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An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena – Book Review

A modern twist on Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” An Unwanted Guest was a fun take on an isolated murder mystery, pushing you forward because you had to know the ending. The characters were mostly unsavory, the setting was truly isolated (can you get much more isolated than a mountain inn in the midst of a snowstorm? I honestly don’t think so.). As the characters begin to share the store from their own perspective, the reader is challenged to piece together the mystery and discover the killer – whether it’s a secret person in the hotel or on of the individuals that decided to visit Mitchell’s Inn.  Was it the woman clearly suffering from PTSD?  The man accused of murdering his wife many moons ago?  The woman that discovered her husband was being unfaithful? Or someone else? Dun dun dunnnnn….

I genuinely enjoyed this story, getting sucked into the whodunnit almost immediately (and accusing people even faster, if that’s even possible)!  While I will admit my recent reading of Agatha Christie’s novel kind of skewed my rating (I gave it 3 stars as opposed to the 4 or 5 that I would have felt inclined to rate it otherwise), I definitely felt the drive to push forward.  I especially loved the ending…the final paragraph was chilling perfection!

Overall, this was a fun take on a murder mystery, pushing you forward until you get to the end because you *have* to know what happened.  Thank you so much to the Flyleaf Books and the publisher for providing my review copy! You already know it’s my privilege to share my honest thoughts and opinions with our readers.



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