THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. The new pulse-pounding and unputdownable thriller from the author of the number one bestseller THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, and A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE.
'Tense. Unpredictable. Unputdownable. Shari Lapena's novels are domestic noir at its finest' Simon Kernick
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.
‘If you want an unputdownable thriller, you’re in luck – best-seller Shari Lapena is back with a new whodunnit . . . Crafted like a vintage Christie and just as tense, this will be a smash hit’ Heat
'[An Unwanted Guest] once again shows her gift for smart characterisation combined with a subtle appreciation for the darkness of the human heart . . . A perfectly choreographed danse macabre' Mail on Sunday
‘Shari Lapena combines the cosy feel and cunning plotting of an Agatha Christie-era whodunnit with a sharp eye for contemporary life and she is rapidly becoming a go-to author for anyone seeking a light but lip-smacking mystery’ Sunday Express
‘The psychological thrillers of Lapena are masterclasses in tightly plotted, economical narrative…This third novel has a premise straight out of a Agatha Christie classic’ Metro
'An excellent mystery! Agatha Christie meets P D James' Ragnar Jonasson
Readers love Shari Lapena:
‘Best book I’ve read in ages’
‘5* fast paced, twisting thriller’
‘The pace never let up’
‘On the edge of my seat to the end’
‘I haven’t picked up a book in 9 years and I’m so glad that I picked this up! I loved it.’
‘Incredibly readable and unputdownable’
‘Very clever, well written, intriguing and suspenseful’
‘Had me hooked from start to finish’
"Tense. Unpredictable. Unputdownable. Shari Lapena's novels are domestic noir at its finest." (Simon Kernick)
"An intriguing cast, an isolated location, a raging storm and the threat of death in every dark corner: An Unwanted Guest reads like Agatha Christie with a shot of adrenalin. Clear your desk before you start it because you won't want to put it down." (Gilly Macmillan, author of BURNT PAPER SKY)
"[An Unwanted Guest] once again shows her gift for smart characterisation combined with a subtle appreciation for the darkness of the human heart . . . A perfectly choreographed danse macabre." (Mail on Sunday)
"Echoes of classic Agatha Christie . . . Be sure to clear your diary. You will want to devour this in a single, uninterrupted sitting." (Herald)