Audio: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena @sharilapena ‏@hillatious @PRHaudio #LoveAudiobooks #BeatTheBacklist2019

Posted April 7, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 4 Comments

Audio: An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena @sharilapena ‏@hillatious @PRHaudio #LoveAudiobooks #BeatTheBacklist2019An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
Narrator: Hillary Huber
Published by Penguin Audio on August 7, 2018
Genres: Mystery
Length: 8 hours, 27 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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It's winter in the Catskills and the weather outside is frightful, but Mitchell's Inn is so delightful! The cozy lodge nestled deep in the woods is perfect for a relaxing - maybe even romantic - weekend away. The Inn boasts spacious old rooms with huge wood-burning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a book and someone you love.

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 for the long haul. The power's down but they've got candles, blankets, and wood - a genuine rustic experience!

Soon, though, a body turns up - surely an accident. When a second body appears, they start to panic. Then they find a third body.

Within the snowed-in paradise, something - or someone - is picking off the guests one by one. They can't leave, and with no cell service, there's no prospect of getting the police in until the weather loosens its icy grip.

The weekend getaway has turned deadly. For some couples, it's their first time away. For others, it will be their last. And there's nothing they can do about it but huddle down and hope they can survive the storm. storm.

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Jonetta brought this one to my attention and I was happy to get it at the library.  The set up is a bit like And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie but the story itself goes its own way.  A cast of characters all end up at a remote country inn during a storm and people start getting murdered.

Each person had their flaws and strengths and SECRETS. There was almost no one who was ordinary and straightforward, except perhaps James, the owner of the inn. Like everyone, each character showed a little bit of selfishness, which made it hard to really like any of them.

There were plenty of twists and turns in the mystery and I really enjoyed it.  The characters certainly had some shocks as some facts were revealed. We know the truth at the end but not everything that happens to each character as a result.


This is one of my favorite narrators.  The whole thing had a old style, sort of noir feeling for me. The voices seemed to fit the mood well.   I listened at 1.5x speed comfortably.

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About Hillary Huber

Hillary has recorded over 500 audiobooks spanning many genres. She is a multiple Audie Award finalist – including Best Female Narrator, multiple Earphone Award winner, Voice Arts Awards winner and one of Audiofile Magazine’s best voices. Hillary has a BA in English Literature and is a voracious reader and listener. Raised in conservative Connecticut and hippy Hawaii, she has unique perspective. She splits her time between Santa Monica and New York. Most of that time is in a 4×4 padded room. Er…booth.

About Shari Lapena

Shari Lapena is the internationally bestselling author of The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, An Unwanted Guest, Someone We Know and The End of Her.

She was a lawyer and an English teacher before turning to fiction. She lives in Toronto.

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Posted April 7, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 4 Comments

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