The Guest Room

The Guest Room

A Novel

Book - 2016
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When Richard Chapman offers to host his younger brother's bachelor party he expects a certain amount of debauchery. He sends his wife, Kristin, and his young daughter off to his mother-in-law's for the weekend and he opens his Westchester home to his brother's friends and their hired entertainment. What he does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, a dangerously intimate moment in his guest bedroom, and two naked women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night. In the aftermath, Richard's life rapidly spirals into nightmare. The police throw him out of his home, now a crime scene, his investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and his wife finds herself unable to forgive him for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guestroom. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. Stolen from her family as a teenager and locked away in hotel rooms and a closely-guarded cottage, Alexandra has been held captive by oligarchs for years. But now, 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.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : Doubleday Canada, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385681957
Branch Call Number: BOHJA
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 24 cm

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bookhangover
May 20, 2018

Fast paced thriller with an ending that took me by surprise. I like that in a book.

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llocas
Nov 09, 2017

I could not put it down. Loved it.

Marlowe Apr 11, 2017

On a big picture level, this novel tackles important subjects and offers a simple but action packed story. However, this novel certainly has problems, from success of the social commentary, to the believability of the characters, and the word choices made by the author. Overall, I don't think this is a worthwhile read. Bohjalian has better offerings, such as Midwives.

KateHillier Mar 14, 2017

Well that was a ride. This is the second book I've read by this author and I was hanging on pretty much every word. The fallout of a bachelor party gone very wrong is the basic plot outline here but the fallout is wide. We see the effect on Richard, the man who offered up his house, his wife and daughter and we follow one of the "party girls" as well. The attitudes of everyone involved is also a point of interest as well, whether it's related to the incident directly or more broadly. There's a lot of "what would I do" going through my head and I certainly don't have an answer.

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jannylegs
Jul 12, 2016

The story moved along nicely and kept me reading, but overall was fairly unsatisfying.

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cknightkc
Jul 01, 2016

THE GUEST ROOM was not the edge-of-your-seat thriller I was expecting. For me it lacked depth in terms of character development and in its attempt to explore serious, ripped-from-the-headline issues. I liked it, just didn't love it.

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becker
Apr 07, 2016

I had a big problem with the writing in this novel. The characters were so undeveloped. I couldn't take one single character seriously. I have read a few of this author's historical fiction books and found them to be much better.

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dgesin
Mar 07, 2016

I have read and enjoyed many of this authors' earlier books. I can't say I enjoyed this book but it is a haunting story. The raw descriptions of sex slavery are disturbing and at times difficult to read. I would only recommend it to someone with a warning that they may find it difficult to read about the horrors of sex slavery...

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dbarry111
Mar 04, 2016

I like Chris Bohjalian. This book has an exciting premise and tells an intriguing story. The characters are well developed. But I was extremely disappointed with the ending.

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Is it really believable that the main character, a married guy in the suburb with a child, who held a bachelor party in his house that went seriously awry, would at the end allow this prostitute to visit his home again and the two sit at the kitchen table with the wife set to return home any minute? It was just preposterous that the guy would do this and try to gain help from the wife to help this prostitute. If anybody else has an enlightened take on this ending, I'd love to hear it.

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mjk236sb
Feb 22, 2016

Very good - haven't read any of his books since Midwives and this makes me want to go back and read the others in between. The story started out with what would seem to be another bachelor's party and turns into a tragedy that no one could have predicted. You really become involved with the characters this story and want to follow them to the end. Couldn't put down.

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