The Guest Room – by Chris Bohjalian – independent book review – Fiction

Riveting plot but deeply disturbing. Awarded three stars on Goodreads.

guestChris Bohjalian delivers a real page turner but that certainly does NOT mean this is an easy read.

Two stories unfold.

• The first is about a bachelor party that goes seriously wrong. And how that one evening then threatens the lives of an ordinary family — where each member must suddenly face his/her worst fears. It’s a powerful demonstration of how vulnerable we all are because any life can be altered dramatically by a single event.

• The second story is of a young Armenian girl who, through no fault of her own, becomes a sex slave.

Chris Bohjalian

The descriptions of the brutality she is submitted to is so difficult to read that there were times I had to put the book down and take a break. And the psychological suffering both she and the family suffer is intense. So, just be ready for it.

More about Chris Bohjalian.

You may also be interested in my reviews of other books by Bohjalian:

Hour of the Witch

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands

The Light in the Ruins

The Sleepwalker


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