An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena (Mini Review)

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

Format: Paperback

Source: Brought from charity shop

Publisher: Corgi

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

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.

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My Thoughts & Review

An Unwanted guest is the third book by Shari Lapena that I’ve read. I really enjoyed The Couple Nextdoor, but sadly wasn’t a fan of A Stranger In The House, and this one well let’s just say I was left underwhelmed.

When I read the description of this book it sounded like something I would really enjoy, but sadly I was left a little disappointing.  I thought that for such a short book things took way too long to get going and then when it finally did we are at the end of the book. Also, the book felt quite rushed in places especially at the end. 

Now for the characters, well they were an interesting bunch but their characterisation on a whole was underdeveloped and didn’t fell as realistic enough, this was especially noticeable in their reactions to what was happening. I for one know that if people started dying I where I was staying I would be scared sh*tless, and everyone would know about it. Also, I would have liked a little more background on some of the characters. 

Overall I wasn’t blown away by this read and think it was just ok. Now you’re probably wondering would I recommend it? Well yes I would especially if you like your psychological thrillers to be plot driven rather than character driven. But if you like character driven psychological thrillers then it may be worth skipping. But then again I am in the minority of readers who didn’t love this book, so you never know you may end up loving it!!

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!

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  1. I enjoyed reading An Unwanted Guest. I always love plots with lots of possible suspects though, but I agree with you that it caused the characters to be a bit underdeveloped. If the cast hadn’t been this big she probably had more pages to develop them. Thank you for your honest review!

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    • I too like when their are multiple suspects but as I said, I thought they were just underdevelopedand, and a bit unrealistic with their behaviour and action.

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