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A dream holiday turns deadly in the new pulse-pounding thriller from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller, Shari Lapena.

The new page-turner from the author of the phenomenal bestseller, THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, and A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE.

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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.

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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’

Reviews

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

Enthralling!

Prima

Echoes of classic Agatha Christie . . . Be sure to clear your diary. You will want to devour this in a single, uninterrupted sitting.

Herald

Spine-tingling.

Irish Tatler

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

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

A gripping tale from this accomplished crime writer.

My Weekly

This page-turner had us absolutely gripped.

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780593079652

    July 30, 2018

    Bantam Press

    304 pages

    RRP $37.00

    Online retailers

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  • Hardback

    9780593079645

    July 15, 2018

    Bantam Press

    304 pages

    RRP $40.00

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    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
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    • Whitcoulls
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  • EBook

    9781473553569

    July 26, 2018

    Transworld Digital

    304 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ
  • Paperback

    9780552174879

    May 21, 2019

    Corgi

    320 pages

    RRP $26.00

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Extract

Chapter One

Friday, 4:45 pm

The road curves and twists unexpectedly as it leads higher and deeper into the Catskill Mountains, as if the further you get from civilization, the more uncertain the path. The shadows are deepening, the weather worsening. The Hudson River is there, appearing and disappearing from view. The forest that rises on either side of the road has a lurking quality, as if it might swallow you whole; it is the forest of fairy tales. The softly falling snow, however, lends it all a certain postcard charm.

Gwen Delaney grips the steering wheel tightly and squints through the windscreen. She’s more one for grim fairy tales than picture postcards. The light is going; it will soon be dark. The snow coming down makes driving more difficult, more tiring. The flakes hit the glass in such profusion that she feels as though she’s stuck in some kind of relentless video game. And the road is definitely becoming more slippery. She’s grateful that she has good tyres on her little Fiat. Everything is turning into a white blur; it’s hard to tell where the road ends and the ditch begins. She’ll be glad when they get there. She’s beginning to wish they’d chosen an inn a little less remote; this one is miles from anywhere.

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