My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Truth be told, I’ve been wanting to read Shari Lapena’s new book, An Unwanted Guest, for a while now. And had been waiting for my turn on the library wait list when I stumbled upon one of her previous novels, A Stranger in the House. So I decided to give it a try first.
First off, really good thriller! One night a woman frantically crashes her car head on into a utility pole. Meanwhile, a man comes home to find his wife missing only to find out she is the woman from the accident, who now has amnesia as a result of the accident. All of this wouldn’t be so weird if the police didn’t discover a dead body in a part of town from which the woman was fleeing. What happened? Did she kill him? Or is something else at play?
There were lots of great elements in this book. It hooked me from the start with lots of unanswered questions and mysterious happenings. And the way the book evolved kept me interested the rest of the way. I will say that the last 20ish percent felt a tad long and drawn out. And at one point I said to myself “I already know what’s going to happen so can we just get on with it?”. But, I was wrong! I was in for a couple surprises along the way.
While there wasn’t anything particularly mind blowing or original about this book (would call it one of your standard thrillers), it was still really enjoyable. Would recommend to anybody looking for a quick, engaging, fast-paced thriller.