“The Guest Room” by Chris Bohjalian

guest-roomI always enjoy Bohjalian’s works.  In this novel he tackles a tough subject to read: sex trafficking of innocent young girls. The story revolves around a decent, married, upper middle class American man who allows his not so decent brother to throw a trashy bachelor party in his home. The party turns into a nightmarish orgy ending with the murder of two Russian mobsters but this author is much too talented to write a trashy book. The narrators alternate between the husband, his stunned wife, their confused nine year old daughter and the heartbreaking story of the enslaved girl. It is clear that Bohjalian did his research educating the reader with a horrible inside view of sex slavery and how surprisingly easily it can become part of our own social fabric. As in Bohjalian’s previous books “The Guest Room” is a page turner with richly written characters that draw you into the story while raising social awareness on the unthinkable without being melodramatic.

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