The Guest Room

The Guest Room

A Novel

Book - 2016
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes the spellbinding tale of a party gone horribly wrong: two men lie dead in a suburban living room, two women are on the run from police, and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams.

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.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780385538893
Call Number: F BOHJALIA
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 25 cm


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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.

Jul 12, 2016

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

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

CatherineG_1 Feb 13, 2016

The Guest Room begins with a bachelor party being held in an investment banker's home. Things go horribly wrong and lives are changed forever.
Bohjalian's research on sex slaves makes this much more than a work of fiction. Very enlightening and all too real. Quick read.

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