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This story gave me the creeps, but I loved the ending. It takes place in a small town over two timelines. To build the contrast even more, the "past" chapters take place in blistering summer, while the "present" chapters happen in the middle of a blizzard. The author does a great job of setting up the characters and making the story a chilling mystery.

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This book kept me reading well past my bedtime. I really liked how the author used the alternating narrators with each chapter and the addition of the mysterious narrator for parts of the book really added to the plot.

The author did a great job at setting the scene and the atmosphere really added to the reading experience. A gripping, suspenseful, atmospheric read. Chilling.

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Loved the atmosphere and snow setting which gave it an evermore spooky setting thin it already was,as well as the 3 difference perspectives that made the story flow in since away that lt had you question everything

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A creepy, atmospheric thriller!

Wylie, a true crime writer, retreats to an old farmhouse to get some writing done. She doesn’t mind that she’s getting snowed in, thinking it’ll help her hunker down to write. What she does mind is the knock at the door and discovering a child outside in the snow. After bringing the child in, she tries to find answers about who this child is. She soon learns that someone is out there and willing to do whatever it takes to find them.

A super fast read! Loved the atmosphere and snow setting. A good recommendation for anyone who is a fan of suspense!

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One of the best reads in 2022 , has many twists some predictable but still very compelling. Thanks netgalley.

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The Overnight Guest was the perfect read over a snowy winter weekend!

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.

I'll be honest, I figured out the catch in this book fairly early on, but I still loved the story and couldn't put it down until I confirmed my suspicions. A great thriller for 2022!!

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Omg - the ending!!!! Once again Heather Gudenkauf has written an absolute must read page turner! I fall in love with each and every one of her main characters because they have a hidden determination that I admire.

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What a book...3 stories, mixed with 3 different timelines. It was a very interesting read, and really kept me intrigued with the storyline.

There are certain trigger warnings which should be said, and if you think that this could trigger you, I definitely wouldn't read it; some of these storylines comes through the pages and grabs you and holds on.

This wasn't the first book by Heather Gudenkauf that I read, and certainly won't be the last.

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This was one of most anticipated books of the year, and I can honestly say, it lived up to he hype. I can’t say too much without giving it away, but I promise this book will leave you terrified and wanting more all the way up until the very end!

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The premise for this one sounded very interesting but ultimately, it just wanted very good. The story was slow and boring at times. The story was told by 3 different characters throughout different time periods. The ending was not very believable. I have read many enjoyable books by this author but I didn't like this one.

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This one was a little slow to get started for me. I ended up putting it down part way through. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book!

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The Overnight Guest is a phenomenal thriller from start to finish. Filled to the brim with twists and a captivating plot, this one is sure to keep readers hooked. The characters are well-developed. The story is incredibly fast-paced. This is one not to be missed! Highly recommended! Be sure to check out The Overnight Guest today.

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What an awesome thriller. This book sucked me in so much that I did not want it to end. Even my daughter ended up reading it. Highly recommend if you are in the mood for a thriller as it’s going to be coming fall soon. Cannot wait to read more books from this author

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The snowed in vide in this book was great! I read it in the middle of the summer, but it gave me all
the feels of the winter by a fireplace reading a really good mystery. The storytelling was stellar!
I will read more from Heather Gudenkauf. Thank you Net galley.

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This had me SPOOKED. On the edge of my reading chair the entire time!! I am telling you to pick this one up during Halloween time.

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This book was intense! The plot was very thrilling and terrifying. I felt very engaged in the story because I really wanted to uncover the whole mystery, and it was a satisfying reveal that I didn’t feel was too predictable. The narrative switches between the past and present but was not difficult to follow along to. I appreciated the way the plot progressed and how everything started to fall into place.

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In Heather Gudenkauf’s The Overnight Guest, this spine-tingling thriller will give you chills and goosebumps on every turned page. Twenty years ago, twelve-year-old Josie Doyle’s world was chattered when her parents and brother were brutally slaughtered on one summer night. Her best friend Becky Allen was presumed missing. She remained the sole survivor, emotionally scarred, and lived a new life. Now, under the name of Wylie Lark, a true crime writer, she returned to where it all happened to discover new clues to the mystery of that cold case on one winter night. Estranged from her teenage son and husband, she revisits the crime scene to help her remember. On that winter night, she receives a surprise overnight from a little girl and her mother, who told their own story about how they escaped being held prisoner for over two decades. Would this connect the dots to her past to solve this case and give it a happy ending?

This twisted psychological thriller is well-written and had the same appeal as ripped through the headlines news stories we’ve heard for the past two decades. I cared for Wylie/Josie on how she suffered a brutal loss at such a young age and how persevered to come out strong as a young woman. I also rooted for Becky and her young daughter on how they endured a wrath of a mad man for over two decades and lived to tell about it. The location of Burden Iowa was picture perfect for a small-town triple homicide during the summer. The winter storm scenes painted the scenic settings to tell the story in less than one day. The dual themes of the story are to have forgiveness by letting go of the past and shaping your own future by facing your fears.

This heart-thumping thriller will have you at the edge of your seat. I had no issues with this book. I rated this book, four out of five stars, since it was a bit dark in nature. If you love psychological thrillers with non-stop action, plenty of dramatic suspense, and lots of deep twisted turns, the Overnight Guest will do that to you. This book is recommended for those who love Sandra Brown’s Chill Factor, true crime novels, TV shows ad podcasts, and noir thrillers.

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Even though it was a little predictable at some point I thought that this was a perfectly good thriller I really enjoyed listening.
The story starts in pieces which very slowly come together, in fact there are many storylines that come together in a, if not always coherent, but very suspenseful way and it sure keeps you engaged the whole time. Characters were likable too!

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If I learned anything from this book, it is to never stay in a house where people have been murdered! With that being said, this book was awesome! I was on the edge of my seat and guessing the whole time!

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I am participating in the blog tour for Heather Schmida Gudenkauf's newest book The Overnight Guest.

In a snowstorm, the safest place is home. Or is it?

I have been a fan since I read her first book The Weight of Silence. The Overnight Guest is a taut and atmospheric thriller that I found hard to put down. Even though I was reading it from sunny Florida right before New Year's Eve, her descriptive writing took me straight back to a blizzard in Iowa, which is the setting of the book. True Crime writer Wylie is working on her latest book holed up in a house where two people were killed in cold blood and young girl went missing.
As the blizzard worsens, Wylie ends up outside where she finds a young child nearly frozen in the snow. How did the child get there? Wylie brings the child inside to get the child warm and to find out more about what happened. Wylie finds out more than she counted on and soon finds her life and the child's life are in danger and she has no way to get help.
I just could not stop reading until the very shocking and climactic end. You will not see the end coming, trust me!

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