Book Review: Bath Haus

BATH HAUS | P.J. Vernon
06.15.2021 | Doubleday Books
Rating: 5/5 stars


Oliver Park, a young recovering addict from Indiana, finally has everything he ever wanted: sobriety and a loving, wealthy partner in Nathan, a prominent DC trauma surgeon. Despite their difference in age and disparate backgrounds, they’ve made a perfect life together. With everything to lose, Oliver shouldn’t be visiting Haus, a gay bathhouse. But through the entrance he goes, and it’s a line crossed. Inside, he follows a man into a private room, and it’s the final line. Whatever happens next, Nathan can never know. But then, everything goes wrong, terribly wrong, and Oliver barely escapes with his life. 

Why didn’t I read this book sooner? I can’t believe I let BATH HAUS sit on my shelf for almost a year before I picked it up. Holy crap! This book is absolutely everything I want in a thriller. It’s an edge of your seat story filled with tension, drama, and all the juicy details! I could not look away!

BATH HAUS is told through alternating narratives from Oliver and Nathan. While the story is largely told through Oliver’s eyes, it’s the pieces from Nathan that help to round everything out and add in extra drama. Vernon serves up some excellent twists that either left me floored or kicking myself for not paying attention to clues better. The chapters are short and captivating with nonstop action packed in. It’s definitely not an easy book to talk about the details of without giving something away, so just snag a copy and buckle up for a wild ride!

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