Are the guests’ deaths an accident or are they being been murdered? The roads are closed because of the snow and since the Inn has no power, no one can call the police. Everyone is frightened and susp ...more
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 ...more
I absolutely loved this book, and most of my Traveling Sisters agree ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
An Unwanted Guest is the second book I have read from Shari Lapena. To say I was less than enthusiastic about, The Couple Next Door, would be to put it kindly.
I was left scratching my head as to what people seemed to like so much about it. I have some really great book friends who love her work, so I said I would give her another shot. After this, I am glad I did.
I knew going in that this book would be more in my comfort zone, being a 'locked room'-style mystery. Basically, a ...more
I enjoyed this and read it in one night, but tend to like psychological style mysteries which speak of the human condition. Even Agatha Christie is deeper than this author. Her writing style is simplistic, without being smart ...more
Shari Lapena wraps An Unwanted Guest in icy, treacherous roads, power outages, howling winds, snapped off tree branches, and oh by the way.....MURDER.
The stage is set for couples seeking the perfect getaway weekend from the trials of daily life in upstate New York surrounded by the Catskills and Mother Nature on sporatic hormones. It's the getting there that should have alerted our characters that this is going to be the most challenging weekend of their lives. Traveling o ...more
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 ...more
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.
Mitchell's Inn is located deep within the woods in the Catskills making a wonderful getaway destination. This particular weekend several guests are scheduled to arrive just as a snow storm is taking place.
After everyone is settled in they find themselves truly cut ...more
Gwen & 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 ...more
Despite The Couple Next Door only being an average read for me, I immediately clicked the request (which is still pending so go ahead and decline that one, NetGalley) button for Lapena’s new novel. Thanks to friends’ mediocre ratings I lowered my expectations accordingly. But I didn’t realize that An Unwanted Guest was pretty much going to be . . . . .
I am a SUCKER for retellings of And Then There Were None. Up to and including an a ...more
Shari Lapena is not for me. After I read, The Couple Next Door, which I immensely disliked, I didn't think I would ever read another book from this author. I was wrong. I gave An Unwanted Guest, another chance because the premise sounded promising, and believable....
too good to be true....
The writing was what threw me off. It was.....really bland. And made the whole experience really slow and plodding...uninteresting. The characters ...more
I don’t read lots of thrillers or mysteries as I find myself particularly selective with this genre (though I’ve read more this year than ever before), but the premise of this story appealed to me. I had no problem visualizing the setting and felt Lapena’s descriptions wer ...more
However... in this one, the reader is given a dozen or so characters, very little information, dark hallways, dark stairs, dead body, dead body, dead body.... and THEN, in the last three pages, the reader is given the whole story, LOTS of backgr ...more
I admit that I have a rocky relationship with Lapena's books. I adored A Stranger in the House but thought The Couple Next Door was only so-so. I wasn't sure what to expect from An Unwanted Guest and was thrilled by how much I liked it!
"We can't choose the strangers that we meet."
Lapena has written a thriller in the style of the old school authors from the Golden Age of Mysteries. In fact, from beginning to end, An ...more