An Unwanted Guest - Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest

By Shari Lapena

  • Release Date: 2018-08-07
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
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Description

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

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 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.

Reviews

  • Couldn’t even finish this book

    1
    By leahkirsten
    I was excited about this book because I loved this authors other, recent popular book “the couple next door” but sadly there is no comparison. This book was painfully boring, I read about half of it just hoping it would eventually Improve, but unfortunately it did not. I can’t believe this is the same author because The Couple Next Door was such a page turner... but this definitely was not, I don’t recommend.
  • Illogical and Contrived.

    2
    By Fastprof
    At first I thought I would be taken in to a world of “whodunit”. But for that to be true, the author would need to provide clues cleverly laid. Instead, what we get is “…and another thing that happened…and then another thing that happened…” And, finally, the reason all of this happened is because of somethings revealed at the end that have no roots in any of the character stories laid out as purported clues. Even the culminating “twist” seems contrived and self conscious as “…look, I am throwing in a twist.” Unfortunately, for me, this means I will never read another book by Ms. Lapena.
  • Suspenseful but disappoitning

    2
    By HMF14
    This is one of those books that is compelling and suspenseful while you read it, but you are ultimately disappointed by an unrealistic and rushed ending. I read it to I find out what happened but was pretty unimpressed. I found the entire plot of the book to be hinged on the reader’s ability to suspend their disbelief that the characters could not have charged their phones or otherwise found help (police helicopter??) It’s also generally poorly written and undeveloped.
  • Painful Read

    2
    By Linsy225
    I had to double check and make sure I wasn’t reading young adult fiction after the first two chapters. I found the plot to be unbelievable and disappointing and I thought the vocabulary was childlike and repetitive. This was my first read of Lapena and most likely my last.
  • What was that

    2
    By bribriee
    Her worst book by far. After the couple next door it went down hill. The plot twist wasn’t even much of a plot twist and the way she implemented it was not good. It’s like she ran out of ideas so she just stopped.
  • Doug

    4
    By geeesh, nicknames are hard.
    Well written. I liked it. Spoiler alert - how could you be at altitude, at a quaint hotel, during a vicious snowstorm, and an even more vicious ice storm and be so woefully unprepared. The writer must be a Southerner. I could maybe believe no backup generator but nobody would be that unprepared in that environment. Just a nagging thought that detracts from the story. Grumpy. Geeersh, nicknames are hard.
  • Wow!!

    5
    By Alice anne 22
    Loved this book from the first page to last!!! The setting was amazing as all the people !!!!!
  • Surprise ending!

    4
    By CBreezy717
    I love this author and this book was a great read. I didn’t see the ending coming at all, but the whole of the book itself slightly felt like it was just a big description of the people and what they were doing. Very much a murder mystery, and each character had their own story. Overall was a great read!
  • Was expecting different

    3
    By CloudOfThoughtsXO
    I ended up listening to this book while cleaning. I read the author and figured it would be perfect but I honestly wasn’t pulled into this. It’s definitely a murder mystery but after reading her other two books I was expecting more. Still worth the read and all :)
  • GOOD READ

    5
    By 3adel.s
    Very great book, I really enjoyed the twist in it and the whole story and characters were very good indeed.