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Preview — The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian
The Guest Room
When Richard Chapman offers to host his younger brother's bachelor party, he expects a certain amoun ...more
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 Goodreads' 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, ...more
After 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 h ...more
...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 s ...more
book he's written....and 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? Ha...well, anyway... My brain must work well enough...because this novel is sticking with me like permanent glue. ...more
This 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...more
In terms of enjoyment, I don't think The Guest Room is intended to be enjoyed. All this topic can ...more
I have thought about what to say about this novel, why for me it was ...more
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 fac ...more
Liked it, didn't love it.
Richard and Kristin Chapman - fortyish, happily married, and living in upscale Bronxville, New York - are the ideal couple. Richard is an investment banker; Kristin is a high school history teacher; and they get along great with their 9-year-old daughter Melissa - who loves movies, fancy tights, and dance classes.
Richard's brother Philip, a hotel manager who's the 'gray sheep' of the family, is about to get married and Richard decides to host a bachelor party in his home. Kristin accommodatingl ...more
"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 ...more
― Chris Bohjalian, The Guest Room
All Richard wanted to do was help out his brother. Brother was getting married and Richard was throwing him a bachelor party.
And with a bachelor party, usually ...more
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 ...more
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 s ...more
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 wo ...more
When Richard’s wif ...more
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 p ...more
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 sic ...more
This 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 more by Bohjalian. The first one I read by him is The Sleepwalker, see my review for that one here.
I 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 t ...more
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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 family cros ...more
The premise of this novel is part social commentary, p ...more
Now both Richard and Phillip had to explain to their parents, Phillips fiance' and Richards wife a ...more
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 ...more
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