An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena @sharilapena @ThomasssHill @TransworldBooks #20BooksofSummer


Author : Shari Lapena
Title : An Unwanted Guest
Pages : 304
Publisher : Bantam Press / Transworld
Publication date : July 26, 2018


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.


Bless the insane heatwave and a nice bout of insomnia which allowed me to read this one in one sitting until the wee hours of the morning. I found myself so incredibly captivated from the first page that I didn’t even notice how late/early it was.

This Agatha Christie-esque scenario of a bunch of strangers trapped in a remote location will never get old, if you ask me. While the Inn sounds absolutely delightful when the guests arrive, things soon become a bit more creepy when the power goes out and you realise how many nooks and crannies this place has. Most of the time, I felt like was stumbling around in the dark just as much as the characters were.

After being introduced to the visitors to the Inn, I almost felt like a witness myself. Lounging on a sofa near the fireplace, checking out the people sitting around me, trying to figure them out and wondering what they were about. I had the urge to make a little spreadsheet, filling in what little information I was offered, adding tiny clues along the way. This is one of those stories, where I take a breather after each chapter, letting the new information I’ve gained sink in and try to figure things out before they are revealed to me.

I had a suspect in mind from the start, for reasons I obviously can’t divulge. There was a point where I briefly changed my mind but ultimately I went back to my original idea. To my surprise, it turned out I was right and I felt rather smug. Although, I couldn’t quite guess as to the motive behind it all.

An Unwanted Guest had me utterly engrossed from the very first page. With intriguing characters and no idea if there’d be another victim and who that would be, the nail-biting tension had me in its clutches until the end. Brilliantly written and intensely absorbing, I can see this murder mystery being in my list of top books of the year come December. And now I should really go check out some of Shari Lapena’s other books!

My thanks to Thomas Hill at Transworld for my review copy!

An Unwanted Guest is available to buy!

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Book 9 from my 20 Books of Summer list.


  21 comments for “An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena @sharilapena @ThomasssHill @TransworldBooks #20BooksofSummer

  1. August 2, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Fab review! If this wasn’t a Pigeonhole read I would’ve read it in one go as well.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. August 2, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Sounds great! wonderful review! 🙂

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  3. August 2, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I really want to read this, enjoyed her other book The couple next door with all the twists and turns. Sounds like she has not disappointed again!

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 2, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      I bought her other ones after finishing this. Hoping to read them on holiday. Hope you enjoy this one when you get around to it!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. August 2, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I’m so pleased you liked it this much, as I’ve just picked it up from the shop! So now I know, I’m in for a treat!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. August 2, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    I’m reading this via The Pigeonhole at the moment and have absolutely no clue ‘whodunnit’. Can’t wait to find out!

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 2, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      Another Pigeonhole reader! I wouldn’t be able to do it, reading in staves. But I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying it!

      Liked by 1 person

      • August 3, 2018 at 9:45 am

        I never thought I would be able to either but it works really well as I can read more than one book at a time that way and I find I can just about squeeze that half an hour in somewhere in the day.

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  6. Yvo
    August 2, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    I’ve been eyeing this one for a while now! I’m glad to hear it was a good one for you.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. August 3, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Fantastic review Eva. Unfortunately I wasn’t too impressed with The Couple Next Door but this sounds like a great read that I’d be intrigued to give a shot! 😁

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 3, 2018 at 10:15 am

      You weren’t? I do have that one but probably won’t get around to reading it for a while. 🙄

      Liked by 1 person

      • August 3, 2018 at 4:09 pm

        It was okay it definitely wasn’t bad and loads of people have liked it so maybe you will too? Just didn’t blow me away. 😕

        Liked by 1 person

  8. August 3, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Yet to read anything by this author but this certainly sounds like a great read. Glad you enjoyed it even if you were able to guess the villain’s identity. Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 3, 2018 at 10:14 am

      This was my first one by her as well. I bought the other two right away 😄


  9. August 4, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    I have 2 other books by this Author, neither of which I have read yet! Ooops, so if I like those two I will get this one. It certainly sounds like a good one though.

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 4, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      I bought the other two right after I finished this one. No clue when I’ll get around to reading them though. xx

      Liked by 1 person

  10. August 6, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    I’m surprised the motive wasnt explained in the conclusion. Otherwise sounds delightful creepy!


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