Book Review Of “An Unwanted Guest” By Shari Lapena @penguinrandom @sharilapena

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–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 for the long haul.

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. (From Goodreads) 

Thank you to Penguin Random House #PRHPartner for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this a 4.5 out of 5 Stars.

My first thought, “It was Mrs. Peacock, with the Candlestick, in the Study” this was the funnest game of clue ever! That was all I could think of while reading this book. I am so in love with this story, and the way it was written. I have never read any Agatha Christie, but this book is being compared to her’s, so that must be a very good thing. Although I love Shari Lapena and believe she is an amazing author, I have read her past three books, and she has completely knocked them out of the Ballpark!

I loved the cozy feeling of this book, I could easily imagine the hotel, the quests, the storm, and oh my god do I now want to see a real life Ice Bar! I knew who I was hoping the killer was, and who I was hoping would survive the night, and I am so excited I was right on both accounts. This is the kind of book that does not need an intricately woven plot, it doesn’t need plot twists, and shock factor. It was steady, and character driven, and the way Lapena wrote it, with alternating characters, through different times of the evening was brilliant. This was a fluid read, and I enjoyed it so much. I am onboard as a lifelong fan of Lapena’s and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. Because honestly they just keep getting better and better.

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