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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling 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.
©2016 Chris Bohjalian (P)2016 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

" The Guest Room pulses quick as a page-turner, but its concerns run deep into the moral consequences following an eruption of violence in ordinary lives." (Charles Frazier, National Book Award-winning author of Cold Mountain)
"A good man's momentary moral lapse plunges his happy, prosperous life into a nightmare of murderous gangsters and remorseless sex traffickers. Bohjalian's deftness as a story teller is on full display here, as he couples the urgency of a compulsively readable crime thriller with a quiet meditation on the meaning of family and relationships; the painstaking, quotidian, essential business of how we win love, and how swiftly we can lose it." (Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March)
"Gripping.... 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." ( Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Taryn on 12-06-17

Kept my interest

I enjoyed listening to this book. I like Bohjalian's work and that may be part of the reason for my positive review. Others have said it wasn't original, but I disagree. I felt that the main characters were well written and the moral aspects of the situation explored in depth. How do we get into a particular situation we never expected? How does one wrong move change our lives forever? I thought the insight into human trafficking was heartbreaking. The ending was not what I expected. In my opinion this was worth my time and credits.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barbara on 02-07-16

Bohjalian's best one yet

Any additional comments?

This book explores the world of sex slaves in a very believable story of a bachelor party gone wrong. Couldn't stop listening...well done, believable, face paced....great job Chris Bohjalian!

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Larissa on 02-08-16

The guest room

Way to much swearing! Story line was ok, there was definitely room for improvement. Swearing detracted from the story.

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