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An Unwanted Guest

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giving something of value (or even a promise of something) in exchange for staying at the property. Another thrilling domestic suspense novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and Not a Happy Family A big thank you to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and Shari Lapena for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Apart from the plot, the characters are very well crafted. Each character looks like a suspect and you are no closer to solving the mystery, till the very end. The pacing in this book was perfect. I felt the ending was well explained though it offers very little clues beforehand. Lapena does a great job of building suspense and leaving enough unanswered questions about each character. This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. On the one hand, I found the premise and initial setup thoroughly intriguing. Just like the best Golden Age mysteries, there is a limited set of suspects, and everyone is acting questionable and hiding something. In fact, the cover of the book compares this to Agatha Christie, which is high aspiration indeed. If Trisha is staying in your guest room and convinces the cops that she's providing even minimal help in exchange for a place to stay, she's a lodger. And evicting a tenant or a lodger is a civil matter, which means the cops won't touch it. Congratulations, you're a landlord now!But by early the next morning, things take a drastic turn. A body has been found at the bottom of the staircase at the Inn. And that's only the beginning... Don’t make yourself or your home available when they’re in town. If someone is coming into town who you know will try to invite themselves to your home, make yourself scarce. By not being around, you’ll make it very hard for them to settle in as a houseguest. An Unwanted Guest has redeemed Shari Lapena in my eyes. I feel so relieved I don't have to write her off completely!

Lapena describes Mitchell's Inn as a quaint upscale lodge with all the finery of lush carpets, luxurious tufted pillows on every bed, quality stone fireplaces, and the ultimate cuisine. It's run by a father/son duo who have been short staffed because of the inclement weather. But the show must go on and go on it will. Is that unwanted guest an untidy person? Just make them a list of specific chores. Make sure that the chores shouldn’t be too hard but they need to be constant. For example: changing the baby, vacuuming the house, walking the dog, mowing the lawn, etc. I’m sure nobody on vacation is interested in having their hands worked like that. 11. Tell Them Someone Else Is Going To Stay This was my second time reading Shari Lapena. “The Couple Next Door” was totally fun for me.... especially the ending....where I found myself dying of laughter.Laws vary, but in most states, a person commits the crime of trespass by entering or remaining in a building or on land without permission from the owner or resident. Even if the owner initially gave the person permission to hang out or stay at their house, the person can still commit trespassing by not leaving when the owner asks. For example, a person who remains at a party after the owner tells them to leave is trespassing. And without spoiling, I have to say the very last chapter left me with a grin of pleasure on my face. It was perfect! The last little twist left me giddy with excitement. I can’t wait for readers to discover this book! A quiet hotel in the midst of winter, contrasting personalities put together, and murderous events happening over the course of a weekend makes up this chilling and suspenseful murder mystery by Shari Lapena. Lapena is known for her novels, The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House—a mixture of dialogue with strange, unique characters, and mysteries that keep you guessing until the very end of the book. But, An Unwanted Guest is most definitely her best novel yet. Take small steps to make your home less inviting. There are small things you can do to make your home a whole lot less attractive to stay at. And while these things might seem small to you, they might be enough to get your house guest to reconsider their living plans. Let them know that your work and family life are so busy that you can’t be the type of host you want to be at the moment. They should consider visiting again in the future.

Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author Shari Lapena, publisher Penguin, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.The writing was what threw me off. It was.....really bland. And made the whole experience really slow and plodding...uninteresting. The characters were another poor aspect. None of them were likable or relatable and almost everyone made really, really stupid decisions regarding how to stay alive.

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