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 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 firewood--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 in and hope they can survive the storm.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
An isolated setting, a killer on the loose, and an eclectic cast of secretive suspects—this engrossing murder mystery has all the hallmarks of an Agatha Christie classic. As the bodies and plot twists pile up, our fingers pointed in all directions. Adding to the fun factor of Shari Lapena’s wickedly clever whodunit is an unrelenting storm, a power outage—and (gasp!) a wifi blackout.
This disappointing thriller from bestseller Lapena (A Stranger in the House) riffs on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. A small group of people arrive for the weekend at Mitchell's Inn, deep in the snowy Catskills, where they hope to enjoy the seclusion and natural beauty of the mountains. The first evening, a young woman, Dana Hart, is found dead at the bottom of the stairs. To lawyer David Paley, it doesn't look like an accident, and he suspects Dana's fianc , Matthew Hutchinson. The problem is that there's a winter storm raging, and the inn is without power and a generator. Since they can't contact the police, the guests settle in for a long wait, and the presence of a dead body only exacerbates the mounting tensions. Each guest is hiding a dark secret, and as the secrets are revealed and accusations are hurled, the body count rises, and it seems that no one is safe. The pace picks up in the third act, but it's not enough to save a narrative populated with emotionally distant characters and paint-by-the-numbers murders.
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This was one of those rare books that is perfection from the first page to the last. Be forewarned: once you put it down you will be unable to put it down again until it’s finished! The writing is flawless, the pace is relentless, the characters are all memorable, and the plot twists keep catching you by surprise. I wish all whodunnits were as excellent as this one! I guarantee this will adapted into a play or movie coming soon to a theatre near you.