Upstanding husband and father Richard Chapman sends his wife and their young daughter off to her mother's in Manhattan so that he can, reluctantly, use their upscale suburban home to host a bachelor party for his younger brother. And while Richard knows that there is the potential for things to get a little wild and crazy, he is catapulted into another stratosphere altogether when the strippers hired for the evening murder their Russian bodyguards in Richard's tastefully furnished living room. Interwoven with Richard's story of a marriage sent crashing to the rocks and a CEO-track banking career in peril is the tale of Alexandra, an Armenian teenager who recounts the diabolical workings of the Russian sex-slave industry. As the tension on both fronts escalates into blackmail, revenge, and violence, the always gripping Bohjalian (Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, 2014) offsets the fireworks by bathing all parties in the most sympathetic light. Venturing into crime-thriller territory familiar to fans of Harlan Coben, Bohjalian's page-turner about an average Joe caught up in sordid events beyond his control resonates with chilling plausibility. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
Library Journal Reviews
In another fresh and different novel from the New York Times best-selling Bohjalian, Richard Chapman was prepared for a mess when he opens his home to his younger brother's bachelor party. But he wasn't expecting an intimate moment with one of the women hired as entertainment before she and her coworker (both naked) stab their Russian bodyguards to death and flee into the night. Richard is tossed from his crime-scene house by the police, put on indefinite leave by his investment bank, and cold-shouldered by his wife, and that's just the beginning in this tale of escalating suspense.
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Publishers Weekly Reviews
In his latest novel, Bohjalian (Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands) stacks the deck against his well-to-do main character, Richard Chapman, who holds a bachelor party in his Bronxville home for his younger brother, Philip. Richard sends his wife and daughter into Manhattan for the night, a good thing, because the two strippers hired for the occasion turn out to be Russian sex slaves, who kill the two pimps who accompany them to the party before fleeing into the night. Earlier, one of them, a beautiful Armenian girl named Alexandra, almost managed to seduce Richard before he changes his mind. In the aftermath of the murders, Richard is turned out of his house, which has become a crime scene with reporters camped outside, and forced to hire a lawyer. As the consequences of the night pile up, Richard becomes estranged from his wife, is banned from his office, and finds himself the target of a blackmailer from the party who has an incriminating cell phone video of him and Alexandra. And then there is Alexandra herself, who returns to the scene of the crime, tailed by her seriously scary Russian bosses. It is to the author's credit that he takes this situation and makes it somewhat credible. Juxtaposed against the upper-class setting is Alexandra's own account of being sold into slavery, which deserves a less sudsy book of its own. (Jan.)
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When the bachelor party her husband is hosting goes wrong, Kristin finds her life spiraling into a nightmare of accusations and betrayal while a girl hired to provide entertainment at the party flees for her life from gangsters. - (Baker & Taylor)
When the bachelor party her husband is hosting goes murderously wrong, Kristin finds her life spiraling into a nightmare of accusations, shame and betrayal while a girl hired to provide entertainment at the party flees for her life from murderous gangsters. - (Baker & Taylor)
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 Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night.
In the aftermath, Kristin and Richard’s life rapidly spirals into nightmare. The police throw them out of their home, now a crime scene, Richard’s investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and Kristin is unsure if she can forgive her husband 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. - (Random House, Inc.)