Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Book Review: The Guest Room

Title The Guest Room

Author Chris Bohjalian

Release Date January 5, 2016

When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.

In the aftermath, Kristin and Richard’s life rapidly spirals into nightmare. The police throw them out of their home, now a crime scene, Richard’s investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and Kristin is unsure if she can forgive her husband for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. In one breathless, violent night, she is free, running to escape the police who will arrest her and the gangsters who will kill her in a heartbeat. A captivating, chilling story about shame and scandal, The Guest Room is a riveting novel from one of our greatest storytellers.

This is the very first book I've read by Chris Bohjalian (I'll admit that I hadn't heard of him before), but if his others are like this then it won't be my last. This book was impressive.

I was hooked into the story in the very first few pages. Bohjalian has some incredible writing skills. I really enjoyed the alternating points of view within the story as well as the flashbacks into Alexandra's life.

The Guest Room flawlessly shows how a small questionable decision can ultimately change the life of so many people while shining a light on the sex trafficking industry, not only abroad but here in America as well.


5 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Doubleday via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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