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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.
Set at the isolated Mitchell's Inn in the middle of a snowstorm and with death around every corner, An Unwanted Guest made for one claustrophobic and chilling read. I could almost feel the cold seeping into my bones and the fact that I was reading this in 30 degree heat, only further illustrates how vivid the descriptions were.
While on one hand I felt as though the pace was a little too slow at times, on the other, I felt that this actually added towards the atmosphere, giving a real sense of how time seems to slow in a situation like this and how the characters feel like the weekend of their nightmares is never going to end.
I must admit that I did guess 'whodunnit', although I had no idea of motive, but even when I thought I was sure, Lapena made me doubt myself and then change my mind and then change it all over again many, many times! Ultimately I was right, but it was a brilliantly twisty journey to finally having my suspicions confirmed. Although, I didn't see the final extra little twist coming, and I rather enjoyed that.
I loved how there were perspectives from every character and I felt that it was a brilliant way of telling this type of story, because it keeps you on your toes, as well as giving you a sense of each character not only through their own eyes, but through every other character's views on them too. You never know who to trust and you get lots of different opinions and points of view making you keep second guessing everyone and you end up doubting everything you thought you knew! It really does highlight the question of whether you can ever truly know someone.
Overall, I'm giving An Unwanted Guest 4 out of 5. It's chilling, engaging and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
This book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review
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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.
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