An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest

New from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the HouseA 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 w...

Details An Unwanted Guest

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

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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4 stars! Review to come....
  • Mandy White
    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...
  • Lou
    "An Unwanted Guest" had an old school crime fiction feel to it which was complemented by the dark and oppressive atmospherics. Definitely a little of Agatha Christie in this story which was amazing, it reminded me especially of "And Then There Were None". There aren't many contemporary crime writers who can create this type of atmosphere. Ms Lapena pulls it off with aplomb, everything seems to align to create a story I truly loved.The book is set...
  • Susan
    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 Hutc...
  • 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 ...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    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 t...
  • 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 Christ...
  • Rachel Gilbey
    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 Mit...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    Did you like Ten Little Indians from Agatha Christie? Then you'll love this book. OK- it doesn't have a dazzlingly brilliant ending like T.L.I but still a pretty enjoyable, tense, atmospheric read.Some strangers come to a hotel for a weekend break. Snow and ice gets roads blocked. People start dying. Eeek! I was curling my toes to find out who the killer was.I've read Lapena before and definitely will read her again!
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    When a weekend away at a snowy inn gets dark and murderous, so many things are not as they seem. Shari Lapena's third book is hands down my favorite - this one was so much fun and honestly, I had no idea who the murderer was! Think one of those murder mystery weekends at a hotel - but for these characters, this is no game! Due to a blizzard, phone lines are down, cell service is out, and the nature of the Inn is to get away from the internet, so,...
  • Karen
    4.5*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...