The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian – Book Review

The Guest Room

First I have to start off by letting you know that Bohjalian is one of my favorite authors. I have read most of his books and liked all that I’ve read. Now, for the review. This novel is a difficult read since it covers sex trafficking; the behavior of some people who should know better; and the wide-spread treatment of woman and girls as commodities.

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These are tough subjects, but Bohjalian does this with great empathy and understanding. Since the story is told from different points of view, the reader really gets an education on how sex trafficking works – how the girls are picked, set up and forced into the business. It’s quite an eye-opener and done within the plot so it never feels as though we are being educated.

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Underlying this novel is the realization that if attitudes, mores, and behavior were different none of what occurs could occur. Suffice it to say, there is a bachelor party, girls, and murder. The after-effects are vast and lasting. I really liked this book, due to Bohjalian’s handling of the entire story. I liked the fact that we got different characters points of view. I must say that in the end the hero of the story was a real hero. It’s not easy to do what’s right when your heart has been destroyed. I highly recommend this book.

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