The Overnight Guest – Book Review

Title;- The Overnight Guest

Author:- Heather Gudenkauf

Date published:- January 25th 2022

No. of pages:- 352 pages

Genre:- Psychological Thriller


Plot:- 5/5

Writing:- 5/5

Overall rating:- 5/5

A woman receives an unexpected visitor during a deadly snowstorm in this chilling thriller from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf

She thought she was alone

True crime writer Wylie Lark doesn’t mind being snowed in at the isolated farmhouse where she’s retreated to write her new book. A cozy fire, complete silence. It would be perfect, if not for the fact that decades earlier, at this very house, two people were murdered in cold blood and a girl disappeared without a trace.

As the storm worsens, Wylie finds herself trapped inside the house, haunted by the secrets contained within its walls—haunted by secrets of her own. Then she discovers a small child in the snow just outside. After bringing the child inside for warmth and safety, she begins to search for answers. But soon it becomes clear that the farmhouse isn’t as isolated as she thought, and someone is willing to do anything to find them.

Wow, this was really a whopping and gripping psychological thriller that I have read!

Wyley Lark is a true crime writer and she chose a house, where almost twenty years ago, a family was brutally murdered and the sole survivor was only the daughter. Now Wylie is writing the stories about the murder while in the very same house haunted by the dark history. Then during the snow storm, Wylie lets out a child stranded in the storm into the house but there’s someone out there who is determined to know the secrets of the house.

What I liked about this book was the past, set in the year 2000–the year when the Doyle family were brutally murdered in their house and Josie Doyle, the only survivor of the massacre recounting her experience. I also like the little girl’s version of the story, indicating that the mother was kidnapped and was kept against the will. Though there were some parts that the story was predictable, nonetheless, I was literally hooked into the book. The story had some twists and turns, the author did a good job of drawing the reader into the story and the ending was so twisted that I did not expect that ending. Overall, this was a five star thriller in my opinion.

Heather is the NYT and USA Today Bestselling author of THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE and THE OVERNIGHT GUEST

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