Book Review #An Unwanted Guest

Hey, everyone. It’s no secret I love a good, page-turning mystery. I scored big time with this one.

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.

My Review

I love it when I come across a book that I don’t want to put down. An Unwanted Guest is one of them. I read it in two days and the only reason I didn’t finish in one night was because I had to sleep.

It sounds like the perfect weekend getaway—a quaint old-fashioned hotel where there is no cell phone service and no Wi-fi to distract its guests. The registry isn’t computerized, and instead of magnetic cards, rooms are locked with an old-fashioned key.

To top it off, the guests arrive during the middle of a winter storm. It’s so bad, in fact, that some of the hotel staff aren’t able to make it to work and a few guests canceled their weekend plans.

Lucky them.

A power outage changes the atmosphere from pleasant to ominous. It’s not long before murder is afoul. First one victim, then two, then a third…

Each of the guests, as well as one staff member, has things from their past to hide. But aside from the companions they arrived with, none of them knew one another before coming to the hotel. Are the murders connected? If so, why?

Written in present tense from varying points of view, this book held my attention to the end. I had suspicions about several of the characters and kept hoping it wasn’t a particular character that I instantly liked. While I figured out the murderer’s identity, there was a totally unexpected jaw-dropping twist at the end.

Unquestionably five stars for this one!

37 thoughts on “Book Review #An Unwanted Guest

    1. It was reminiscent of Agatha’s book (which I read for the first time last year). It’s one I’d heard lots of good things about but hadn’t read. I enjoyed it as well. Christie was a master at leaving readers in suspense right until the end.

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  1. Wow, what an amazing review, Joan. When a book captures me, as this one did for you, I don’t want to put it down. I need to grab this one. Thank you for introducing me to Shari. 😊

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  2. Yay! What a great review, Joan. As you know, I positively LOVED this book, and it served to turn the author into an auto-buy for me. The twist at the end was mind-boggling. I think this was also the book that made me fall in love with present tense POV for suspense/thrillers.

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  3. Sounds positively riveting AND chilling, Joan, in every sense of the word! I’ve been reading fantasy almost exclusively lately, trying to escape reality for a while, but this one sounds tempting. Thanks for a super review! Adding it to my “future” TBR pile. 😀

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  4. In the best tradition of Agatha Christie – her famous play The Mouse Trap has the characters trapped in a hotel in a storm and it is still a perfect idea for a story. The snow in Texas proves you can get trapped by weather even in the 21st century!

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