The Guest Room

The Guest Room

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Richard hosts his younger brother's bachelor party, but things go awry after the two strippers, who are actually Russian sex slaves, murder their Russian bodyguards and flee and Richard shares an intimate moment in his guest room with one of the women.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385681957
038568195X
Branch Call Number: FIC Bohja
Characteristics: 318 pages

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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.

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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