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We can’t choose the strangers we meet.

As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance. 

Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid.

With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run. 

Until we find ourselves in a situation we can’t escape. Trapped.

The queen of the one-sit read, Shari Lapena, will have you on the edge of your seat with her Agatha Christie-esque thriller An Unwanted Guest.

You can have your own – far more peaceful! – hotel stay by entering for a chance to win a £200 Bespoke Hotels voucher.

Terms and conditions apply. The competition ends July 31st 2019.   

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  • An Unwanted Guest

  • THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. The new pulse-pounding and unputdownable thriller from the author of the number one bestseller THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR, and A STRANGER IN THE HOUSE.

    'Tense. Unpredictable. Unputdownable. Shari Lapena's novels are domestic noir at its finest' Simon Kernick

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    We can’t choose the strangers we meet.

    As the guests arrive at beautiful, remote Mitchell’s Inn, they’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend deep in the forest, miles from anywhere. They watch their fellow guests with interest, from a polite distance.

    Usually we can avoid the people who make us nervous, make us afraid.

    With a violent storm raging, the group finds itself completely cut off from the outside world. Nobody can get in – or out. And then the first body is found . . . and the horrifying truth comes to light. There’s a killer among them – and nowhere to run.

    Until we find ourselves in a situation we can’t escape. Trapped.

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    ‘If you want an unputdownable thriller, you’re in luck – best-seller Shari Lapena is back with a new whodunnit . . . Crafted like a vintage Christie and just as tense, this will be a smash hit’ Heat

    '[An Unwanted Guest] once again shows her gift for smart characterisation combined with a subtle appreciation for the darkness of the human heart . . . A perfectly choreographed danse macabre' Mail on Sunday

    ‘Shari Lapena combines the cosy feel and cunning plotting of an Agatha Christie-era whodunnit with a sharp eye for contemporary life and she is rapidly becoming a go-to author for anyone seeking a light but lip-smacking mystery’ Sunday Express

    ‘The psychological thrillers of Lapena are masterclasses in tightly plotted, economical narrative…This third novel has a premise straight out of a Agatha Christie classic’ Metro

    'An excellent mystery! Agatha Christie meets P D James' Ragnar Jonasson

    Readers love Shari Lapena:

    Best book I’ve read in ages’

    ‘5* fast paced, twisting thriller’

    ‘The pace never let up’

    ‘On the edge of my seat to the end’

    ‘I haven’t picked up a book in 9 years and I’m so glad that I picked this up! I loved it.’

    ‘Incredibly readable and unputdownable

    ‘Very clever, well written, intriguing and suspenseful’

    ‘Had me hooked from start to finish’

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Terms and Conditions 

  1. No purchase necessary to enter the prize draw.
  2. This prize draw is open to UK residents aged 16 years or over, with the exception of employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion.
  3. Entries must be received by 23:59 on Wednesday, July 31 2019. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt. Automatically generated entries and entries via agents or third parties are invalid and will not be counted. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.
  4. Only one entry per person. No entrant may win more than one prize.
  5. To enter simply fill in the entry form found at www.penguin.co.uk/articles/2019/may/win-a-bespoke-hotels-voucher-with-the-unwanted-guest.html
  6. All correctly completed entries will be entered into a prize draw which will take place on Thursday August 1, 2019. The first entry drawn will be the winner.
  7. The prize for the winner is a £200 Bespoke Hotels voucher.
  8. Prizes are subject to availability. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
  9. The winner will be notified via email by Thursday August 1, 2019. The winner must claim their prize within 30 working days of the Promoter sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.
  10. To obtain details of the winner please email newbooks@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk stating the name of the competition in the subject heading 4 weeks after the closing date.
  11. The Promoter will use any data submitted by entrants only for the purposes of running the prize draw, unless otherwise stated in the entry details. By entering this prize draw, all entrants consent to the use of their personal data by the Promoter for the purposes of the administration of this prize draw and any other purposes to which the entrant has consented.
  12. The winners agree to take part in reasonable post event publicity and to the use of their names and photographs in such publicity.
  13. Promoter may disqualify any entrant whose entry does not comply with these terms and conditions (in Promoter’s sole opinion) or who, in Promoter’s sole determination, has acted in a manner that is fraudulent, dishonest or unjust to other entrants including, without limitation, tampering with the operation of the prize draw, manipulating or rigging votes, hacking, deceiving, cheating or by harassing or threatening other entrants or a representative of Promoter. 
  14. By entering the prize draw each entrant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  15. The Promoter is Penguin Books Limited, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL.
  16. These terms and conditions are governed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.

 

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