The Guest Room

The Guest Room

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Book - 2016
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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: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, ♭2016.
ISBN: 9780385681957
Characteristics: 318 pages ;,24 cm.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 08, 2019

Another winner from Bohjalian for me. I suppose you could call this a "thriller" where a bachelor party goes very, very wrong, and certainly there are elements of intensity, violence, crime, and suspense throughout the novel, but what I enjoyed and appreciated even more was the character development and the focus on the inner damage of the protagonists, not just "what happened." Well written, much food for thought, and a heartwrenching ending.

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writermala
May 24, 2019

Chris Bohjalian is a good storyteller and he tells a compelling tale in "The Guest Room." Richard Chapman is a happily married, decent,caring man who in a moment of thoughtlessness agrees to throw a bachelor party for his brother. One thing leads to another and the house is turned into a place with strippers, sex, murder, and eventually blackmail. The story as told by Richard and Alexandra, one of the strippers, is very interesting. I liked it all except the ending.

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mcdoff
Apr 01, 2019

Suggested by Arlene, intense

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0007548100dmw
Dec 07, 2018

Very good thriller, from beginning to end. I agree with many of the other comments but do not read a book to analyze the author. I read for entertainment and this book did a very nice job of entertaining.

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trickbag22
Sep 29, 2018

What happens when a man hosts a bachelor party for his wild brother? Well, what happens in this house, doesn't stay in this house when the two strippers aka foreign sex slaves decide to kill their handlers in a rather spectacular fashion. A fun read with some pretensions of being an expose on sex rings that doesn't work very well, but overall, not a literary masterpiece

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okiechigal
Jul 16, 2018

didnt anyone have a problem with the sex and violence? I like thrillers but maybe i have to read on to get to a good point. Not one to give up on a book but....

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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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