An Unwanted Guest
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--weeke ...more
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The intriguing plot echoes an Agatha Christie style murder mystery and is set during a freezing cold and violent ice storm that leaves the guests at an isolated hotel stranded without power. As the guest ...more
A group of guests in a remote hotel stranded in a snowstorm. No phones, Internet or electricity and no way of getting help. The guests are being murdered one by one. Is it one of them or an intruder hiding in the hotel?
I read this book in a day and it kept me guessing until the end. I would like to thank NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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 an ...more
My only regret with this book is that I wanted to read the book in the middle of the winter, hopefully with a blizzard outside. Instead, I I read it in the middle of one of the hottest summer ever. Not that the outside climate affects the story of the book. It was just that I wa ...more
Full review for the blog tour in July.
The guests start arriving to the remote Mitchell's Inn. They are all there for a relaxing weekend away from all the stresses of modern life. There is no Wifi, nothing close for miles Andrea that is exactly what the guests want ...more
The story is about people staying in a country inn they are snowed in without phone coverage and Wi-fi, it is disturbing and thrilling at the same time, lots of secrets to be revealed, kept me guessing who the perpetrator was until the end.
Have a feeling I will read this book again to look for the hidden clues ...more
A heavy snowfall turns to ice overnight and the morning after they arrive, they're trapped without electricity or cell phone service. One of the guests is found dead at the bottom of the stairs. ...more
This is a well paced claustrophobic thriller, and as the body county rises, the list of potential suspects goes down, as it is incredibly hard to predict or work out who is killing everyone and why.
But what we do know is that of all the people that visit Mitchell's Inn over this snowy and icy weekend, to a ...more
"How quickly and how absolutely trust - built over many years - can collapse."
I took a break from reviewing this past month as I had several big work projects I wanted to finish. I am glad to end my review hiatus with Shari Lapena's An Unwanted Guest, which was a thrilling whodunit mystery set in a mysteriously rustic wooded retreat.
If you enjoy Agatha Christie novels, you will love Lapena's newest book. Much like Christie's And Then There Were None, the cast of characte ...more
I do love a ‘locked room’ or in this case, a locked hotel mystery and, reminiscent of an Agatha Christie, An Unwanted Guest was a wonderfully gripping and such an addictive read.
10 guests arrive at Mitchell’s Inn, a small isolated hotel during a snowstorm. At first the snow looks very pretty and adds to the old fashioned charm of the hotel but when the snow turns to deadly ice and fallen tree branches bring down power lines plunging the hotel into darkness, excitement turns to fear especiall ...more
Oooh I liked this. A story with a group of strangers trapped together, isolated from the outside world and a killer on the loose is always my idea of a great read and Lapena does a brilliant job with it. It's packed full of tension, has some genuinely creepy moments (which I probably shouldn't have read while on my own on a dark and stormy night) and there are enough twists and reveals to keep you guessing till the very end,
It's a classic who dunnit that reminded me a lot of Agatha Chri ...more
There's only a few guests, even fewer staff, the wifi is down and the story is approaching...
But the snow-covered landscape is like a dream isn't it?
Cut off from everywhere, the chance to relax
Or a nightmare and miles from any chance of escape...
THAT was good
When the remote Mitchell Inn gets snowed in the guests are at a loose end with nothing to do but drink and spend time together. This changes the next morning with a power cut and one of the guests found dead, especially as defence lawyer, David Paley suspects murder. It soon dawns on the guests that with the hotel ...more
• Gwen Delaney in corporate public relations despite having a journalism degree and
• Her college buddy, Riley Shuter, who suffers from PTSD from her work as an embedded journalist in Afghanistan
• David Paley, New York criminal defense lawyer visiting alone
• Ian Beeton, businessman staying with
• Lauren Day, his girlfriend
• Beverly Sul ...more
Having read The Couple Next Door, was delighted to receive a copy of this to review. Set in a remote snowbound hotel in the Catskills, the guests without WiFi and basically cut off from the outside world. On the first night, one dead…was it an accident? But then the body count increases before the power comes back on and access to the outside world on Monday. Great characters with past ...more
Without revealing too much, just think Ten Little Indians goes to the Catskills…in an entertaining, qui ...more
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 ...more
Several couples, whom don’t know each other, have booked into a cozy mountain retreat for the weekend. After a fierce snow storm the power goes out and the guests are left stranded. James and Bradley, the father and son whom own the retreat, endeavour to feed their guests and keep them warm with open fires. But during the first night a guest is found dead at the bottom of the stairs. It is soon obvious she ...more
This book had me on the edge of my seat from the first chapter, in fact by the middle of the book it's safe to say that my nerves were shot. I was well and truly hooked and guessin ...more
“None of them will ever be the same.”
12 strangers. 1 hotel. All of the guests have come to the hotel to escape. Cell service who cares? Get snowed in? No problem. It’s so beautiful and peaceful, just the retreat they were all looking for. How lucky to have made it up before the storm… But far from finding escape – they are trapped. They will all become much less cavalier ...more