If you are a book lover like me you definitely need to read The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel! I would easily put this book on my top 5 list of 2020 and that says a lot. I’ve read quite a few. This year even more than other years. Continue reading if you want to find out more about the captivating novel.
A fascinating story about survival and crisis
Emily St John Mandel has the ability to mix the ordinary with astonishment and she has done it remarkably well in this novel. Here you will follow Vincent, a woman who is a bartender at a 5-star hotel on Vancouver Island who meets Jonathan Alkaitis. Alkaitis is running a Ponzi scheme that turns out to be connected to a graffiti incident the same night the two main characters meet.
Vincent poses as Alkaitis’s wife when he is running the Ponzi scheme and transferring large sums of money through his clients’ accounts. As with most schemes, the reality catches up and lives are devastated because of this.
Years after this, a victim of the fraud is hired to investigate Vincent’s disappearance from the deck of a container ship and discovers a world of secrets.
In the novel The Glass Hotel, Emily St John Mandel is weaving together the three characters and moves between the skyscrapers of New York to the tranquility of Vancouver Island.
It is a very captivating story about greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and people from our past.
If you are having trouble falling asleep reading a book definitely helps, I’d recommend that to anyone with the slighted sleep issue.
My opinion about The Glass Hotel
I absolutely loved this book. It had me hooked from the first page and I really didn’t want to put it away. I wanted to read on but at the same time, I didn’t want it to end so I had to force myself to put it down and not finish it in one go.
If you like suspense and mystery this is THE novel for you. The author manages to create an amazingly satisfying twist in the end that you can’t miss! If there is only one book to read this year it’s The Glass Hotel!
I also love how she manages to weave all the characters together and how she creates suspense in her writing. You’d think that with such different locations and characters it’d be hard to follow along. But it’s so well written that there is never any confusion.
Emily St John has apart from The Glass Hotel also written Station Eleven. It’s a book that I’ve not yet read but heard so much about. After reading this one it’s definitely next up! Somehow this book feels so relevant this year as it takes place after a pandemic has devastated the world. Sounds kind of familiar…
So to sum it up, The Glass Hotel is a must-read! A well-written book with interesting characters and an interesting story. You should give it a chance too!