Thursday, 19 July 2018

Book Review - An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena - Blog Tour

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Title: An Unwanted Guest
Author: Shari Lapena
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Publisher supplied copy
Publisher: Transworld
Publication Date: 26th July 2018
Rating: 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 read this in one sitting, out in my garden on a hot sunny day.  I was utterly gripped but had I been reading it on a cold wintery day I after dark, I would have probably been terrified too! 

This is a well paced claustrophobic thriller, and as the body county rises, the list of potential suspects goes down, as it is incredibly hard to predict or work out who is killing everyone and why.  

But what we do know is that of all the people that visit Mitchell's Inn over this snowy and icy weekend, to a location that is in the middle of nowhere, that not everyone will be coming home alive. 

Mitchell's Inn itself is a fabulous sounding hotel, full of character and has no mobile reception of wifi, so when the first body is found, in the middle of a power outage, it is hard to know what to do or who to trust. 

What is fascinating is seeing how all the guests deal with the situation, and just what secrets come out about them all in the most unusual of circumstances.  I have no idea how I would have reacted had I been staying at the inn that weekend, apart from being incredibly scared. 

The writing is evocative, it transports you to the inn, and after initial confusion of so many characters introduced very quickly,  and once you are hooked and lulled into a false sense of security, the tension ramps up and will reach boiling point. 

An Unwanted Guest is the second book I have read by Shari Lapena, although it didn't quite amaze me in the way that The Couple Next Door did,  I still found it to be a curious look at human behaviour in an extreme situation, and an incredibly gripping read. 

Thank you to Anne Cater for organising this blog tour and organising this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Don't forget to visit the rest of the blogs on this fabulous blog tour. 

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