One of my favorite authors is Iowa native, Heather Gudenkauf. I partly like it because her stories are set in Iowa. There are references that are totally normal to me like someone running through a cornfield. I can totally picture that and understand what it’s like. I’ve done it. The other part I like is that she is just a very good author. Her stories are convincing…the people are likable. I just like her as an author.
Her latest book is The Overnight Guest.
I started the book on Saturday and finished it the same day! That’s how engrossed I was in the book. I cleaned the house. I sewed with earbuds. I did any job I could so that I could keep listening. I even unloaded and loaded the dishwasher. It’s the job I like the least when it comes to keeping house. The book is a total of 9 1/2 hours if listening to audiobook form.
The book had me guessing for quite a while. At about the 8-hour mark I figured most of it out…not all of it so I was still content to listen on and I was sure glad I did, as there was a twist that I hadn’t guessed yet was totally plausible.
Here is what Amazon has to say:
“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.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.4 stars. I am going to agree. The book was the perfect companion for me for the day. I would totally recommend the book if you like crime and whodunits.
If you are interested, you can find the book HERE.
3 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Overnight Guest”
Thanks for your recommendation. I’ve listened to “Before She was Found” so this will be her 2nd for me.
Here are some recommendations for future “reads”: Holding, A Keeper both by Graham Norton. Second one is especially good, lots of twists & turns, many “I didn’t see that coming” moments. Second author is Hester Young. The Gates of Evangeline is first in a series. Very. Very good. I believe all of these are available through Audible, Overdrive and Amazon.
An old friend had asked me if I’d read any of this lady’s books–I think probably last November. I decided to see if I could get them through my e-reader connection to Scarborough Library in Scarborough Maine -and hurrah— there they were. I have read 3 so far– I wanted to read in order of publication–but got #1 -the other 2 were out of order–so yesterday I had just gone back to check -and have two borrowed. Shortly after that–found your “What I’m reading”– and same author!!
I also enjoyed Donald Harstad’s –ones that I found–as far as I know, he hasn’t written any more–and that is disappointing.. Read the Gudenkauf books pretty fast–didn’t want to stop reading!! Am happy to report I’m a fan –to both friend Dee and you!!