Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari LapenaTitle: An Unwanted Guest
Author: Shari Lapena
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
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four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

A remote lodge in upstate New York is the perfect winter wonderland getaway . . . until the bodies start piling up.

It's winter in the Catskills and the weather outside is frightful, but Mitchell's Inn is so delightful! The cozy lodge nestled deep in the woods is perfect for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. The Inn boasts spacious old rooms with huge wood-burning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or just curling up with a book and someone you love.

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. The power's down but they've got candles, blankets and firewood--a genuine rustic experience!

Soon, though, a body turns up--surely an accident. When a second body appears, they start to panic. Then they find a third body.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. They can't leave, and with no cell service, there's no prospect of getting the police in until the weather loosens its icy grip.

The weekend getaway has turned deadly. For some couples, it's their first time away. For others, it will be their last. And there's nothing they can do about it but huddle in and hope they can survive the storm.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena is all you could ever ask for in a murder mystery. It is a classic who-done-it, set in an old hotel in the middle of nowhere. The characters are all quite interesting and provide many different perspectives into this book that really makes you think.

The setting for An Unwanted Guest is a little inn situated in a small town that has no wifi or cell service. The inn is maintained in an old fashioned way to provide its guests with a sense of nostalgia for times long ago. The blizzard outside and the fact that the inn loses power to the storm, sets up a recipe for a great mystery.

The story is told in multiple perspectives and features many characters from different walks of life. It is kind of like a game of Clue, with it’s wealthy businessman and struggling author as pawns in this story that gets more tangled as you read along. Lapena gives you just enough backstory to identify each of the characters’ personalities, yet leaves some room for questioning each one’s intent.

As you are reading along, the continuous plot twists add a new layer to the mystery. Just when you think that you have figured out where the story is going to go, Lapena throws another curve at you. The book will make its readers question whether it is possible to really know anyone at all. If you are a fan of classic murder mysteries, I highly suggest picking up An Unwanted Guest.

About Shari Lapena

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Shari LapenaΒ is the internationally bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House. She was a lawyer and an English teacher before turning her hand to fiction.
She lives in Toronto.

17 thoughts on “Review: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

  1. Stephanie @ Bookfever says:

    Ooooh I really want to try another Shari Lapena book. I liked The Couple Next Door but I was also a little disappointed by the ending of it. This one does sound really great, though. I love the setting of an old hotel in the middle of nowhere. I don’t know why it appeals to me so much. lol

  2. Angela says:

    I’m listening to Murder on the Orient Express right now, so this kind of reminds me of that, a murder mystery with a limited amount of suspects. I haven’t read anything by Lapena, but now I want to !

  3. Greg says:

    I am so glad this was good, I’ve been looking forward to this one a lot! And comparing it to Clue just makes me even more excited for it lol. Great review! I may have to read this one next. πŸ™‚

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