Publisher: Park Row
Published: January 25, 2022
Source: Review copy from NetGalley
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.
THE OVERNIGHT GUEST is a fantastic tense & twisty thriller that had me on edge the whole time. Set in a small Iowa town, the story alternates between present and past — a true crime writer is stranded during a blizzard in a remote farmhouse where a gruesome murder happened, then we jump 20 years earlier, when the crime took place. There’s also a third mysterious narration, and where does that puzzle piece fit in?
The author did a fabulous job creating nail-biting fear (terror!) throughout the book. I love snowstorm thrillers where the character is cut off from the world. No phones. No power. I can’t imagine how scary that would be, especially if a strange guest shows up…
I would highly recommend this thriller & for best enjoyment go in knowing as little about it as possible! Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.