Synopsis of An Unwanted Guest
A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away
It’s winter in the Catskills and Mitchell’s Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing–maybe even romantic–weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery.
So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity–and all contact with the outside world–the guests settle in and try to make the best of it.
Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead–it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic.
Within the snowed-in paradise, something–or someone–is picking off the guests one by one. And there’s nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm–and one another.
Review of An Unwanted Guest
An Unwanted Guest, by Shari Lapena, has let me down quite a bit. It has all the ingredients to be a very good story but, by the end, it feels half-baked.
It achieves the atmosphere well: hotel on a mountain, isolated by snow, without no phone or electricity. The characters are well constructed and the intrigue quite well accomplished, though it gives very few clues. Once the bodies start to pile up, the atmosphere becomes increasingly tense and the surviving guests start to accuse each other.
So far so good, but the ending is very poor, too hasty and poorly resolved. When the police arrive and start investigating the crimes, the book starts to falter: the interrogations are dismal and bring nothing to the investigation. In fact, everything is resolved by a piece of evidence found under a corpse which pointed out the person who committed the crimes. If it weren’t for that piece of evidence, the matter wouldn’t have been resolved.
Despite all of this, it’s very entertaining and very easy to read.