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Publisher's Summary

An instant New York Times best seller!

The twisty new thriller from the best-selling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House

A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway...but when the storm hits, no one is getting away

It's winter in the Catskills and Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing - maybe even romantic - weekend away. It 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 good murder mystery. 

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 and try to make the best of it. 

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead - it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic. Within the snowed-in paradise, something - or someone - is picking off the guests one by one. And there's nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm...and one another.

©2018 Shari Lapena (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Lapena Does It Again!

I love Shari Lapena's books, so when I saw An Unwanted Guest was available for pre-order, I immediately spent my monthly credit and waited for its release...and waited...and waited!! Today it was finally released! Yay! I spent the entire day listening to it non-stop, and I have no regrets whatsoever! It is a little different from her other books - instead of being a domestic thriller, it follows a murder mystery theme. The characters consist of multiple individuals, singles and couples, who are spending the weekend at a lodge. Some are there for a romantic getaway, while others are not, but either way, due to the weather taking a turn for the worse, the group quickly goes from not knowing one another to all being in the same boat...actually, the same lodge, but you get the picture. :-) One by one, the bodies start to pile up, leaving everyone wondering if the killer is one of them, or if someone from the outside has joined them without their knowledge. Unable to battle the storm, they have no choice but to wait it out and pray one of them isn't the next victim. The problem is, with no internet, no cell phones, and no electricity, no one knows to come save them.

I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery from start to finish, and it left me guessing all the way up to the big reveal. Lapena is a master of those last minute kickers, too. No worries, she has one for you at the very end. Although there are a few murders throughout the book, it is not a bloody or gory listen by any means, for those of you who were maybe worried about feeling queasy. There are quite a few characters, though, so listen closely! Knowing what I do now, I may go back and re-listen to see if I can pick up some of the clues I missed the first time through. If you like a good whodunnit mystery, you will love An Unwanted Guest. Everything is so well written, leaving no loose ends. It is super engaging, kept me on the edge of my seat, and is 100% unpredictable. I loved it!

Hillary Huber's performance as narrator was excellent. This is my first time listening to her, and I have no complaints. Her smooth voice and calm demeanor were the perfect balance for the suspenseful storyline. She kept a great pace, and her consistent tone made for a completely easy and enjoyable listen. While I'm sure the book is great, I'm so happy I decided to listen to the audiobook because her Huber's performance made my overall experience that much better.

I loved the audiobook An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena, narrated by Hillary Huber, and I give it a rating of 5/5 stars across the board. Fans of suspense, mysteries, and thrillers will be hooked immediately and want to listen straight through. It definitely gives any murder mystery I've ever listened to a run for its money! I give it my high recommendation...you will not be disappointed.

Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)

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breath taking

this book was incredible! keeped me guessing. never would have guessed who did it. it's a must read book

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So disappointed - DNF at 2hrs 57 minutes

I just couldn't do it anymore!!

This is the first book I've ever listened to by Shari Lapena. I tried to read The Couple Next Door and having a daughter under two myself, my anxiety got the better of me and I couldn't enjoy it so I put it away for good.

When I saw An Wanted Guest pop up on my new releases, I was immediately intrigued by the story, put it ahead of other books I've had waiting in my queue, and was hoping for a cozy whodunit mystery to satisfy my craving for cooler weather (I hate summer) just in time for September to roll in. That's not what I got with this book. At all. Instead I was met with an mediocre story that failed to hold my attention for more than two minutes. The characters were cliche, uninteresting, and just plain unlikable. There was nobody I was rooting for. Nobody I connected with. Nobody that made things even remotely interesting... and I'm not sure if it was entirely Lapena's fault.

The narration and editing for this book was god awful. GOD. AWFUL. If I could give it zero stars, I would. I can't think of a more accurate way to describe it. It was like listening to a robot attempt to add life into already wooden characters and failing miserably. No emotion, no change in tone or timbre no matter the scene or conversation, no storytelling quality whatsoever.

I think having it read by Siri or a bot would've made it sound more interesting.

She sounded incredibly bored the entire time, even during the parts that I believe were SUPPOSED to be exciting and suspenseful. The few times she TRIED to differentiate and add something to certain dialogue, it came off annoying, forced, , and didn't fit with what was going on at all. If you're going to do something like attempt to add different voices for different characters, commit to it fully or don't do it at all otherwise it comes off sounding like this. It was excruciating and ultimately is the number one reason I did not finish this book.

As for the book itself, I wasn't impressed. Like I said above, I was super disappointed, as it lacked the suspense and edge-of-my seat quality I have gotten with other murder mysteries. Given the setting, there was so much potential for a very gripping story line and instead it was blah. People meandering around, getting food, having uninteresting conversations with each other, staring at each other and it being narrated about BADLY for two solid minuets - that type of slow-moving conversation that makes for a difficult read to enjoy. I foundLapena's writing to be juvenile - I felt that it often read like fan fiction. "She says..." "He says..." It sounded like a high school literature project. This was only made worse by the terrible narration.

Overall, I wasn't wild about the story. Hated the narration. Didn't care of the writing style. Didn't finish it. Shari Lapena, this is where we part ways. And Hillary Huber, I would suggest taking acting lessons. Lots of them.

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It felt like Siri was narrating

The voice of the narrator was had to get used to. At times her voice sounded artificial. I had to get beyond her voice to get into the story.

The storyline was great and the ending did not disappoint.

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Could have been good.....

but the writing is just awful. The premise of the story is reminiscent of vintage Agatha Christie, but this author seriously needs a good editor or a course in writing. There is no style, the prose is flat, the characters lifeless. Unfortunately, the narration is pretty flat, too. ( I'm guessing the narrator struggled to add any life to this inept writing.) I stuck with it only to find out "who dun it". Disappointing.

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One of the best books yet!!

I am a huge fan of Shari Lapena! I get sucked into every book she writes but THIS BOOK is by far the best one yet!!! It had me sucked in like a movie, envisioning every little thing that happened! It was like going to a murder mystery and then just when you think the end of the book is near and they’ve revealed everything, she throws an awesome curve ball at the end!! I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who loves a good murder mystery and mind teaser! It will have you guessing until the very end!! This book would make an amazing movie!!!!! Thank you Shari Lapena for writing yet another amazing spellbinding book!!!

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Wooden characters, unimaginative narration

I feel readers need a counterpoint to the glowing reviews so far. If you enjoy endless descriptions of things like bookshelves and bar carts, then this is the book for you. The characters were stock and so poorly drawn that when the victims “piled up” I felt nothing and when the culprit was revealed I had to take a beat to place just which character it was. The narrator sounds like an unimaginative 6th grade teacher, making occasional attempts to differentiate the characters when she thought if it. I think she was bored and unimpressed too.

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great story

I really enjoyed the story and the characters but it was drawn out and slow.

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I need more Shari Lapena in my life

3/3 - I’ve read three books now by Shari Lapena and I’ve loved every single one of them. I feel like I’m watching Shari Lapena be the next Big thing and I can’t wait till they start making tv shows and movies from her work.

With An Unwanted Guest, an unexpected murder mystery takes place in a hotel during a cold brisk storm. This was THE PERFECT winter read (weird that the publishers put it out during the summer, but I’m so glad I waited to listen to it during the cold months).

Lapena has this a gift of telling detailed and sensible 3rd person narratives with multiple character perspectives. I was never confused as which speaker was speaking because of the writing. Thank goodness, because the narrator’s voices sounded similar, so I couldn’t rely on just the narrator.

The ending was somewhat choppy—the murderer had a good motive, but I found that motive to come out of left field—almost made the author unreliable in a way. But I like unreliable narrators/authors, so that doesn’t bother me terribly.

Overall, I would listen to this again. Can’t wait for more Lapena!!!!

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Too close to Clue?

liked the book, but the plot reminded me of the game clue. I guessed the killer at one point, but liked the surprise at the end.