The Overnight Guest


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. 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.


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

  • “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. I devoured this.” —Catherine McKenzie, USA TODAY bestselling author of I’ll Never Tell



  • “Atmospheric and claustrophobic, tense and twisted, this chiller will make you hold your breath as you turn the pages. Cancel your plans because you won’t be able to put it down.” —Hannah Mary McKinnon, internationally bestselling author of Sister Dear and You Will Remember Me

  • “Heather Gudenkauf is a master of suspense. Weaving together three narratives in an explosive and shocking denouement, The Overnight Guest will have you glued to the page and leave you wanting more.” — Liv Constantine, international bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

  • “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.” —Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife and For Your Own Good

  • “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.” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today bestselling author of Her Perfect Life

  • “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.” — Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of My Darling Husband

  • “Masterful, terrible, and absolutely addicting…Tense, taut, and terrifying.” —Kirkus Reviews

  • “Riveting…This twisty tale builds to a satisfying conclusion.” –Publishers Weekly

  • GoodReads includes The Overnight Guest on its list of Readers’ Most Anticipated Mysteries of 2022.

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  • Apple Books names The Overnight Guest a Best Book of January!
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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. In the present day, true-crime writer Wylie Lark is holed up in a cabin in rural Iowa during a brutal snowstorm. While searching for her dog in the snow, Wylie comes across a traumatized young boy and his injured mother, who mysteriously disappears. That puzzle opens up additional timelines…and trust us, you don’t want us to spoil them for you! Let’s just say that Heather Gudenkauf makes us work for every piece of this fascinating puzzle—and we love her for it. By the time we started to grasp what was really going on, we were almost as soaked with fear as the characters. This is an ideal thriller to hunker down with during a long, wintry night. Just be sure to leave the lights on.” -Apple Books

  • “Gudenkauf doesn’t miss a beat as her ninth terrifying mystery moves at a vigorous brisk pace.” – South Florida Sun Sentinel

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