An Unwanted Guest - Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest

By Shari Lapena

  • Release Date - Published: 2018-08-07
  • Book Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Author: Shari Lapena
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4 Score: 4 (From 1,153 Ratings)

An Unwanted Guest Shari Lapena read online review & book description:


The twisty new thriller 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--weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.

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 and try to make the best of it.

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead--it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm--and one another.

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Posted Reviews

  • Classic

    By Rstrapp
    Good twist on a classic theme. A good armchair thriller with plenty of surprises. Agatha Christie-esque.
  • Good book

    By t8276
    Good book
  • great book!

    By deijhab
    it kept me guessing , and i was in shock when i found out !! but the end is such a cliff hanger
  • Good, until...

    By jrcd555
    As a reader it’s easy to blast an author’s work. Something they have put tremendous amounts thought and energy can be reduced by a biased opinion. I want to love every book I read. I wanted to love this book. I really enjoyed the setup and interplay of the characters. But I was disappointed in the method of the reveal. It felt a bit lazy and uninspired. I wanted a great revelation where things fell into place, and the story got elevated in the end. Instead it had to be explained with a secondary story that played in the background. The final twist was fun, but not profound enough to save me from blasting this review.
  • Couldn’t even finish this book

    By leahkirsten
    I was excited about this book because I loved this authors other, recent popular book “the couple next door” but sadly there is no comparison. This book was painfully boring, I read about half of it just hoping it would eventually Improve, but unfortunately it did not. I can’t believe this is the same author because The Couple Next Door was such a page turner... but this definitely was not, I don’t recommend.
  • Illogical and Contrived.

    By Fastprof
    At first I thought I would be taken in to a world of “whodunit”. But for that to be true, the author would need to provide clues cleverly laid. Instead, what we get is “…and another thing that happened…and then another thing that happened…” And, finally, the reason all of this happened is because of somethings revealed at the end that have no roots in any of the character stories laid out as purported clues. Even the culminating “twist” seems contrived and self conscious as “…look, I am throwing in a twist.” Unfortunately, for me, this means I will never read another book by Ms. Lapena.
  • Suspenseful but disappoitning

    By HMF14
    This is one of those books that is compelling and suspenseful while you read it, but you are ultimately disappointed by an unrealistic and rushed ending. I read it to I find out what happened but was pretty unimpressed. I found the entire plot of the book to be hinged on the reader’s ability to suspend their disbelief that the characters could not have charged their phones or otherwise found help (police helicopter??) It’s also generally poorly written and undeveloped.
  • Painful Read

    By Linsy225
    I had to double check and make sure I wasn’t reading young adult fiction after the first two chapters. I found the plot to be unbelievable and disappointing and I thought the vocabulary was childlike and repetitive. This was my first read of Lapena and most likely my last.
  • What was that

    By bribriee
    Her worst book by far. After the couple next door it went down hill. The plot twist wasn’t even much of a plot twist and the way she implemented it was not good. It’s like she ran out of ideas so she just stopped.
  • Doug

    By geeesh, nicknames are hard.
    Well written. I liked it. Spoiler alert - how could you be at altitude, at a quaint hotel, during a vicious snowstorm, and an even more vicious ice storm and be so woefully unprepared. The writer must be a Southerner. I could maybe believe no backup generator but nobody would be that unprepared in that environment. Just a nagging thought that detracts from the story. Grumpy. Geeersh, nicknames are hard.

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