An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

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 awayIt'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...

Details An Unwanted Guest

TitleAn Unwanted Guest
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherPamela Dorman Books
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense, Adult

Reviews An Unwanted Guest

  • Miriam Smith
    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 i...
  • Debra
    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 ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    An Unwanted Guest gave me all the Agatha Christie feels! It's been so long since I've read a locked room (err... hotel) mystery, and while I had my doubts going in, I found this book clever and witty. The character development was pretty darn good for a book that rolled in at less than 300 pages; in fact, this is mostly a character driven thriller, using the tension between the cast to ratchet up the suspense for those brief moments of action. I'...
  • Paromjit
    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 weath...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    4.5 Stars! A weekend getaway at a cozy mountain lodge I would say is my ideal getaway but if I’m snowed in with no power and a murderer amongst the midst with no way out…...I’d be totally scared right out of my wits! AN UNWANTED GUEST by SHARI LAPENA is a fast-paced, tension-filled, compelling, suspenseful, and a chilling read that immediately grabbed my attention and kept me pretty much guessing right to the very end. Although, there are a...
  • Holly B
    Mitchell's Inn is a quiet resort, tucked away in the Catskill Mountains. Guests are checking in, but will they all check out? The hotel is three stories with a grand staircase, reminiscent of Gone with the Wind.  A forest surrounds the hotel and it has a grand lawn which is all covered in pure white snow. This should be the perfect setting for a quiet, relaxing weekend, but it will not be .The hotel isn't full. Six rooms will be occupied out ...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Norma and I were lost in a Coulee reading An Unwanted Guest with seven of our Traveling Sisters and overall we all had very similar thoughts on this one. A few twists here with this story and one especially that left us with something to talk about and left us completely satisfied in the end. Right from the start, Shari Lapena pulled us into this story with a very chilling setting here with a hotel snowed in. We all loved the feeling we got from ...
  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    WELL, I DID IT. I willed myself through another Lapena novel despite being completely underwhelmed by The Couple Next Door. This one is a bit more interesting, but it definitely didn’t blow my mind. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. Considering An Unwanted Guest is set at a secluded hotel with many key players who receive equal emphasis, it's reminiscent of a Christie or Jackson mystery. There are three couples, the father and son who run the in...
  • Melisa
    A very entertaining whodunnit!This murder mystery gave me all the CLUE vibes and I loved it so much! A large cast of characters trapped in a remote hotel during a snowstorm with no electricity or cell service? Yeah, sign me up. This one has a large cast of characters - it definitely also reminded me of an Agatha Christie novel, some reviewers have compared it to And Then There Were None which I can totally se as well. I generally get lost when a ...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4 stars! Eerie. Suspenseful. Haunting. Mysterious. Captivating. This was a gripping, addictive and highly atmospheric thriller that had me flying through the pages! The setting is a remote, old fashioned luxury hotel where guests arrive to spend a relaxing weekend in vintage lavishness. They arrive just as a brutal winter storm hits, cutting off electricity to the hotel along with any possible contact with the outside world. The plot unfolds as a...
  • Lola
    Two years ago, I read Shari Lapena’s debut – The Couple Next Door – and although I thought it was somewhat thrilling, it didn’t make enough sense to me to consider it a realistic mystery novel. I passed on her 2017 book – A Stranger in the House – just because it seemed like the sort of story that’s been written a hundred times in the past. But I couldn’t skip An Unwanted Guest too.No, I couldn’t. Because if there’s one thing ...
  • Mackenzie - Traveling Sister
    An instant classic! Lapena has completely stolen my focus—I loved this book!! There is something magical about this book that is hard to describe without having read it. An Unwanted Guest has a vintage feel, like watching a film noir mystery late on a cozy evening in. The kind of film where you’re so engrossed, you lose track of everything happening around you, only to jump at the clanging of the gate outdoors in a gust of wind.I absolutely l...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 Atmospheric and entertaining. A diverse group of people arrive at a small in, just in time to find themselves snowed in, and with no electricity to boot. In short order, they find themselves in danger as the bodies begin to mount. But which one of them is the killer? Or is it someone hiding in one of the empty rooms.Thematically similar to Christie's, And then there were none, it was interesting to try to figure out who was the killer. I had ...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This was an excellent thriller, one of those where I enjoyed every minute of it.The story takes place at Mitchell’s Inn in upstate New York. It’s the weekend and guests start arriving at the lodge for a short getaway. They are looking forward to spending a wonderful time in this charming and cozy inn.What the guests don’t expect is a blizzard that leaves them with no power or outside communication, no way to leave the hotel, and with a murd...
  • Michelle
    Well that was underwhelming. An odd ball cast of characters decide to spend the weekend at Mitchell's Inn. This decision they will all soon regret when the guests start dropping like flies. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie but not nearly as impressive we've got a whodunnit where every one becomes a suspect. Something about Lapena's writing style just didn't work for me here. It's safe to say that it is ME and not the BOOK this time around. This sho...
  • Pauline
    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-cop...
  • Louise Wilson
    As the guests arrive at the beautiful, remote Mitchell's Inn, they're looming forward to a relaxing weekend in the forest miles from anywhere. Its a mixed bunch of people who have booked into Mitchell's Inn for the weekend. It's miles from anywhere and set deep into the woods. There are ten guests plus the owner, James, and his son, Bradley. The guests arrive during a snow storm and it's not long before they are snowed in. The guests enjoy their ...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: Despite The Couple Next Door only being an average read for me, I immediately clicked the request (which is still pending so go ahead and decline that one, NetGalley) button for Lapena’s new novel. Thanks to friends’ mediocre ratings I lowered my expectations accordingly. But I didn’t realize that An Unwanted Guest was pretty much going to be . . . . . I am a SUCKER for retellin...
  • Nazanin
    4.25 StarsGwen & Riley are friends and went to the Mitchelle’s Inn so Riley can relax a little and take her mind off things!David is a criminal attorney and he went there to recharge!Lauren & Ian are friends and they went there to have a good time with each other at this remote hotel!Dana & Matthew are engaged and they went there to have fun and plan their marriage!Henry & Beverly are married, they have marital problems and they went there to s...
  • Carrie
    While the story within the pages of An Unwanted Guest isn't exactly a new one it is an addictive read. I've seen this plot several times over the years with strangers coming together and the murders begin but it never really gets old. Mitchell's Inn is located deep within the woods in the Catskills making a wonderful getaway destination. This particular weekend several guests are scheduled to arrive just as a snow storm is taking place. After...
  • Mackey St
    An Unwanted Guest is an old school thriller with a very fresh, exciting vibe. I admit that I have a rocky relationship with Lapena's books. I adored A Stranger in the House but thought The Couple Next Door was only so-so. I wasn't sure what to expect from An Unwanted Guest and was thrilled by how much I liked it! "We can't choose the strangers that we meet." Lapena has written a thriller in the style of the old school authors from the Golden Age...
  • Carol
    The snow storm is raging, the cold wind is howling and the roads are icy slick and dangerous as guests arrive at Mitchell's Inn. While a remote location in the mountain's of the Catskills, the inn is inviting with its old world charm; a picture perfect weekend getaway from everyday pressures of city life.....or so one would think. The ominous weather forecast results in only 10 guests and 2 staff.....but the presence of the unwanted "1" leads to ...
  • Marialyce
    3.5 quick reading starsWhat is better than a weekend getaway, traveling to a quaint remote hotel that promises the very best in accommodations? People are looking forward to wonderful food and beverages, beautiful settings, an aura of romance perhaps, and never thinking at all that a murderer would also be one of the residents for the weekend.This is the premise of the book An Unwanted Guest. It is winter time and the weather, as it often is in t...
  • 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 affe...
  • Jill Croce-McGill
    An excellent whodunit murder mystery that has the vibe of an Agatha Christie novel.The story takes place in the snowy winter up in the Catskills at Mitchell's Inn set deep in the woods. Only six out of the twelve rooms are occupied for this weekend due to the blizzard that is rapidly on its way. As the blizzard approaches and the weather takes a turn for the worse the electricity goes out and the guests settle in for a very long night. Soon one o...
  • Marc Bougharios
    This is by far one of my favourite books by Shari Lapena. Everything I’ve wanted in a book, I got from this one. The suspense, the mystery and the secrets. It had it all. The plot is so simple. People gathered in a hotel while a murdered is killing them one by one but you really don’t know who it is. If you figured it out early then good job, but I did not. I was trying to figure out who it was but I kept alternating within characters and I j...
  • Sarah
    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. ...
  • Liz Barnsley
    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.
  • Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)
    As a snowstorm rolls in, guests at Mitchell's Inn find themselves trapped until the storm passes. Despite being strangers, the guests politely chat with each other in an attempt to pass the time. Although their circumstances seem less than ideal, things aren't too bad, until they all wake up the next morning and see the body. One of the guests has been murdered. On top of that, there is no phone service, and the power has gone out. There is no wa...
  • Amanda
    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 ...