The Disinvited Guest Pdf Summary Reviews By Carol Goodman

The Disinvited Guest Pdf Book is a Mystery Thriller novel By Carol Goodman. it is a Mystery story about a group of friends isolated on a remote island with a history of foul play.

The Disinvited Guest Summary

Lucy Harper still has traumatic memories and lingering health problems from the 2020 pandemic. So, when a new virus surfaces years later, she and her husband, Reed, seek refuge on his family’s private island off the coast of Maine. Ostensibly safely sequestered with their five closest friends and family, Lucy should feel at ease. So why does she feel the weight of the island’s dark history pushing down on the group?

As Lucy uncovers Reed’s family secrets and the island’s history as a quarantine hospital for typhus patients, she becomes obsessed with the past and feels her own grip on reality slipping. Tempers flare, strange signs appear in the woods, and accidents turn deadly. Is the island haunted by the dead? Or is someone amongst the living taking their revenge?


About Carol Goodman Author of The Disinvited Guest Pdf Book

Carol Goodman
Carol Goodman

Carol Goodman Author of The Disinvited Guest Pdf is the author of The Lake of Dead Languages, The Seduction of Water, which won the Hammett Prize, The Widow’s House, which won the Mary Higgins Clark Award and The Night Visitors, which won the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the co-author, with her husband Lee Slonimsky, of the Watchtower fantasy trilogy. Her work has appeared in such journals as The Greensboro Review, Literal Latte, The Midwest Quarterly, and Other Voices. After graduation from Vassar College, where she majored in Latin, she taught Latin for several years in Austin, Texas. She then received an M.F.A. in fiction from the New School University. Goodman currently teaches literature and writing at The New School and SUNY New Paltz and lives with her family in the Hudson Valley.

The Disinvited Guest Pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

The Disinvited Guest Pdf
The Disinvited Guest Pdf
  • Format Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions 135 x 203 x 19mm | 227g
  • Publication date 18 Aug 2022
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Imprint William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Publication City/Country New York, United States
  • Language English
  • ISBN10 006302070X
  • ISBN13 9780063020702
  • Bestsellers rank 68,955

The Disinvited Guest Book Reviews (

Monnie Ryan


4.0 out of 5 stars Past and Present on Collision Course
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2022

Set a decade or so after the 2020 pandemic, the scariest part of this book to me is that another go-round is not only possible, but probable. Would I pack up my family and go live on a deserted island until it all blows over again? It’s doubtful, in large part because I, unlike Lucy Harper and her husband Reed, don’t have access to family property nor money enough to keep us well fed for however long it took to ride out the storm. The Harpers, though, have no such problem – inviting a handful of their best friends (including Reed’s not-so-sisterly sister Liz and her significant other, Niko) to tag along.

And therein lie at least seven problems – eight, if you count the bear of a guy who apparently lives on the island and serves as a sort of jack of all trades by keeping the machinery running and food in the pantry. That’s because while on the surface they’re all friends and lovers, nobody seems to really like each other very much (too much personal history, I guess, although I have to admit I didn’t like any of them very much either). And speaking of history, the island itself has a sordid background, once serving as a drop-off point for typhus patients and Reed’s family mansion a quarantine hospital a couple of hundred years ago. More recently came deaths with far more personal ties to Reed and Liz.

For the most part, while she’s riding out the viral storm, Lucy plans to write a new book as a follow-up to her successful first one. She hopes to find a journal written by one of Reed’s long-ago ancestors, thinking the content will kick the stops from under her writer’s block. But maybe, just maybe, that’s exactly what shouldn’t happen; it could be that some of the dead would far prefer to remain that way.

And slowly, the whole group begins to feel the ill effects of togetherness plus something more sinister; important things go missing, tensions and suspicions among the residents grow to the breaking point and accidents turn deadly serious. Clearly, something other than a virus is on the loose and full of malicious intent. But especially when she has no idea who to trust (both among the living and the dead), can Lucy figure out what’s going on before it’s too late to save anyone?

While all that makes for exciting reading, the chapters that were pages from the centuries-old journal were a bit too long and boring. It was also a little hard for me to work up much empathy with or sympathy for characters who expressed virtually no reaction at the loss of their loved ones (but then, no one ever seemed to care much about any of the others anyway, so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised). But despite that and my virtually nil belief in the supernatural, the story is a bit of a mind-bender and made for an enticing, enjoyable read that was hard to put down. Thanks to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review a pre-release copy.


4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic, Ghostly Storytelling
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2022

A number of years back, I read “The Lake of Dead Languages” (2002), “The Seduction of Water” (2003), and “The Drowning Tree” (2004) all by the same author. When I got the chance to read “The Disinvited Guest”, I was delighted. Remember the advice about writing the book you want to read? For me that would be a Carol Goodman story. Great escapist gothic, ghostly storytelling.

FIRST SENTENCE: “We’re here.”

QUOTE: “But what if those of us who survived really were haunted by those who didn’t?”

THE STORY: Ten years after the first pandemic, with a second one expected, six friends plan to retreat to an island three miles off the coast of Maine. Fever Island was used as a way station for the sick arriving from Ireland in the 1800s before they could enter the mainland. Later the island became the property of the wealthy Harper family. The story is told by Lucy who plans to spend her time writing about its Celtic rituals, ghosts, and lives lost. Even though everything has been carefully accounted for, things quickly go astray or missing.

WHAT I THOUGHT: There is so much tension and unpleasantness among the group that the reader knows there will be problems. Lucy is highly susceptible to suggestion. As she reads a journal left behind by a young doctor recounting his experiences on the island years ago, she becomes obsessed and begins imagining things.

While one might not want to read about a pandemic while living through one, here it is merely used as a conceit to isolate the deftly drawn characters. Although some suspension of disbelief may be necessary, the roller coaster ride is worth it.
Goodman’s descriptions of the island and it’s mysteries are alluring. It’s a nice touch having a map of the island included.

BOTTOM LINE: RECOMMENDED Past college friendships, youthful indiscretions, secret histories and suggestions of ghosts combine to cause suspense and a sense of dread.


4.0 out of 5 stars Don’t read this book before bedtime!
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2022

Writing: 4/5 Plot: 4/5 Characters: 4/5

Don’t read this book before bedtime!

Reed and Lucy Harper — along with Reed’s sister Liz and her lover Niko, and Lucy’s best friend Ada and husband Crosby, and Mac, the caretaker — all head to a remote island off the coast of Maine in the year 2030 to wait out what appears to be an even more deadly pandemic. The island, now owned by Reed and his sister, was once a quarantine hospital for (mostly Irish) immigrants with Typhus back in the mid 1800s. It is a creepy place, with three generations of deathly illness — the Harper parents died there of Covid in the previous pandemic, and numerous Typhoid patients met their end there the century before.

From the tense start until the surprising finish, the plot twists and turns in a Lord of the Flies meets locked-room Agatha Christie meets part Hitchcock’s Rebecca unfurling. When bad things start happening and the brutality of the island’s history starts bleeding through to the present, Lucy feels her sense of reality slipping.

This is a mystery / thriller with a huge amount of character development. The interpersonal dynamics are nuanced and ever evolving with the threats of unknown origin inserting suspicion and fear where there was once cameraderie and friendship. Very difficult to put down or to get out of your head.

The last thing I wanted to read was a dystopian books about pandemics, so let me reassure you that pandemics really didn’t feature except as an impetus to get them on the island in a quarantine state.

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