An Unwanted Guest

An Unwanted Guest

Book - 2018
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A remote lodge in upstate New York is the perfect winter wonderland getaway . . . until the bodies start piling up.

It's winter in the Catskills and the weather outside is frightful, but Mitchell's Inn is so delightful! The cozy lodge nestled deep in the woods is perfect for a relaxing--maybe even romantic--weekend away. The Inn boasts spacious old rooms with huge wood-burning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or just curling up with a book and someone you love.

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. The power's down but they've got candles, blankets and firewood--a genuine rustic experience!

Soon, though, a body turns up--surely an accident. When a second body appears, they start to panic. Then they find a third body.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something--or someone--is picking off the guests one by one. They can't leave, and with no cell service, there's no prospect of getting the police in until the weather loosens its icy grip.

The weekend getaway has turned deadly. For some couples, it's their first time away. For others, it will be their last. And there's nothing they can do about it but huddle in and hope they can survive the storm.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2018
ISBN: 9780385690799
Branch Call Number: LAP
Characteristics: 290 p. ;,23 cm

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 16, 2021

This was a great "locked door" type of mystery thriller. I liked that I was able to turn my brain off and just let the story wash over me. It kind of reminded me of the board game clue, gathering little clues from what other game players guess and write down but never really knowing exactly. It was a puzzle and I will fully admit I missed some clues! I like that we never get to know the characters all the way so that it keeps us guessing and watching for hints about what they each may actually be thinking and doing.

VaughanPLKatherine Jan 06, 2021

This book would be great for anyone who likes Agatha Christie, as it resembles a similar plot to her mysteries (a whodunnit where all characters are placed in the same setting). In this case, it was set in a cozy inn during a snow storm.

I prefer my mysteries to focus on the murderers psyche and I do wish the author did that a bit more so I could understand their motivations. However, it was still a fun read.

flightofabluebird Dec 18, 2020

Perfect winter mystery to keep you guessing all the way to the conclusion. It reminded me a lot of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Loved the ending, what a great twist!

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Horseshoe
Nov 24, 2020

I really enjoyed reading this book and couldn't put it down. I really liked the atmosphere and the setting of the book and also how you could visualize the images you were reading about. Full of suspense and an easy read.

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herlz
Oct 13, 2020

Liked the setting of this book, liked how we were able to see things from everyone’s POV and liked that it was fast paced. About halfway, I figured who the killer was, although the writer did a good job trying to make you think otherwise. The ending with Beverly though...very much enjoyed that!

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Alpha_zzz
Sep 18, 2020

This was a really good book! I’ve been looking for something along the lines of Agatha Christie’s “And then there were none”, and this fits the bill. A secluded setting with a variety of characters. A snow and ice storm to make driving impassable for any outside help. The character development was excellent, and it truly was a “development” in that you weren’t told the backstories of each in the beginning. Each character’s past was revealed in time. Add to those features a murder, or two, or three or ??? A wonderful whodunnit that I would recommend!

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21597david
Sep 17, 2020

It was an alright book. One dimensional characters, but very suspenseful. I thought I had everything figured out, but I read this book in 1 day because I needed to know who did it. I liked A Stranger in the House more. I am now going to read "Someone We Know"

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ginwin29
Aug 25, 2020

Tension builds as guests staying at a snowed-in inn start turning up dead in Christie-like mystery. Unfortunately, the characters were one-dimensional and not very likable so I didn't really care about their fates.

ChristchurchLib Apr 22, 2020

A cosy inn set deep in the woods sounds like a lovely setting for a romantic getaway or vacation. But when a blizzard sets in and the power is lost, terrifying things begin to happen. Bodies begin to show up, and the guests soon find they are being hunted. Who will be next? There's no escape. Shari Lapena's writing is fast-paced, and full of tension and suspense. A whodunit mystery with a locked room theme.

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lunabookworm55
Apr 14, 2020

I really don't like the characters, they're a lot of either sexual tension or marital issues coming from unlikable characters that I cannot relate to, I'm not invested, I put this one down quickly.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 16, 2021

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 16, 2021

We learned that people will believe what they want to believe. And it’s truly frightening how easily they’ll believe it.

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