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Review: The Guest Room

April 28, 2016

The Guest Room

When Richard hosts his brother’s bachelor party at his family’s suburban home, he feels sure someone will hire strippers.  He’s not too worried, though, since he’s happily married.  Things get out of hand quickly and before he knows what happened, the strippers have murdered their bodyguards and escaped in their vehicle.  The strippers are on the run and Richard’s life spirals out of control.

The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian is told from multiple points of view, including one of the strippers, and I was drawn in from the very beginning.  This fast paced book features well drawn characters and social issues that need to be addressed.  Bohjalian’s writing is top notch and brought a lot of tension to the story.  The ending of the book gutted me but I thought it fit the story well.

Richard is a kind man who loves and values his family but the events of the bachelor party are all but destroying his life.  He wants to make things right for everyone but doesn’t know how.  He and his family are forced to face some gut wrenching times.

As the story progresses, readers are given a glimpse of the life the strippers have to endure and it’s heartbreaking as well.

The audio version of The Guest Room is narrated by Mozhan Marno and Grace Experience.  They both did a great job but I thought Marno’s narration was stronger.  You don’t want to miss this book!

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. Diane permalink
    April 28, 2016 6:56 am

    I liked this a lot as well. I always prefer his contemporary stories more than his historical ones.

  2. April 28, 2016 7:15 am

    Wow, it does sound intense (and a worst nightmare story). I’m intrigued.

  3. April 28, 2016 7:37 am

    I really liked this one too! What an ending!

  4. bookingmama permalink
    April 28, 2016 8:07 am

    I read this one and thought it was pretty terrific. I bet the audio would have been good too!

  5. April 28, 2016 9:14 am

    I’ve heard Bohjalian is pretty good but I have never read him.

  6. April 28, 2016 9:33 am

    I read Midwives all those years ago and liked it a lot. But for some reason, I have never read any of his other books. Maybe I’ll put this one on the TBP pile.

  7. April 28, 2016 10:34 am

    I loved this one; it was one of my favorites in 2015. Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing…

  8. April 28, 2016 10:37 am

    I’ve been wondering about this book. Glad to know you liked it so much.

  9. April 28, 2016 3:12 pm

    I liked this audio too- it was very unsettling!

  10. April 28, 2016 4:10 pm

    I have to try these one day

  11. Patty permalink
    April 28, 2016 4:50 pm

    I hate that I have not read this yet!

  12. April 28, 2016 6:41 pm

    It has been ages since I read Chris Bohjalian. I must remedy that!

  13. April 28, 2016 9:11 pm

    I agree! This is one of his best books.

  14. April 29, 2016 2:26 pm

    I liked this one but I didn’t love it. I thought it was well written but the ending…I didn’t like.

  15. April 29, 2016 7:16 pm

    I haven’t read a Bohjalian novel I haven’t really liked if not loved. I definitely need to get to this!

  16. April 29, 2016 9:38 pm

    I listened to this one as well and thought it was very good. At first, I thought it was too predictable, but then I was proved wrong. What an ending! I enjoy his contemporary novels better than his historical fiction and was very impressed with this one.

  17. April 29, 2016 11:41 pm

    Gut wrenching ending? That scares me. He’s an author I’ve always wanted to try, though, so maybe this would be a good place to start.

  18. April 30, 2016 9:25 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed this one as well. I thought it read like a fast-paced thriller. The ending was devastating, but good.

  19. May 1, 2016 9:45 am

    I am embarrassed to admit I have never read a Chris Bohjalian book 😦 but I know he is a fabulous author. Which one of his books would you recommend I read first?

  20. May 2, 2016 11:38 am

    I have not read this one, I like his historical ones, though. I might give this a try, though the plot sounds outrageous!

  21. May 12, 2016 9:13 am

    Thank you for being a part of Booknificent Thursday this week.

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