It would be easy to spoil this fantastic read, so I’m keeping my review rather vague. Told in alternating timelines and perspectives, we piece together the story of a 20-year-old crime that puts two best friends at the center. Gudenkauf pieces the story together, giving the reader just enough to keep them hooked.
The setting is incredibly descriptive, putting the reader smack dab in small-town life. The crime itself is slowly unveiled, and it’s a unique storytelling style that I adored. The Overnight Guest is an addicting read that has you desperately turning pages, trying to piece together what happened, who the suspects are, and how these pieces will shift into the form of a completed puzzle. A super fun read! I hadn’t read Gudenkauf before The Overnight Guest, but that’s something I will be correcting with her back catalog.
About the Book:
A woman receives an unexpected visitor during a deadly snowstorm in this chilling thriller from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf.
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.