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Review: Hotel Moscow

October 20, 2015

Hotel Moscow

When Brooke goes to Moscow in 1993 to teach Russian women business skills, she expects to find them eager to learn some new ideas to promote themselves.  What she finds instead is women who don’t trust each other and a country in disarray.  She decides to leave early but finds herself unable to leave the country when violence erupts.  Now she’s worried that a secret from her past may come back to haunt her.

Hotel Moscow by Talia Carner started out slow for me but quickly picked up steam.  Although I never really warmed up to Brooke, I found details of Russian life after the fall of communism fascinating.  I never realized the new government was so corrupt and the mafia was so strong.  People lived in fear and didn’t even trust their families.  For many, their lives were worse than when the communists held power.  The ending of the book was a little confusing for me.  I didn’t follow all of the twists and turns and thought a few elements came out of nowhere.

The copy of Hotel Moscow I have has an essay on Russia by the author, photos of communal apartments in Russia, an interview with the author, and questions for book clubs.

I read this book with my book club and we had a pretty good discussion about life in Russia.  I think one member summed it up for most of us when she said she’s glad she read the book but she didn’t love it.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins and Book Club Girl Book Club.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
16 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2015 6:44 am

    It has all the elements of a good story so pity it did not workout well.

  2. October 20, 2015 7:29 am

    I’m glad your book club discussion was a good one.

  3. bookingmama permalink
    October 20, 2015 7:45 am

    This one looks pretty good to me. I definitely want to give it a try although I’m worried I’ll have the same reaction you did.

  4. October 20, 2015 8:43 am

    I just heard something on NPR about Lybia (I know that spelling is not right), where life under an evil dictator was safer than it is now, under ISIS. I just thought of it when you mentioned life after the fall of communism. We don’t always understand what we think we do, do we? (haha–love that sentence). Sounds like an interesting book.

  5. October 20, 2015 9:39 am

    Sounds like a very emotional book, what an awful way to have to live.

  6. Patty permalink
    October 20, 2015 9:52 am

    Books like this one are always interesting. I can easily get caught up in them.

  7. October 20, 2015 10:05 am

    A few years ago, Daniel Silva, who writes the Gabriel Allon series, was in town promoting his latest book. I was shocked to learn that the “new” Russia was assassinating newspeople who had the nerve to criticize the government. It was a real eye-opener.

  8. October 20, 2015 12:08 pm

    I have been fascinated by Russian life ever since I read Tolstoy and Dosteovsky back in the sixties.

    I am definitely curious about Post Cold War Russia….and the book I’m getting ready to read highlights a time before the Cold War ended: “A PLACE WE KNEW WELL”

  9. October 20, 2015 1:53 pm

    I haven’t read a book set in Russia in a while. Glad you had a good discussion.

  10. October 20, 2015 4:02 pm

    It does look pretty

  11. The Cue Card permalink
    October 20, 2015 6:10 pm

    The story sounds like it gets quite entangled.

  12. Diane permalink
    October 20, 2015 8:25 pm

    Not familiar with this one, but book clubs get us to read books we’d otherwise pass on.

  13. October 21, 2015 1:18 am

    Thanks for another sincere review, Kathy. It sounds gloomy, but interesting.

  14. October 21, 2015 12:06 pm

    I’ve heard mixed things from people about this book, but I still want to read it.

  15. October 21, 2015 1:11 pm

    I’m glad you featured this book. It sounds interesting and also one I can recommend to my book club. I haven’t read anything set in Russia in a long time.

  16. Literary Feline permalink
    October 21, 2015 3:04 pm

    This book really does sound fascinating. I can see why it would make a great book club pick. You have me curious about it.

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