An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
We can’t choose the strangers we meet.
As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance.
Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid.
With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run.
Until we find ourselves in a situation we can’t escape. Trapped.
- The Getaway from Hell
How would you feel if you find yourself trapped in a secluded hotel during an ice storm with no means of escape and a killer on the loose? Sounds like the getaway from hell, doesn’t it?
- The Agatha Christie Vibe
This is a suspenseful whodunit mystery with a prominent ‘Agatha Christie’ vibe to it.
As the myriad characters were introduced, I feared that it might be a bit of a shore to remember each one of them with their respective secrets and backstories but fortunately, that wasn’t the case as the author made sure to give them enough substance to stand out but not enough to connect with, which I don’t mind in this kind of stories.
- The Cliché
I loved the writing and the creepy setting. Some of the characters were somewhat cliché and not very likeable.
- The Final Reveal
The story also gives you the feel that everyone is guilty till proven innocent. Therefore, I did not figure out the killer or why they did what they did till the final reveal, which I felt was a bit rushed and also a tad underwhelming but that’s probably because I had high expectations and so I was bound to feel a bit let down. Moreover, the motives of the killer weren’t very convincing in my opinion.
- The Final Verdict
However, I did enjoy the very last sentences of this utterly gripping book and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a thrilling mystery!
I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me a copy of this book.
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