Name: An Unwanted Guest
Author: Shari Lapena
Number of Pages: 304 (Hardback)
Published: July 26th 2018 by Bantam Press
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
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 all 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, everyone starts 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. – from Goodreads
What should have been an idyllic, cosy weekend away becomes a nightmare as a group of apparent strangers becomes stranded by an ice storm and there’s a power outage at the hotel.
The claustrophobic feel of being hemmed in by brutal weather conditions, vulnerable through lack of contact with the outside world (there is no phone signal, no internet), and without light or heat would be unsettling enough, but then there is an ‘accident’ and a guest is found dead.
It isn’t long before tensions mount; suspicions and paranoia give rise to the idea that maybe it wasn’t an accident at all, and maybe there is a murderer among the group, or someone unknown, who may have gained access to the hotel without anyone knowing.
An Unwanted Guest provides a suspenseful, fast-paced whodunnit murder mystery with an air of creepiness as the potential victims wander the dark corridors and the winter-swept grounds of the hotel in search of a killer.
There are so many people, all with their own issues, any of which may potentially be a killer, even though at first glance they’re just regular everyday folks on a holiday, and this kept me guessing throughout and it was only moments before the final reveal that I started to have suspicions about a certain character.
An Unwanted Guest is murder mystery with a wonderfully eerie setting and a great cast of potential suspects to keep you guessing until the final page. An enjoyable read, and perfect for this time of year.