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An Unwanted Guest

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  149 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
New from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House

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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2018 by Pamela Dorman Books (first published July 2018)
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    Release date: Aug 07, 2018
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    Miriam Smith
    Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    I loved Shari Lapena's previous books "The Couple Next Door" and "A Stranger In The House" and couldn't wait to start reading this, her latest thriller "An Unwanted Guest". It didn't disappoint and I have to admit that this one is actually my favourite of the three and in my opinion her best yet.
    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
    Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A quiet weekend in the country, far away from the stress of the outside world sounds like a dream getaway! Mitchell Inn is a warm and inviting Inn which is nestled deep in the forest. Snow is covering the ground adding to the Inn's beauty and charm. It's a place for lovers to enjoy time together, a place where an Author can work on her book, a man can enjoy some alone time, friends can re-connect, and for a couple in an unhappy marriage can take a look at their marriage in a beautiful setting.

    Shari Lapena writes a crime fiction mystery in the style of the classic golden age of crime. In the beautiful snowy Catskill mountains and forests, beside the Hudson River, is the location of Mitchell's Inn. The snow has brought its problems as many of the staff at the Inn have been unable to get to work, leaving owner and chef, James Harwood, with only his son, Bradley, to help look after the guests who have managed to arrive. However, the weather deteriorates even further as the place is gripp ...more
    Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena reminded me of an Agatha Christie thriller.
    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.
    Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fiction
    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 an
    Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I read The Couple Next Door by the author some years ago and I loved the book. Also, this book's blurb about strangers being trapped in an inn without having a chance to get from the place, with a murderer? I was sold!

    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
    Liz Barnsley
    Jun 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Excellent. Loved this twisty "locked room" Christie type thriller with a remote hotel, a killer on the loose and a storm raging outside so there IS NO ESCAPE. I didn't call the killer either which I LOVE when that happens.

    Full review for the blog tour in July.

    Mandy White
    Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Creepy and addictive... I absolutely loved this book... a classic style whodunnit with an Agatha Christie vibe that kept me guessing til the end. I have read other books by Shari Lapena but this is definitely my favourite, and is one of the best books I have read this year.

    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
    Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Couldn’t wait to start this book after loving her other two books as I knew I would be in for a treat and yes the world could have ended whilst reading this and I wouldn’t have noticed!!
    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
    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Mitchell Inn is a cozy getaway deep in the woods.  Several people have made the journey:  a defense attorney looking to unwind, a writer working on her novel, three couples: one dating, one engaged and stressed out with wedding planning, and one (unhappily) married; and two friends who have grown apart.

    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.
    Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Mitchell’s Inn is set in the beautiful, but isolated, Catskill mountains. A group of guests arrive, during a storm, to quickly find they are snowed in. Owner, and chef, James Harwood, assures them that he, and his son, Bradley, will be able to make their stay a pleasant one. Still, the snow, and lack of power, causes issues for some of the guests. For author, Candice Write, who has come to work and whose laptop is losing power. For Matthew Hutchington and his beautiful fiancée, Dana, who have co ...more
    Rachel Gilbey
    Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I read this in one sitting, out in my garden on a hot sunny day. I was utterly gripped but had I been reading it on a cold wintery day I after dark, I would have probably been terrified too!

    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
    Stacey Camp
    **4.5 Goodreads Stars**

    "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
    Feb 27, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    And Then There Were None meets modern day psychological horror? Can we say “dream come true?”

    Waiting (im)patiently.
    Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    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
    4.5 stars

    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
    ooh it's all very 'And then there were none' and whilst not exactly The Shining, there's some strange people in this hotel! A stay in the Catskills, NY, sounds nice doesn't it?

    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
    Elaine Tomasso
    Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for an advance copy of An Unwanted Guest, a standalone novel set in a remote hotel in the Catskill Mountains.

    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
    Diane Hernandez
    Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: edelweiss
    A blizzard traps 9 guests, the owner and his son in this homage to And Then There Were None mixed with a bit of the Shining. The guests in An Unwanted Guest include:
    • 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
    Helena C
    Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Thank you to NetGalley, Random House UK, Transworld Publishers and Shari Lapena to review in exhange for review.
    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
    Georgina Mitchell
    I didn't guess the killer, but by the time that I got to that part, I didn't care anyway. Very repetitive and the way it was written in third person reminded me of a children's book. I couldn't help but compare it to Force Of Nature by Jane Harper which I also read recently and preferred much more, and also Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie, which again, was much better.
    Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is the book I've been trying to find! Snowstorm, stranded at a hotel, strangers, and murder! The plot was fast paced and didn't linger on unimportant details. I guessed several different murderers and was completely wrong. I just loved everything about this book!
    I’m still not sure what “women’s fiction” actually means…but I am a fan of psychological thrillers, so when I read that Shari Lapena, author of The Couple Next Door (which I enjoyed), had a new book entitles An Unwanted Guest that was labeled under “women’s fiction” and mysteries/thrillers,” I was eager to accept a copy from Penguin Group / Viking and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

    Without revealing too much, just think Ten Little Indians goes to the Catskills…in an entertaining, qui
    Cindy Bokma
    May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Excellent novel! I didn't want it to end. I was hooked from page one and was so sad to see it end. I don't rate many books five stars but this one earned it. Well paced, heart pounding, page-turning suspense. What a fantastic author Shari is!
    Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites
    As guests arrive at a remote hotel in the Catskills for a relaxing weekend break, a blizzard begins to rage. The roads become treacherous and completely impassable. The hotel is cut off. Everyone's trapped inside without electricity or a phone line. Undeterred, they resolve to pitch in until power can be restored and the roads cleared. But when a body turns up, they're faced with the seriousness of their situation - NO landline, NO mobile phone coverage and therefore NO help! When a second body ...more
    Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I loved the way this novel was written, it was very Agatha Christie and a real who dun it.
    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
    Elaine's Reviews
    A bunch of unrelated guests arrive at a remote hotel in the middle of a very bad snowstorm. They are stranded with no electricity or connection to the outside world. Murders are committed. Is there a murderer amongst them or a stranger lurking in the small hotel that they are not aware of bumping them off one by one???

    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
    Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Wow! That was SO good! This was the first book I’ve read by Shari Lapena, but it won’t be the last. What an awesome whodunit!

    “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
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