The Guest Room
|March 29, 2016||Posted by admin under Fiction, Suspense|
Written by Chris Bohjalian
Published in 2015
Published by Doubleday
Distributed by Random House Canada
Reviewed by Andrea Scott
Publication Date: January 2016
Chris Bohjalian is one of my favorite authors. I have read almost all of his books and have loved most of them. I was quite excited to get my hands on this book. “The Guest Room” starts with a nightmare scenario. Richard is hosting a bachelor party for his younger brother, strippers arrive and before the night is over they have stabbed their bodyguards and fled! Now he has to deal with the fallout – the police, his wife, his job. What a great opening chapter of a very interesting book.
I won’t say too much more about the plot but it delves into quite a few heavy topics, such as sex trafficking and infidelity. This book is a page turner and, in many ways, a crime thriller. But it is much more than that. It is also a book about morality and how a momentary lapse of judgement can have life-altering consequences. Most chapters tell the story as it pertains to Richard and his family but a second story is developed about one of the “strippers” and is written in her point of view.
There was quite a lot happening in this book and throughout I went back and forth in my sympathy (or lack of) for Richard. I think the author did a good job with this. I really related to the character of Richard’s wife and I felt that she was a realistic character. Bohjalian always does a great job with characters which is why I love his books. This book was typical and among my favorites by Bohjalian. If you read this book, be prepared for a great plot, excellent characters and a surprising ending. I highly recommend this book.
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