Brandt & Hochman Agency
Published by
Park Row Books (2022-01-25)
Current material
Final Pages
Original language
Thriller / suspense fiction


by Gudenkauf, Heather

A woman receives an unexpected visitor during a deadly snowstorm in this chilling thriller from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf.

She thought she was alone...

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. How long had the child been there? Where did he come from? 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.

Heather Gudenkauf is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound. Heather lives in Iowa with her family.

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Marie Arendt

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Shifting among three separate storylines in a fiendishly clever way, THE OVERNIGHT GUEST is just about the most structurally innovative mystery we've read since THE 7 1/2 DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE... This is an ideal thriller to hunker down with during a long, wintry night. Just be sure to leave the lights on.

Review: Apple Books

Riveting... This twisty tale builds to a satisfying conclusion.

Review: Publishers Weekly

THE OVERNIGHT GUEST is a New York Times Paperback Bestseller #1 Barnes & Noble paperback bestseller USA TODAY and Bookscan bestseller The Barnes & Noble Bookseller Mystery & Thriller Pick of the Month for February Amazon Editors' Best of the Month for February Apple Book of the Month pick for January LibraryReads Top 10 Books of the Month Pick Buzzfeed Highly Anticipated Thrillers of 2022

Quote: Brandt

With THE OVERNIGHT GUEST Heather Gudenkauf once again demonstrates she's a true master of suspense. Atmospheric and claustrophobic, tense and twisted, this chiller will make you hold your breath as you turn the pages. Cancel your plans when you start reading this one because you won't be able to put it down.

Quote: Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Sister Dear and You Will Remember Me

Chilling, gripping, and gaspingly surprising. The oh-so talented Heather Gudenkauf has created a modern day IN COLD BLOOD - her unforgettable characters reveal a devastating story that will chill you to the bone, and then break your heart. With a brilliant structure, an authentic sense of place, and gorgeous storytelling, Gudenkauf proves she is the queen of the rural thriller.

Quote: Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA TODAY bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

Tense, taut, and terrifying... The suspense that Gudenkauf creates and builds... is masterful, terrible, and absolutely addicting.

Review: Kirkus

An isolated farmhouse, a deadly snowstorm, and a small child found in the snow - those are the ingredients for Gudenkauf's latest up-all-night thriller. Scrupulously plotted and layered with multiple narratives that culminate in some explosive surprises, THE OVERNIGHT GUEST is Gudenkauf at her best. A chilling and heart-stopping stunner.

Quote: Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of My Darling Husband

A tightly woven braid of a novel guaranteed to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and keep you turning the pages deep into the night. Set inside a storm that you will feel beating against your windows, the present and the past will collide in an ending you won't see coming. Atmospheric, fast-paced and perfectly plotted, I devoured this and you will too.

Quote: Catherine McKenzie, USA Today bestselling author of I’LL NEVER TELL and PLEASE JOIN US

Unbearably gripping... Each narrative thread is fully realized, wholly absorbing and almost painfully suspenseful. The reader will form theories about how they fit together, and will be only partially right... The journey is mesmerizing.

Review: New York Times

THE OVERNIGHT GUEST is not only compelling, it's addictive. Flawlessly plotted, the story unfolds in layers, each one more shocking than the last. I'll be thinking about this book for a long time.

Quote: Samantha Downing, bestselling author of MY LOVELY WIFE and FOR YOUR OWN GOOD

Croatia: Skorpion ; Czech: Dobrovsky ; Taiwan: Spring International

Quote: Brandt

Heather Gudenkauf is a master of suspense. Weaving together three narratives in an explosive and shocking denouement, THE OVERNIGHT.

Quote: Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author

THE OVERNIGHT GUEST is a New York Times bestseller - # 13 on the Paperback Trade Fiction List (Feb 27, 2022)

Quote: New York Times Bestseller

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