AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The twisty new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House
A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway . . . but when the storm hits, no one is getting away
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 and try to make the best of it.
Soon, though, one of the guests turns up dead--it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they 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--and one another.
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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Well written. I liked it. Spoiler alert - how could you be at altitude, at a quaint hotel, during a vicious snowstorm, and an even more vicious ice storm and be so woefully unprepared. The writer must be a Southerner. I could maybe believe no backup generator but nobody would be that unprepared in that environment. Just a nagging thought that detracts from the story. Grumpy. Geeersh, nicknames are hard.
As a reader it’s easy to blast an author’s work. Something they have put tremendous amounts thought and energy can be reduced by a biased opinion. I want to love every book I read.
I wanted to love this book. I really enjoyed the setup and interplay of the characters. But I was disappointed in the method of the reveal. It felt a bit lazy and uninspired. I wanted a great revelation where things fell into place, and the story got elevated in the end. Instead it had to be explained with a secondary story that played in the background. The final twist was fun, but not profound enough to save me from blasting this review.
Couldn’t even finish this book
I was excited about this book because I loved this authors other, recent popular book “the couple next door” but sadly there is no comparison. This book was painfully boring, I read about half of it just hoping it would eventually Improve, but unfortunately it did not. I can’t believe this is the same author because The Couple Next Door was such a page turner... but this definitely was not, I don’t recommend.