Monday, 5 August 2019

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

An Unwanted Guest
An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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

I loved The Couple Next Door and was equally impressed by this cleaver who dunnit in An Unwanted Guest. So typically Agatha Christie in the way the story is woven from the atmospheric setting of an isolated hotel cut off in a snow storm to the complex clever characterisation of the colourful and secretive guests. And as guests start dying the suspense builds as it hurtles the reader at breakneck speed like a runaway train to the end.

I loved the plot and pace of this novel, each guest hiding secrets that provide so many red herrings that it’s almost impossible to unravel the truth until Shari Lapena wants to reveal it to the reader.

Full of suspense this psychological thriller takes the reader on a roller coaster of a ride from start to finish - a great read truly a stand out novel and has to get a five star rating. Highly recommended.

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