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An Unwanted Guest
By (author): Shari Lapena
9780385690812 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological Jan 05, 2021
$21.00 CAD
Active 5.15 x 8 x 0.9 in | 0.54 lb 320 pages Doubleday Canada Anchor Canada
#1 National Bestseller

International Bestseller

A New York Times Bestseller

A remote lodge in upstate New York is the perfect winter wonderland getaway…until the bodies start piling up.


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 for the long haul.

Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead. It looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, everyone 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.

Story Locale: The Catskills

Publication History: Doubleday Canada, TR (08/2018)

LAPENA IS THE REAL DEAL: Both Couple and Stranger have been on bestseller lists across the globe for weeks at a time, and, in Canada, the sales for both books have topped 385K copies to date across all formats. Her books are guaranteed bestsellers.

LAPENA DOES AGATHA CHRISTIE: This book is a classic Christie-like set-up—the snowed-in hotel in the mountains, the mysterious deaths one after another—certain to please her core domestic suspense audience, but also broaden her base to hardcore mystery fans as well. Bonus: This thriller boasts shades of The Shining too!

THIS BOOK PLAYS TO LAPENA’S STRENGTHS: She can keep you turning the pages faster than almost anyone else—this book is one twist after another, coming as fast as the bodies pile up. Prepare not to leave your beach chair until you finish!

FILM RIGHTS OPTIONED FOR THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR: Rights have gone to Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content, who won the Oscar in 2016 for Spotlight—we are expecting big things on this front.

*OUR* AUTHOR: In case you missed it, Shari Lapena is a homegrown, Toronto-based author, and she loves connecting with her readers—be that in person at events, or on Twitter.

SHARI LAPENA worked as a lawyer and as an English teacher before turning to writing fiction. All of her books—The Couple Next Door, A Stranger in the House, and Someone We Know—have all been New York Times and international bestsellers.

Author Residence: Toronto, CA

Author Website: www.sharilapena.com

Author Social Media: Facebook: @ShariLapena; Twitter: @sharilapena; Instagram: @sharilapena

#1 National Bestseller
International Bestseller
New York Times Bestseller


“Shari Lapena, author of the bestsellers A Stranger in the House and The Couple Next Door, cements her reputation as a new queen of mystery with her latest thriller.” —Canadian Living

“Proving that time periods may change but people do not, Shari Lapena delivers a solid whodunit with an ending that would make Dame Christie proud.” —USA Today

“Another nail-biter perfect for an all-nighter.” —Entertainment Weekly

“A bone-chilling story featuring a cast of intriguing characters, each one with a secret of their own, An Unwanted Guest is a deftly crafted and expertly paced thriller that will keep readers guessing (and terrified) until the very end.” —Bustle

“Lapena has written a great whodunit, with a delicious Christie-like vibe. Fans of the author’s first novel will want this, and anyone who savors a well-crafted murder mystery will gobble it up!” —Library Journal, starred review

“This once again shows [Lapena’s] gift for smart characterization combined with subtle appreciation for the darkness of the human heart…. A perfectly choreographed danse macabre” —The Mail on Sunday

“A gripping mystery perfect for fans of Agatha Christie.” —Good Housekeeping

“The psychological thrillers of Lapena are masterclasses in tightly plotted, economical narrative…. This third novel has a premise straight out of an Agatha Christie classic” —Metro (UK)

“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, New York Times bestselling author of I Know You Know

“If you’re a fan of Lapena’s previous novels, you’re sure to tear through her latest in one sitting…. The chilly suspense keeps readers guessing up to the very last page.” —The Irish Independent 

Shari Lapena combines the cozy feel and cunning plot of an Agatha Christie-era whodunit 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

“This compelling and realistic modern take on the country-house mystery will gain new fans for the author and is definitely one to hand to devotees of Agatha Christie (and her modern interpreter, Sophie Hannah).” —Booklist

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