An Unwanted Guest

An Unwanted Guest

by Shari Lapena


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ISBN-13: 9780525557623
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 4,599
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Shari Lapena worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. Her suspense debut, The Couple Next Door, as well as her other novels, A Stranger in the House and An Unwanted Guest, were New York Times and international bestsellers.

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An Unwanted Guest 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
l couldn't wait to finish the book and find out "who done it" fun characters and well written
Anonymous 5 months ago
Awesome book! Would be a great read around Halloween! Scary and keeps you on edge! Just what I like.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I couldn't put this one down. It kept me in suspense and guessing through the entire book!
HowUsefulItIs 1 days ago
I started reading An Unwanted Guest on 11/3/18 and finished it on 11/17/18 at 3:36am. This book is an excellent read! I love how the story slowly reveals each person having a secret they want to keep hidden but at the same time very much wanting to unravel their peers' secrets. I enjoy reading each character's personal thoughts a lot. Lauren likes to size up other guests and right away decide who she likes and dislikes. Candace pays close attention to people's demeanor and Beverly notices body language when others don't realize. Many characters seems to be very observant, like David saying he can tell when someone lies. This book is told in the third person point of view following Gwen Delaney as she maneuvers the country road to the hotel for an uninterrupted getaway with her friend. Another view is Riley Shuter, a friend of Gwen where they went to journalism school together who just came back from Afghanistan. The third view is David Paley, top criminal defense attorney who arrives at the hotel to try to relax for the weekend, a rare downtime. The fourth view is Lauren Day driving with Ian Beeton when they spot a car on the side of the road and stopping to help. They see there are two women inside the car. The fifth view is Beverly Sullivan who is here with her husband to work on their marriage. The sixth view is Henry Sullivan who recognizes that he no longer loves his wife and doesn't know what to do about it. The seventh view is Dana Hart, beautiful, who is recently engaged and is on this trip with him. The eighth view is Mathew Hutchinson, Dana's fiancé and heir to a large fortune. The ninth view is Candace White and she's writing a book. The tenth view is James, hotel owner and the eleventh view is Bradley, hotel owner's son. They all are staying at Mitchell's Inn, family owned hotel, in the middle of a winter storm for a weekend getaway to forget about work and unhappiness in their lives. The twelfth view is Sergeant Sorensen, investigating the crimes. The multiple point of views are switching off within the chapter. This book is organized by a time line for the weekend starting Friday night. An Unwanted Guest is very well written and a fast paced read! The story started out similar to Agatha Christi's And Then There Were None with many characters to keep up. Not very original in my opinion, but I still enjoyed the read nonetheless. Each character has the potential to be the killer and I like that I couldn't guess who it was. I love that twist at the end. This is my first read from the author but it won't be the last. I highly recommend everyone to read this book! Pro: fast paced, page turner, hotel, observant characters Con: not an original start to the story I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Shari Lapena, publisher Penguin, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at for more details
Anonymous 8 days ago
I loved Lapena's first two books, but there was something about this book that was just not as satisfying. Sure I didn't see the ending coming, but at the beginning of the book there were just so many characters that I had to keep going back and remember who each character was. This is why I am only giving it 3 stars.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Great book! Couldn’t put it down!!!!
Spanish0live 28 days ago
I found this book to be a real yawner. It didn’t hold my attention and I really had to power through it to finish the book. Disappointing. I found her first book, The Couple Next Door, a pretty good read.
Anonymous 29 days ago
The author does a great job of creating a riveting story with a great mix of Agatha Christi and Alfred Hitchock style mystery and suspense.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Entralling thriller that keeps you sucked in and wanting more! I Read almost the whole book in one night and around 230am finally had to put it down so I wasn't completely miserable at work the next day. With my imagination running wild from the book, I convinced myself I was going to be murdered that night (queue sleeping with the lights on and snuggling with my dog). Unexpected ending and my favorite of her three books I've read!
Anonymous 4 months ago
The characters were easy to keep track of. I love that. Some writers make me think so hard to keep everyone straight it’s a chore to read. This book was actually relaxing.
SGMomma 5 months ago
If you love a good Agatha Christie story, this book is for you! I could not put this down. It was excellent from start to finish. Characters were well developed. I couldn't predict what was coming next and I loved that about this story. Clear your schedule, you will want time to finish this one because it will pull you in right away!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Well written, could not put the book down.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Great book - can't put it down - reminds me a little bit of Agatha Christie
FeatheredQuillBookReviews 8 months ago
Mitchell’s Inn in the mountains of New York is a luxury hotel. On a Friday night, with a snowstorm coming in, it is turning out to be a great place for a relaxing getaway - for a lot of people. Gwen and Riley are two friends who attended the same journalism school. After graduating, the two went into completely separate careers. Gwen became a communications person for a corporation while Riley decided to be a journalist in war zones. Since Riley’s work has drastically changed her, Gwen is hoping this weekend will help get Riley back to her old self. Along with Gwen and Riley, several other couples arrive for a nice, relaxing weekend. As the guests begin arriving, the winter storm starts to take a turn for the worst. With only two staff members, James and his son Bradley, guest services may suffer just a bit. During the night, the storm turns into an ice storm, and the hotel loses power. Not only does the hotel lose power, but with the roads still covered, they are all completely shut in until the roads get clear and power gets restored. When Lauren wakes up on Saturday morning and feels how cold it is, she realizes they must have lost power. Wondering if anyone else is up, she heads downstairs. As she is walking down the steps, she notices Dana laying at the bottom. As she checks to see if Dana is still alive, her surprised scream alerts everyone and they come running to see what happened. Most people guess that she must have fallen down the stairs, but David isn’t convinced. He suspects murder. Without power, there is no way to contact the police. David instructs everyone to leave Dana there and advises Matthew to stay in his room until they can contact the police. With a sheet covering Dana, everyone tries to get on with their Saturday. As the day goes on, people realize they haven’t seen Candice in a while. When the guests go to check on her in her room, they find her laying in the middle of the floor - strangled. Panic starts to set in on whether there might be a stranger at the inn, or a killer amongst them. At this point the guests decide that it would be best for them to all stay together. After searching the hotel and finding no signs of forced entry, they realize that there is a killer amongst them. When another person ends up dead... An Unwanted Guest was an amazing book that was truly hard to put down. It was very detailed and made me feel as if I was right there with the guests at the inn. The book is set up to test the reader's detective skills. You do not know the "why" until the very end, but you have your list of suspects and their alibis to help you figure out who the murderer is. But will you? The plot kept me guessing and will definitely keep you guessing too. Quill says: If you want a great who-done-it story that will test your detective skills, this is the one for you!
Anonymous 8 months ago
This book keeps the reader guessing. Great plot!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Really enjoyed this book & it kept me guessing until the very end!!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I liked the premise of this book. It was an interesting read. I definitely didn’t have it figured it out.
Anonymous 8 months ago
ASalt 9 months ago
“An Unwanted Guest” has an Agatha Christie-like setting where a group of people—hotel guests—are stuck together in an isolated setting (in this case, Catskills and Mitchell's Inn) during a snow storm with the electricity cut off. Soon, they stop dropping one by one. A killer is among their midst. But which one of the guests is it, and why are they committing the murders? The assortment of guests include a criminal defense lawyer, two friends, an engaged couple, a couple on the brink of divorce, a female author, etc. And each of the characters has a secret or two that makes them a suspect: one of them was once accused of killing his wife, another one had his brother die in mysterious circumstances during his childhood, while another guest is mentally unstable having returned from Afghanistan, etc. All the characters are written from the third person, which makes them more mysterious as the reader never has a chance to get inside their heads. Overall, I found this to be a quick read, with a concise plot. If you like locked-room mysteries with a finite number of suspects, you’ll likely enjoy this.