The Guest Room

The Guest Room By Chris Bohjalian, The Guest Room 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 t
  • Title: The Guest Room
  • Author: Chris Bohjalian
  • ISBN: 9780385538893
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Guest Room By Chris Bohjalian, 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 Richard Chapman offers to host his younger brother s bachelor party, he expects a certain amounFrom 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 Richard Chapman offers to host his younger brother s bachelor party, he expects a certain amount of debauchery He sends his wife, Kristin, and young daughter off to his mother in law s for the weekend, and he opens his Westchester home to his brother s friends and their hired entertainment What he does not expect is this bacchanalian drunkenness, a dangerously intimate moment in his guest bedroom, and two naked women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night In the aftermath, Richard s life rapidly spirals into a nightmare The police throw him out of his home, now a crime scene his investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave and his wife finds herself unable to forgive him 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.
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    1. Chris Bohjalian

      Follow Chris Bohjalian on to see what s on the nightstand Chris is the 1 New York Times bestselling author of 20 books Chris s work has been translated into over 30 languages and three times become movies Midwives, Secrets of Eden, and Past the Bleachers The Flight Attendant lands March 13, 2018 Chris s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, the St Louis Post Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage, and Salon.Awards include the ANCA Freedom Award for educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal the New England Society Book Award for The Night Strangers the New England Book Award Russia s Soglasie Concord Award for The Sandcastle Girls a Boston Public Library Literary Light a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans Sister Radio and the Anahid Literary Award Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller, a selection of Oprah s Book Club, and a New England Booksellers Association Discovery pick Chris is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude of Amherst College, and has written for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader s Digest, and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.

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    1. Everything, it seemed, was unraveling I ve been seeing a lot of hype for Bohjalian s new thriller The Guest Room and it even made it into most read books of the week The author was unfamiliar to me, but I decided to pick this up because I personally can t resist the call of the latest juicy thriller.And that s just what this book is It wouldn t be fair to sell this as something life changing, or genre defining it s just really not that kind of book What The Guest Room is, however, is a fast pace [...]

    2. My reviews can also be seen at deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr4.5 StarsAfter seeing so many positive reviews of The Guest Room I just had to read it This is the first book I ve read by Chris Bohjalian The book opens to Richard Chapman speaking about how he had presumed there would be a stripper or two at his younger brother Philip s bachelor party It bothered him a little bit that it was in his home but he didn t want to be a downer He tells us that when he thinks about strippers he prefers to thi [...]

    3. I knew this book was going to hit a nerve with me I read it anyways I rarely do thatI prefer not to read things that will piss me off I have enough things I come across in daily life do thatank you very much.but the book description called to me, and I couldn t turn away no matter how much I wanted to.So now I am going to review it and in doing that, I will probably alienate and piss some people off when I try to explain what I was feeling every time I turned the page.This may seem completely of [...]

    4. Chris Bohjalian hit the ball out of the field with this book It might even be my favorite book he s writtend damn, I love many of his books Instantly the storytelling grabbed me I inhaled this novel I finished it a couple of weeks ago and have already discussed it so much I forgot that I hadn t written a review Distraction other books leaving town Brain atrophy Hawell, anyway My brain must work well enoughe this novel is sticking with me like permanent glue OH and the cover of the physical book [...]

    5. 3.5 StarsThis story is a combination of nightmare and horror show with a bachelor party gone wrong and young girl s dreams turned into a life of fear and abuse at the hands of so called businessmen and their disgusting dirty work.With unrealized promises of freedom, the victimized young girls take matters into their own hands ending in a bloody disaster and turning one man s life into a living nightmare.Richard Chapman was not a bad guy, he had a great job and loved his family, but he made a big [...]

    6. The Guest Room is a standalone, literary fiction novel written by Chris Bohjalian This novel touches on a number of topics related to marriage, family, and trust, but the overall theme is human trafficking Fortunately, there is and awareness being brought to this ever present crisis and Mr Bohjalian wrote a very plausible example of how some girls may end up in this modern day slavery In terms of enjoyment, I don t think The Guest Room is intended to be enjoyed All this topic can really offer [...]

    7. 2.5 Richrad thinks he is doing his younger brother a big favor when he agrees to host a bachelor party as his house A trashed house, two dead thugs, two young stripers missing, blood every where and his entire life, his marriage, his job, his relationship with his daughter all in jeopardy, is not what he expected He finds out the hard way, that one night, a wrong decision, trusting those he shouldn t has severe repercussions.I have thought about what to say about this novel, why for me it was ju [...]

    8. I recommend you read this book.It may not be entirely enjoyable In fact, you might feel rather uncomfortable at times I certainly did But if you re uncomfortable, that means Bohjalian s story is striking a nerve.In The Guest Room Chris Bohjalian tells the story of a bachelor party gone very, very wrong might this book do for bachelor parties what the movie Fatal Attraction did for affairs It s a book about poor judgement, bad decisions, and worst case scenarios It s a book about facing up to the [...]

    9. This is a very in your face look at the sex trafficking trade examined from different points of view I have two teenage daughters, one being the same age as Alexandra, and this has pushed to the surface so many societal fears I have for them There are so many lessons to be learned This is not a perfect novel, however, the fact that it has garnered such a strong reaction from me attests to the strength of Bohjalians writing.

    10. I ve given this book a lot of thought, before reviewing it My dilemma was how to go about it without spoilers I like to compare books and my reactions to them as I would judge pieces of art Each one must provoke a feeling within me, whether it be good or bad, or they have failed in my eyes as an artist The Guest House got me involved with every character right from the beginning The author had a talent of creating people who were able to touch your heart, and threw them into the horrors of murde [...]

    11. It is hard to believe this is the same author who wrote Midwives, Before you Know Kindness or the Law of Similiars, books that deftly handled controversial issues and were filled with interesting, likable characters In The Guest Room Bohjalian is again exploring a hot button issue, in this case, the world of sex traffickers and the poor victims caught in their web, but the book is plain and simple pure drivel Not one character worth caring about, an absurd plot, a nine year old girl who, given h [...]

    12. Once again Chris Bohjalian proves to be a master storyteller Richard Chapman reluctantly agrees to host his younger brother Philip s bachelor party at his own home He suspects Philip s friend Spencer may be hiring strippers for the occasion What he doesn t expect is two young women and their Russian bodyguards who show up at his door Things escalate quickly from drinking, partying, sex and then suddenly to murder.Richards home, as well as the home of his wife and daughter, becomes a crime scene [...]

    13. My first foray into Overdrive, and considering I work in a library, a long overdue one This was to me, literary fiction Lots of back story on Russia in the 1980 s, and many references to the sex slave industry This is not nice stuff.A good man, loving father and sensible older brother holds a bucks evening for his reckless, selfish and obstinant younger sibling What could go wrong Admittedly the owner of the house the wife knew there would be a stripper, but so be it What transpires is a terribl [...]

    14. This surprised me I thought this would be a hard hitting, visceral look at the sex slave industry and it turned out to be of a light thriller Meh I m the outlier here most Bohjalian fans liked this than I did It was interesting but.I felt like could have been done with this disturbing topic and the characters could have been better developed and less stereotypical.Liked it, didn t love it.

    15. The first few pages of this book will hook you immediately Once you find out what has happened, the fallout will keep you turning pages I think it s the most riveting Bohajlian novel I ve read, wonderfully plotted It s also a book that s hugely relevant in our modern discussion of rape culture Bohjalian looks at a bachelor party, an event so deeply ingrained in American culture that it s expected for any man getting married, an event that is also in large part about the objectification of women [...]

    16. Veteran writer Chris Bohjalian has an appreciation for story and character, and he combines a ripped from the headlines topic with a sympathetic family drama Wealthy investment banker Richard Chapman has been happily married to Kristin, and their nine year old daughter, Melissa, is the light of their lives Kristin teaches at the upscale private school near where they live in Bronxville Solid marriage Happy family But, what happens when a tragedy of consequences hits home When Richard s wife and [...]

    17. Maybe closer to 3.5 stars for this audiobook.I ve said this before, so again, I think Chris Bohjalian is an amazing writer of the female psyche I also know that all things Armenian are extremely important to him If there are young women really, girls in Armenia being kidnapped and sold into sex slavery, Chris is the guy to write about it He crafted a very tragic and interesting story of a bachelor party gone horribly wrong when the hired strippers sex slaves kill their handlers at the party host [...]

    18. Great book Ok, so some may not like the topic of sex trafficking, but if you can get past that, then this is a fast paced book that will suck you in and keep you reading until the end

    19. angelerin 2018 02This is the second book I ve read by Chris Bohjalian and I ve rated both of them five stars So I am seeing that I definitely need to read by Bohjalian The first one I read by him is The Sleepwalker, see my review for that one here FiveStarReadI got sucked into The Guest Room right away The book immediately started off with excellent tension and suspense and it stayed fast paced throughout I like that it has Richard and Alexandra s POV, but also there are some chapters from Rich [...]

    20. A special thank you to Doubleday Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Top 50 Books of 2016 Chris Bohjalian delivers another gripping page turner suspense, THE GUEST ROOM a mix of crime, psycho, and mystery thriller From moral consequences to the raising of awareness of the exploitation of our teens across the world, in an all too realistic and timely story a series of violent events which could happen to any American family today When a suburban familycrosses with a de [...]

    21. Unfortunately this wasn t a winner for me I hated all of the characters, and the plot wasn t doing it for me either The book centered around sex trafficking, adultery, bribery, and lies, and I just couldn t get into it because I wasn t rooting for any of the characters.

    22. I don t know what to say about this book except Riveting I will probably write better review later, however, I wanted everyone to know what a page turner this book is It is based on sex slaves and abduction It has murder and mayhem It has love and caring It encompasses everything into one amazing, incredible ride of a read Chris Bohjalian is a very gifted and amazing storyteller This was my first book by him and it isn t for sale yet, but write down the name, you need to read it It is vividly de [...]

    23. My sincere thanks to Doubleday and Edelweiss for the advance e galley to be published January 5, 2016.Have you ever been talked into something when you knew right from the start that you know your answer should be No Richard Chapman pushes aside his better judgment and agrees to host his brother Philip s bachelor party in his own upscale home He convinces himself that a bunch of guys, a night of heavy drinking and perhaps a stripper, or even two couldn t be all that bad He d clean up before his [...]

    24. I am still catching up from being sick so I will write full review later Great book I love Chris Bohjalian Finally feeling better.Richard is hosting his brother Philip s bachelor party in his home but is totally unprepared for the kind of party Philip s friend Spencer arranges When the party is over, Richard s house is the scene of sexual excess and murder, courtesy of the 2 sexslaves that came with their Russian bodyguards When all is said and done, Richard Chapman s house has become a crime sc [...]

    25. This is the first book I have ever read by Chris Bohjalian In fact, I had never really heard of him before Which is quite surprising considering how much I read, and the fact that he has written almost 20 novels.So this book is primarily about the sex slave trade, and every second chapter is told from the perspective of a girl who is a sex slave And the story she tells of her life is so unbelievably sad And the people who engage in this business are so despicable, it s enough to make you sick.Ba [...]

    26. It all began at a bachelor party the one that Richard Chapman was hosting for his younger brother Phillip Strippers were booked for the party they showed up and the party goers began to get drunk Soon they all became sober The girls attending the party, along with their body guards became the main focus, when the girls killed their keepers The two Armenian sex slaves then fled the party Now both Richard and Phillip had to explain to their parents, Phillips fiance and Richards wife and daughter w [...]

    27. This is one of my favorite authors and I always love his books He tells a good story but also makes a social statement This was another book that I could not put down once I started reading it I won t give the story away except to say that my only disappointment was the main character did not make it to the end of the story He was so likeable and caring and you really wanted things to come out good for him But overall a very good story.

    28. This is an amazing book Chris Bohjalian has such a knack for slipping his readers right into the lives and hearts of his characters With this book, he has not only created a chilling thriller but also a deep complex novel about family and trust But he doesn t stop there He also opens your heart and mind to the horror of child sex trafficking in such an intimate way that is completely heart rending.The striking comparison between the lives of the two young girls in this book makes for an engrossi [...]

    29. This is a difficult book There were times I wanted to hide from what I was hearing, other times I wanted to take a shower to wash the depravity off of me, there were characters I wanted to punch and characters I wanted to comfort This book is uncomfortable This one will stay with me.I listened to an mp3 of The Guest Room which I highly recommend A variety of narrators are used so I recognized the characters by voice and felt like they are talking directly to me.This book is about how small, seem [...]

    30. I literally hovered the mouse over the 3 and 4 star rating while I gathered my thoughts on this novel There s no doubt Chris Bohjalian has mastered the art of grabbing his reader with an enticing storyline that proves impossible to walk away from Bohjalian proved this trick of the eye with Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands That novel, similarly to The Guest Room baited me with a tale of a good person engrossed in a surreality that hooks the reader from page one.The Guest Room is an easy quick read tha [...]

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