Unsettling descriptions, a terrifying plot and an array of differing characters is what makes Lapena a bestselling author. She fails to disappoint and I always look forward to what she has in store.
‘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.’
Lapena has brought the Agatha Christie style ‘whodunnit’ into the 21st century, adding her own style in the process. You never quite know where you are going to be taken, nor who to trust, which makes it all the more excitable.
Mitchells Inn is THE perfect location; attractive, idyllic, the ultimate getaway… until of course it all goes wrong. A horrifying “accident” leads to a killer on the loose and to add to the suspense, plenty of red herrings are thrown in for good measure.
There is an eerie feel to the air as the storm gets worse, and the loss of power means little to no access to the outside world. Characters begin to get agitated, no doubt down to the inability to get away from the dead body at the bottom of the stairs, and suspicions escalate as a result.
The tale is told from multiple points of view. They are all at the hotel for their own reasons; some are looking for inspiration, others are escaping their past whilst there are those that are trying to save their future. I love the way Lapena builds on each character and only gives you slivers of each at a time. It helps me feel drawn to the storyline rather than being inundated with vital information and clues in one go.
The reveal is powerful as Lapena catches you out. It never is who you think. An Unwanted Guest is a book to devour in a day. Forget the household chores and enjoy a little ‘me-time’. This is thrilling escapism at its finest.
Thank you to Thomas Hill at Transworld for my copy in return for my opinion, and I always appreciate your support with my blog.