An Unwanted Guest

An Unwanted Guest

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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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, 2018.
ISBN: 9780385690799
Branch Call Number: FIC Lapen
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 23 cm.


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Jan 12, 2019

Sadly, this one isn’t my favorite. It’s started getting really cheesey. Her other books are better, so don’t give up on this author if this is the first you have read.

Jan 12, 2019

Like an Agatha Christie-a fun read for a dreary afternoon.

Dec 09, 2018

Hmmmm....don't know what to say really. Definitely LOTS of repetition. There is suspense and build up. Not so sure about the ending. Kind of anti-climatic.

Nov 17, 2018

If you are an Agatha Christie fan, don't bother to read this takeoff.

Nov 14, 2018

This is the best of her three books.

Nov 14, 2018

I always say you can tell a good mystery by the number of bodies. Too many bodies and you have a poor story. This book has 5 for a ridiculous plot with shallow characters and plenty of repetition.

Oct 23, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love a good thriller and this kept me guessing. I’m surprised at the variety of comments!

Oct 22, 2018

I have read many books, some excellent and some poor. I can honestly say this was the worse book I ever read. For a former English teacher her prose is laughable. Dialog between characters made me cringe. Plot is ludicrous.

Oct 15, 2018

Great book, kept me guessing to the end.

Aug 29, 2018

This is not a bad book, but it isn't good either. What you have is an OK story, though I must say the atmosphere Shari Lapena created was absolutely stunning. I love a good storm, whether it be snow, wind, or rain. If it's cold and gloomy, I'm all in!

The book focuses on a variety of guests and two staff members at a quaint and secluded hotel. After a body turns up and the power goes out, you can pretty much guess that everybody starts pointing the finger at one another while they either huddle together in one room, or recklessly run around in the dark hotel or outside it.

The end is the kind that most people probably won't figure out, even if you manage to guess the who, it is impossible to guess the why.

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