Reviews for An unwanted guest

Publishers Weekly
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This disappointing thriller from bestseller Lapena (A Stranger in the House) riffs on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. A small group of people arrive for the weekend at Mitchell's Inn, deep in the snowy Catskills, where they hope to enjoy the seclusion and natural beauty of the mountains. The first evening, a young woman, Dana Hart, is found dead at the bottom of the stairs. To lawyer David Paley, it doesn't look like an accident, and he suspects Dana's fiancé, Matthew Hutchinson. The problem is that there's a winter storm raging, and the inn is without power and a generator. Since they can't contact the police, the guests settle in for a long wait, and the presence of a dead body only exacerbates the mounting tensions. Each guest is hiding a dark secret, and as the secrets are revealed and accusations are hurled, the body count rises, and it seems that no one is safe. The pace picks up in the third act, but it's not enough to save a narrative populated with emotionally distant characters and paint-by-the-numbers murders. Agent: Helen Heller, Helen Heller Agency (Canada). (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal
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Best friends Gwen and Riley are on their way to Mitchell's Lodge in New York's Catskills for a much-needed weekend escape. Fortunately for them, Lauren and Ian are also headed to the lodge and rescue the pair when their car gets stuck in the ditch. Meanwhile, six other guests have arrived at the lodge, including two couples, a writer traveling alone, and an unaccompanied attorney looking for rest and relaxation. Soon the guests' weekend plans are dashed. When the first body is discovered there's hope that it could be an accident, but after the second death, it's obvious that someone is murdering the guests and it's one of them. Everyone has a secret to hide and no one is above suspicion. VERDICT Lapena (The Couple Next Door) has written a great whodunit, with a delicious Christie-like vibe. Fans of the author's first novel will want this, and anyone who savors a well-crafted murder mystery will gobble it up!-Cynthia Price, Francis Marion Univ. Lib., Florence, SC © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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