Happy Friday, SEers! Mae here, with my first cover share of the year. Shari Lapena is one of my auto-buy authors, but when I first saw the book cover below, I had no idea who she was.
I spied An Unwanted Guest over the summer while visiting family in North Carolina. I walked into the Barnes & Noble in Wake Forest and the book was on a front-facing display inside the door. I made a beeline for it, the combination of title and ominous cover a magnet. Notice I say “combination.”
Without the title, the picture could be welcoming. Granted, the figure is a silhouette, but there’s a home in the background with a welcoming light in the window. Add the snowstorm and that glow becomes a cozy haven for someone to escape the cold. Could be a long lost son returning home at Christmas time, or a traveler in need of lodging. Yeah, I know . . . glass half full, right?
Now <cue eerie music> add the title, and suddenly the combination of figure and blizzard take on a sinister tone. The light becomes a flicker struggling to remain lit in the darkness, which becomes oppressive. Toss in the blurb, and I think the publisher hit it out of the park.
An Unwanted Guest
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.
I won’t veer into how much I enjoyed this novel (5 Stars!), since that’s not the purpose of this post, but I will say the cover is spot on. The menacing claustrophobic atmosphere conjured by the artwork pervades the book. If you’d like to check out An Unwanted Guest for yourself, here’s the Amazon link. Happy reading!
In the meantime, I’d love to know if the cover would entice you to explore this book further. Stay a while and share your thoughts. Ready, set, go!