An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena @sharilapena @PenguinRHUK


Book Description:

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.

My Thoughts:

The setting for this story is just perfect. A small hotel out in the wilderness, miles from anywhere. It is also one of the coldest times of the year and weather conditions are getting worse.

The story reminded me very much of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’. The hotel being run only by the father and son as the staff haven’t been able to make it in and a select number of guests who we get to know in the build up to the first murder. There is something intriguing to each character and you are left wanting to know more so you have to keep turning those pages.

I did worry slightly that with there being so many characters it might get confusing but the author writes with such skill that it was easy to keep up with who is who and what was going on. The story gently draws you in, then before you know it you are well and truly hooked.

An Unwanted Guest isn’t a fast paced thriller by any means, of which I was glad. It doesn’t need to be. There is more than enough suspense and intrigue to have you turning those pages and I enjoyed taking my time and getting to know the characters better. It’s like a really good ‘who dunnit’. As usual, I had absolutely no clue and would never have guessed until all is revealed. The author does well to keep you off track as well as throwing in some surprises. Will certainly be reading more by the author.

My thanks to Anne Cater and Penguin Random House for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

An Unwanted Guest is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).

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