The Overnight Guest - Heather Gudenkauf

The Overnight Guest

By Heather Gudenkauf

  • Release Date: 2022-01-25
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 421 Ratings



“Fully realized, wholly absorbing and almost painfully suspenseful...The journey is mesmerizing.” —New York Times

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.

And don't miss these other great stories by Heather!

The Weight of Silence
These Things Hidden
Little Mercies
MIssing Pieces
Not a Sound
Before She Was Found
This is How I Lied 


  • The Overnight Guest

    By gma juls
    This thrilling book was the first book in quite some time that I could not put down. There was always something exciting happening that I wanted to read more about. Heather strategically placed ideas and circumstances that kept changing my opinion of the characters. I loved this book!
  • Eerie, Hold your breath

    By JeanneInDallas
    Wylie blamed herself for letting go of Becky’s hand in the cornfield. Great story. Nothing was as it seemed.
  • Must read!

    By BayFam
    Amazing book! Must read, couldn’t put it down!
  • Great plot

    By MHumm82
    I never rate with 5 stars, but this novel deserves it. The plot was complex and well-developed. The narration from two perspectives was effective. I couldn’t put it down!
  • Book was okay

    By osamallama
    The different POVS were really good and interesting it was a little slow but still a good book! The plot twist at the end was unexpected
  • Nail Biter!

    By Paleo Schnauzer
    Super exciting. Fun to guess the identity of the unnamed characters. I figured them out but it was a slowly building realization.
  • One of her best

    By Bodhiboy65
    Gudenkauf has an innate gift for creating gripping characters that are as layered as onion skins. She use a sense of place to create atmosphere and tension
  • Amazing!

    By finallygotfedupwiththeglitches
    Finished it in one day!! Had me absolutely hooked on finding the truth
  • Good read

    By RicJm
    I dislike novels where the story bounces back-and-forth between periods of time unless absolutely necessary. However, for certain novels it’s necessary to make the story interesting and compelling. This is one such novel. The overall story arc was very good, however, without revealing any spoilers, the length of time, 22 years, for someone to be held against their will just seem to be too unrealistic and I don’t Feel the story demanded that length of time for any reason. A shorter period would’ve been much more realistic. My only other criticism is the antagonist of the story, when revealed, doesn’t make much sense and the character, which had not been developed, was not believable. Nevertheless , it was an interesting read, a solid 3 1/2 stars and the storylines interwove quite well through to the end.
  • Quick, twisty and engaging read!

    By MrsIvanCheng
    Loved it!