An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena



My review

A enthralling murder mystery from author Shari Lapena, this whodunit kept me fully engrossed from the first to the last page. I have enjoyed all her books. They are good fun to read without requiring too much concentration.

This books started with a lot of characters that got confusing. I had to take a paper and pen to remember who came with whom and who did what. After the first few chapters, it was easy to follow. The plot arc was simple: 8 people came to the quaint inn deep into the mountains filled with snow and found themselves stranded due to snowstorm with no electricity, no cell network or connectivity, and the landlines were out.

The murder starts… one by one… suddenly … with no way to call the cops

The plot followed the tension filled paths as the characters followed the darkened hallways of the inn, trying to catch or identify the murderer. The snow outside with icicle formation and the isolation of the Inn further made the aura murky. Loved it. The secrets of the various characters kept the doubt and suspicion on the edge. A good rush!

The book did go on the natural finish with the identity of the murderer. The reasoning was a bit meh!!

Overall a good fast read, done in 2 hours.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Transworld Digital, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 4 stars

About the Author

SHARI LAPENA worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. A Stranger in the House, as well as Lapena’s suspense debut, The Couple Next Door, were both New York Times and international bestsellers.

Book blurb

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.

Product Details

Publication date : 26th July, 2018

Publisher : Transworld Digital

A whodunit

40 thoughts on “An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

    1. Yesssss I thought so too… But I didn’t want to put that in the review as it would lead to comparison. And we know Agatha will win…
      I am glad you caught it… I tried to be subtle about it 😂😉

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  1. Awesome review Shalini! I’m going to be reading this one soon and at first I was happy to see you liked it but the pen and paper in the beginning scares me a bit, I don’t like feeling like I’ve been given homework to read.

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      1. It is true Nicole, I was so confused, back and forth, back and forth, who is what and with whom, and then one dies and she is the corpse and the next dies, he is dead body and so on. 4 die and I had to remember only 4 till the cops and detectives came… Yayyy.
        I love you too, honey

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