▶ An Unwanted Guest by Shapira Lapena -book review-

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. The new pulse-pounding and unputdownable thriller from the author of the number one bestseller THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, and A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE.

‘TenseUnpredictableUnputdownable. Shari Lapena’s novels are domestic noir at its finest’ Simon Kernick

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We can’t choose the strangers we meet.

As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance.

Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid.

With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run.

Until we find ourselves in a situation we can’t escape. Trapped.

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‘If you want an unputdownable thriller, you’re in luck – best-seller Shari Lapena is back with a new whodunnit . . . Crafted like a vintage Christie and just as tense, this will be a smash hit’ Heat

‘[An Unwanted Guest] once again shows her gift for smart characterisation combined with a subtle appreciation for the darkness of the human heart . . . A perfectly choreographed danse macabre’ Mail on Sunday

‘Shari Lapena combines the cosy feel and cunning plotting of an Agatha Christie-era whodunnit with a sharp eye for contemporary life and she is rapidly becoming a go-to author for anyone seeking a light but lip-smacking mystery’ Sunday Express

‘The psychological thrillers of Lapena are masterclasses in tightly plotted, economical narrative…This third novel has a premise straight out of a Agatha Christie classic’ Metro

‘An excellent mystery! Agatha Christie meets P D James’ Ragnar Jonasson

Readers love Shari Lapena:

Best book I’ve read in ages’

‘5* fast paced, twisting thriller’

‘The pace never let up’

‘On the edge of my seat to the end’

‘I haven’t picked up a book in 9 years and I’m so glad that I picked this up! I loved it.’

‘Incredibly readable and unputdownable

‘Very clever, well written, intriguing and suspenseful’

‘Had me hooked from start to finish’

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1115129/an-unwanted-guest

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 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

 

by 

Shari Lapena (Goodreads Author)
 3.88  ·   Rating details ·  2,876 Ratings  ·  610 Reviews

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 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