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.
PRAISE FOR SHARI LAPENA:
‘Crafted like a vintage Christie and just as tense, this will be a smash hit’ Heat
'Smart characterisation combined with a subtle appreciation for the darkness of the human heart . . . A perfectly choreographed danse macabre' Mail on Sunday
‘Shari Lapena . . . 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’ 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’
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.