The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf is a tense and highly atmospheric thriller and held my attention to the very end.


Wylie, a true-crime writer, is finishing up her latest book about two murders and a missing teenage girl that occurred about twenty years prior in the town of Burden. And she has decided to complete this project in the isolated farmhouse where it all happened.

But a snowstorm is brewing, and as Wylie prepares to tuck in for the night, she notices a child lying on the side of the road. After Wylie brings in the child, she tries to coax answers from him and figure out how he got there on this bone-chilling night.

It’s probably best not knowing more than that when going into this gripping thriller.

Review of The Overnight Guest by Heather Gudenkauf

There are three main perspectives across three different timelines, plus a few extra scattered throughout. The distinct voices and even the use of italics for one narrator made it easy to follow along with each POV.

This book hooked me right from the beginning and delivered a few surprising twists. The settings in this book were what made it so atmospheric. One timeline takes place during the heat of summer and another in the dead of winter. Each had me sweating and freezing in turns.

The middle section dragged ever so slightly, but the majority of it had me on the edge of my seat.

This was my first time reading Heather Gudenkauf, and I am now excited to read more books by the author.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 25 January 2022

Thank you to Park Row for the arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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