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An Unwanted Guest
by Shari Lapena

Brenda’s Traveling Sisters Review

Norma and I were lost in a Coulee reading An Unwanted Guest with seven of our Traveling Sisters and overall we all had very similar thoughts on this one. A few twists here with this story and one especially that left us with something to talk about and left us completely satisfied in the end.

Right from the start, Shari Lapena pulled us into this story with a very chilling setting here with a hotel snowed in. We all loved the feeling we got from the storm and the spooky feeling of being trapped with people you don’t know, with nowhere to go and no one can come to help. The suspense and tension rises when bodies start to drop like flies and we started questioning just who was the unwanted guest.

An Unwanted Guest is an easy, fast-paced, fun and entertaining read and safe from any disturbing darkness. Not much complexity here but it is not needed. The story is cleverly plotted for a fun and entertaining read. As one sister said (Debra) in our discussion the strength is in the characters and their inner thoughts and their interactions with other characters. I highly recommend and can see this story appealing to a wide audience.


Norma’s Review

4.5 Stars! A weekend getaway at a cozy mountain lodge I would say is my ideal getaway but if I’m snowed in with no power and a murderer amongst the midst with no way out……I’d be totally scared right out of my wits!

AN UNWANTED GUEST by SHARI LAPENA is a fast-paced, tension-filled, compelling, suspenseful, and a chilling read that immediately grabbed my attention and kept me pretty much guessing right to the very end. Although, there are a few clues that I did pick up on, it did not spoil the actual reveal for me at all. Oh, and that final twist in the end… shocker and I absolutely loved it!

SHARI LAPENA delivers an atmospheric, appealing and cleverly written read here that has an old-fashioned whodunit storyline, a huge cast of characters and an extremely eerie and haunting setting. Even though this book has several characters in it I was never confused in who was who or had any trouble in keeping them all straight.

The setting, characters, and vintage feel to this story is what I found the most entertaining and enjoyable. Would highly recommend!

* Traveling Sisters Group Read


Lindsay’s Review

Eerie.   Suspenseful.   Haunting. Mysterious.  Captivating.

This was a gripping, addictive and highly atmospheric thriller that had me flying through the pages!  The setting is a remote, old-fashioned luxury hotel where guests arrive to spend a relaxing weekend in vintage lavishness.  They arrive just as a brutal winter storm hits, cutting off electricity to the hotel along with any possible contact with the outside world.   The plot unfolds as a whodunit murder mystery – is the killer among the guests or is there someone lurking in the shadows of the hotel?

The characters were great!   Though there are several characters and relationships to keep track of, Shari Lapena does such a wonderful job developing them that I could follow the storyline effortlessly.   I loved what each character brought to the mystery. My mind was spinning trying to piece together this intricate and twisty tale.

This was a Traveling Sister read.  As always, it was a pleasure discussing and theorizing the possible motivations and conclusions.


Thank you so much from all of us to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and Shari Lapena for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

11 thoughts on “An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena #BookReview #travelingsistersread

  1. Lindsay says:

    Loved reading this with you! Such a great book! Fantastic reviews sisters! 💜

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    1. Thank you so much, Lindsay! We loved reading this book with you too! 💕

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Mackenzie says:

    Would love a cozy getaway with my Traveling Sisters as well! But count me out for the murderer as well 😂😂 Loved reading this with you all!!!

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    1. We loved reading this one with you too, Mackenzie! 💕

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  3. stslusher says:

    This one sounds so good! Wonderful review, ladies!

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  4. Abby says:

    Great review! I loved this book too! So creepy and chilling. I made sure that I didn’t ever read it while I was home alone. 😉

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    1. Thank you so much, Abby! I am so glad to hear that you loved this one too! I agree so totally creepy & chilling!! 😊


  5. carhicks says:

    Lovely reviews ladies. I need to read this one. She is a wonderful author and her thrillers are definitely thrilling.


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