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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 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. He races home in full-blown terror as the hand-shaped bruise grows dark on his neck. The truth will destroy Nathan and everything they have together, so Oliver does the thing he used to do so well: he lies. What follows is a classic runaway-train narrative, full of the exquisite escalations, edge-of-your-seat thrills, and oh-my-god twists. P. J. Vernon's Bath Haus is a scintillating thriller with an emotional punch, perfect for readers curious for their next must-read novel.


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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 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. He races home in full-blown terror as the hand-shaped bruise grows dark on his neck. The truth will destroy Nathan and everything they have together, so Oliver does the thing he used to do so well: he lies. What follows is a classic runaway-train narrative, full of the exquisite escalations, edge-of-your-seat thrills, and oh-my-god twists. P. J. Vernon's Bath Haus is a scintillating thriller with an emotional punch, perfect for readers curious for their next must-read novel.

30 review for Bath Haus

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    JUICY AF Those are the first two words that come to mind after reading PJ Vernon's Bath Haus . For real, I binge read this within 24 hours. Which also means that I'll be in a reading slump for the foreseeable future. This was my first dabble into Vernon's works, but it most certainly be my last. Oliver Park lives with partner, Dr. Nathan Klein—an affectionate, yet a bit controlling surgeon, in Washington DC. One night, while Nathan is traveling, Oliver decides to give in to temptation and visi JUICY AF Those are the first two words that come to mind after reading PJ Vernon's Bath Haus . For real, I binge read this within 24 hours. Which also means that I'll be in a reading slump for the foreseeable future. This was my first dabble into Vernon's works, but it most certainly be my last. Oliver Park lives with partner, Dr. Nathan Klein—an affectionate, yet a bit controlling surgeon, in Washington DC. One night, while Nathan is traveling, Oliver decides to give in to temptation and visit a local bathhouse for some NSA fun. Oliver feels guilty, but at the same time has an uncanny need to fulfill this indiscretion. After meeting someone at Haus, Oliver is put in a predicament that will change his life forever. Narrowly escaping, Oliver's life is now in danger. Without going into anymore details, just know that indiscretions somehow find a way of revealing themselves. First and foremost, congratulations to PJ Vernon for being able to write an unapologetically gay thriller in mainstream publishing. I absolutely loved this book, loved the characters, loved the steam, loved the f'd up characters—I just loved it all! A completely bingeable read, Vernon takes you on a journey of sex, drugs, and infidelity that will not be for the faint of heart. Vernon speaks to gay social culture in a way that felt self reflective for the community I resonate with. I truly enjoyed the mystery behind this mystery/thriller and it's my biggest hope that we will get more queer stories from this author. Hands down a contender for one of the top reads of the year.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Frank Phillips

    Man, what a fantastic read this was!! As someone else I know that read this said, this was 'Juicy AF!' I might even go so far as to say this is my FAVORITE read of 2021! On so very many levels, this book spoke to me, and I felt an intimate connection to this story almost immediately. My life, or rather, my previous life, mirrored parts of Oliver Park's life and even though I didn't necessarily like the decisions he made, I fell in love with him as a character. Immediately, we are sucked into thi Man, what a fantastic read this was!! As someone else I know that read this said, this was 'Juicy AF!' I might even go so far as to say this is my FAVORITE read of 2021! On so very many levels, this book spoke to me, and I felt an intimate connection to this story almost immediately. My life, or rather, my previous life, mirrored parts of Oliver Park's life and even though I didn't necessarily like the decisions he made, I fell in love with him as a character. Immediately, we are sucked into this tale of bad decisions and their aftermath as Oliver enters Haus, and the rest is history - this was a lightening fast read that I could not put down! If I were the type, I may have read this in one sitting! I'd recommend going into this knowing little to nothing about the plot, except that this is a dark, gritty, unnerving at times suspenseful thriller at its' best!! Oh yeah, and the richness of Vernon's prose is simply something that can't be missed! This writer has the goods to become a star, in my humble opinion! PHENOMENAL pride '21 read! I won't be the least bit surprised to see this on more than one of the GR's best of '21 lists!! Major caution to those with triggers, as this does deal with sadism, rape, and addiction.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    Bath Haus , P.J. Vernon's upcoming book, is a taut and twisty thriller about truth, trust, and the cost of secrets. Oliver and Nathan have been together a while now. They have a solid, stable relationship, even though there is a difference in their ages and their income. Nathan is a successful surgeon from a wealthy family, while Oliver's upbringing in rural Indiana was quite the opposite. One night while Nathan is out of town on business, Oliver decides to go to Haus, a gay bathhouse. He knows Bath Haus , P.J. Vernon's upcoming book, is a taut and twisty thriller about truth, trust, and the cost of secrets. Oliver and Nathan have been together a while now. They have a solid, stable relationship, even though there is a difference in their ages and their income. Nathan is a successful surgeon from a wealthy family, while Oliver's upbringing in rural Indiana was quite the opposite. One night while Nathan is out of town on business, Oliver decides to go to Haus, a gay bathhouse. He knows he shouldn’t do what he’s gone to do, he knows there’s a significant risk Nathan will find out, but he gives in to his urges. He goes with a handsome man into a private room, where things go completely awry, and Oliver has to fight for his life. He is able to escape and runs out of Haus, afraid, shaken, with angry bruises already forming around his neck. He gets home and realizes he’s in a quandary—how can he explain this to Nathan? So he does the only thing he can think of: he lies. “When it comes to lying, there’s a golden rule: tell as much truth as you can. The truth is, after all, the easiest to remember. It’s the most consistent with inarguable fact.” What Oliver doesn’t realize is what a ripple effect his lies will have. More and more, he finds himself enmeshed in a game of cat and mouse, fearing for his life and his relationship and his future, but he doesn’t know whom to trust or what to expect next. We’ve seen this scenario before but almost never with a gay couple, so that brought an added dimension to this terrific, tense thriller. There’s a lot at play here—issues of trust, communication, addiction, secrets, lies, infidelity—and it all makes this story so compelling. I’ve seen a lot of people on Bookstagram rave about this, so I felt a little like the last gay in the village to get my hands on an ARC, but it definitely lived up to the hype. Congrats to Vernon on creating such a fantastic thriller, one I’ll definitely think about for a while! NetGalley and Doubleday Books provided me with a complimentary advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making it available!! Bath Haus publishes 6/15. Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT

    Audio - 4 Stars overall Michael Crouch - 5 Stars Daniel Henning - 3 Stars Story - 4 Everybody in this story Sucks Stars So, this was NOT a romance. It was messy and entertaining with a nice twist. Audio - 4 Stars overall Michael Crouch - 5 Stars Daniel Henning - 3 Stars Story - 4 Everybody in this story Sucks Stars So, this was NOT a romance. It was messy and entertaining with a nice twist.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Bath Haus is riveting: a gripping thriller about how quickly a life can unravel after a single bad decision. P.J. Vernon deftly reminds us that the terrifying traumas from childhood are often but a prelude to the nightmares we will walk into as adults. This book is stylish, smart, and scary as hell.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Happy pub day! I'm so intrigued by this one! Got my copy and cannot wait to get my hands on it! Happy pub day! I'm so intrigued by this one! Got my copy and cannot wait to get my hands on it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    4.5⭐ Gripping! Edge of your seat nerves from the start. The suspense keeps me on my toes and I just can't put this book down! The story is told with alternating voices of each partner Oliver and Nathan. This is a domestic thriller. Why does Oliver constantly make bad decisions? A recovering addict, Oliver couldn't resist the temptation and desire to have sex with another man. Knowing what he's about to do is wrong, he did it anyway! He goes to a gay bathhouse while his partner Nathan, an MD is out 4.5⭐ Gripping! Edge of your seat nerves from the start. The suspense keeps me on my toes and I just can't put this book down! The story is told with alternating voices of each partner Oliver and Nathan. This is a domestic thriller. Why does Oliver constantly make bad decisions? A recovering addict, Oliver couldn't resist the temptation and desire to have sex with another man. Knowing what he's about to do is wrong, he did it anyway! He goes to a gay bathhouse while his partner Nathan, an MD is out of town for a seminar. His encounter with a stranger at Haus changed his life forever. Oh, I love this book! The characters are complexed with good backstories. The pace is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! It is steamy! ♨️ The only reason it isn't getting five stars is it's predictable, but that didn't ruin any enjoyment for me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    The truth is supposed to set you free, but sometimes it’s not the truth that saves you. It’s the lies. The jumping off point of this new release (which I sure as shit hope is a ginormous bestseller) is the old adage that when the cat’s away, the mouse will play. Oliver has been in a committed relationship with Nathan for years, but when Nathan heads out of town for a conference, Oliver feels like it’s time to . . . . And off he heads to . . . . We're talking glass, steam, bear traps a The truth is supposed to set you free, but sometimes it’s not the truth that saves you. It’s the lies. The jumping off point of this new release (which I sure as shit hope is a ginormous bestseller) is the old adage that when the cat’s away, the mouse will play. Oliver has been in a committed relationship with Nathan for years, but when Nathan heads out of town for a conference, Oliver feels like it’s time to . . . . And off he heads to . . . . We're talking glass, steam, bear traps and just when you think the fun is over . . . . Knock knock – Who’s there???? A murdery stranger who tries to strangle you to death! The only thing I can say about this book is HOLY MOLY . . . . I mean, yeah, I watched enough of this sort of trash back in the day that I had my suspicions regarding the whodunit . . . . But I’m telling you, this is a book where it doesn’t even matter. There is zero chance you will see everything that gets thrown at you even if you figure out the basics. This is simply a story where you buckle up, sit back and enjoy the thrill ride. Every Star.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carlene Inspired

    Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired. It felt so so good to give this book five stars. A wild, gay thriller that checked off all the boxes I have for dark, psychological thrillers. It's sexy, there's scandal, and shocking twists come when you least expect them. Unlike some readers, I did not binge this. I started with the intent to finish in one go, but Bath Haus is a slow, twisted thriller. P.J. Vernon writes in such a way that your stress levels peak alongside Oliver Park's as the af Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired. It felt so so good to give this book five stars. A wild, gay thriller that checked off all the boxes I have for dark, psychological thrillers. It's sexy, there's scandal, and shocking twists come when you least expect them. Unlike some readers, I did not binge this. I started with the intent to finish in one go, but Bath Haus is a slow, twisted thriller. P.J. Vernon writes in such a way that your stress levels peak alongside Oliver Park's as the aftermath of Haus plays out. I had to let the words sit with me, to understand Oliver's background, his relationship, and the position Nathan has in his life. Oliver is such a likeable character, even when he isn't doing good things. Vernon fleshes him out, he feels real, and you do find yourself desiring his safety, as well as desiring the truth. Nathan, on the other hand, is both likeable and too controlling all at once. How Vernon managed to write such distinctive characters with unique voices I do not know, but they are perfect. I loved both their chapters, I liked getting to the meat of who they each really were and how they work together. Bath Haus really is built around shame and while I'd love to give more detail, I truly believe this book is best when read blindly. It, at first, feels like a domestic drama novel, there's affairs, lies, and secretive snooping. There's talk of control, the traditional pieces that make a marital drama so good, but then it is somehow also so provocative. It's erotic and naughty, but with that eroticism comes the true thrill. Things go from suburban street gossip to edge of your seat panic, and yet somehow shame still sits at the center. A novel about choices, consequences, and how both play out over the course of one's life. I cannot recommend Bath Haus enough, it is somehow both relatable and wholly terrifying in such a way that I can't imagine ever living it. It's twisted, it's fresh, it's incredibly well written, and it's gay. If you are a thriller fan, don't skip this one. Grab that gorgeous cover and settle in for dark ride. ARC provided.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Penner

    5 wild stars. This book is insane & not for the faint of heart.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    Recovering addict Oliver has found happiness in his sobriety thanks to help from his partner Nathan, a prominent surgeon in DC. Though their pasts and age difference make them an unlikely couple, they’ve created a life together. Unfortunately, they have fallen into a rut. Oliver knows he could lose everything in an instant but he cannot resist a trip to Haus, a gay bathhouse, while Nathan is attending an out of town conference. He’ll allow himself to give into temptation with an anonymous man and Recovering addict Oliver has found happiness in his sobriety thanks to help from his partner Nathan, a prominent surgeon in DC. Though their pasts and age difference make them an unlikely couple, they’ve created a life together. Unfortunately, they have fallen into a rut. Oliver knows he could lose everything in an instant but he cannot resist a trip to Haus, a gay bathhouse, while Nathan is attending an out of town conference. He’ll allow himself to give into temptation with an anonymous man and then return to his life with Nathan. What starts as a seductive meeting between strangers both seeking the same thing ends in a shocking act of violence in which Oliver narrowly escapes with his life. Terrified Oliver creates a story to explain his injuries to Nathan but little does he know his attacker is ready to play a game of cat and mouse that could destroy his life …or end it completely. Whoa, this story was bananas! Man seeks man for a one-night stand and instead escapes a stalker intent on destroying him. Suddenly Oliver has to create lies on top of lies in order to maintain the life he has created …but soon readers realize his relationship with Nathan isn’t as perfect as he thinks… and maybe Nathan has some secrets of his own. To add even more drama, Oliver’s former boyfriend Hector shows up out of the blue (and there is a sordid history there!), Nathan’s mother is intent on getting Oliver out of her family’s life, annnnd there’s the fact that he filed two separate and conflicting police reports which makes the detective who could help him pretty skeptical. Every character is morally questionable and generally unlikeable with ulterior motives and shocking secrets. I appreciate flawed and genuine characters but most of the characters here felt over the top for the sake of shock factor. I had to set the book down several times to shake my head at the ridiculous decisions Oliver made at every turn. I even yelled at him several times: “Whyyyy are you doing this? … LEAVE him already, he is toxic and he doesn’t love you! … Do not get in that elevator! — Are you for real… why— WHY ARE YOU GETTING IN THE ELEVATOR???” I clearly understand the whole point of a runaway-train narrative; the ripple effect, the events set in motion as the MC digs themselves deeper into a hole. This one just didn’t do it for me; Oliver’s decisions were too frustrating and the twist became obvious pretty quickly. Still, the juicy drama kept me reading and evoked strong emotion, even if it was exasperation. Thanks to Doubleday and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Bath Haus is scheduled for release on June 15, 2021. For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Woodbury

    2.5 stars. For me, this was a thriller that made no sense until the very end. What could have helped it along was an insightful look at a relationship with a deep power imbalance, but I never felt like that part of it came to life. So far I have not seen a queer domestic thriller that really worked for me. Then again, most non-queer domestic thrillers don't really work for me. It's a tricky genre and for folks who like to read heavily in it, this will be a great entry. But for me, looking for jus 2.5 stars. For me, this was a thriller that made no sense until the very end. What could have helped it along was an insightful look at a relationship with a deep power imbalance, but I never felt like that part of it came to life. So far I have not seen a queer domestic thriller that really worked for me. Then again, most non-queer domestic thrillers don't really work for me. It's a tricky genre and for folks who like to read heavily in it, this will be a great entry. But for me, looking for just the best of it, it didn't give me what I'd hoped for. Domestic thrillers often involve the inherent inequality of patriarchy, but those issues don't only play out in non-queer relationships, and tension in a relationship can come from many sources. In that sense, Vernon makes a smart decision here to center his story around one of the classic gay pairings, the older successful man whose relationship with a younger man isn't just about an age gap, but power inequality particularly when there's a strong financial incentive for the younger man to stay. (It's not entirely clear how much younger Oliver is than Nathan, even if Oliver is still in his teens when they meet, Nathan was a resident still so would likely have been in his 20's.) For me, the problem was that the bad guy, Kristian, who assaults Oliver at the beginning of the book, becomes the kind of villain who is so over the top that it doesn't make sense. And even if you suspect there may be a reason for it, you are stuck just waiting around for 95% of the book to see if you're right or if this book doesn't make any sense at all. The relationship between Nathan and Oliver is deeply messed up, and that certainly is clear to the reader, but neither Nathan nor Oliver really spends much time thinking or considering it. It's unclear what they like about each other or why they're together, except that their relationship dynamic is set up to make it difficult to break up. I really wanted to have some character development with one or both of them, a realization of how unhealthy things were, some kind of progress. Without that I just got more frustrated with the rising Kristian plot, with this monster who has no seeming reason for what he's doing, and felt more and more like my preference was another book where the villain was Nathan, the truly awful boyfriend. At least the ending addressed my frustrations, so at least there's that. Most of these thrillers can fall very flat at the end, I just didn't like how long I had to wait before it came together. I want it to be exciting all along the way. Content warning for attempted rape, physical assault with sexual motivations, prescription drug abuse, and there is a pet in peril but it isn't hurt. There is not really a queer suffering issue here, though there is a whole lot of classism which I would hope you'd expect in a book with a lot of wealthy cis white gay men.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jordan (Jordy’s Book Club)

    QUICK TAKE: It’s been so refreshing to see queer fiction start to really permeate into publishing and different genres these past few years, where gay characters and books are considered more mainstream than ever before. Case in point, this really twisty, taut thriller that not only sets the standard for the genre, but adds its own unique take on the domestic suspense story. Here, the story is centered around Oliver and Nathan, a gay couple who appear to have the perfect relationship, but below QUICK TAKE: It’s been so refreshing to see queer fiction start to really permeate into publishing and different genres these past few years, where gay characters and books are considered more mainstream than ever before. Case in point, this really twisty, taut thriller that not only sets the standard for the genre, but adds its own unique take on the domestic suspense story. Here, the story is centered around Oliver and Nathan, a gay couple who appear to have the perfect relationship, but below the surface are harboring a whole host of secrets and lies. The biggest secret being the catalyst that kicks off the book: Oliver goes to a local gay bath house (while Nathan is on a work trip), with the intent of sleeping with a stranger, only to realize the man he picks up has a fetish for…some dark shit. To give much more of the book away would spoil the fun, but needless to say, Oliver’s bath house tryst does not remain a secret and the lies he tells to prevent the truth from coming to light slowly start to unravel and take over his life and relationship.⁣ ⁣ The book is dark and sexy, with a couple unpredictable twists and enough soap and domestic drama to keep readers on the edge of their seat. I read a LOT of thrillers and I can say with certainty that this is for sure one of my favorites of the year.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ What a great book! I love a good thriller and the fact that this book featured queer characters was a big draw for me. Once I started reading this book, I found it impossible to set aside. The story was intense and I had no idea who was responsible for everything that was happening. The book took a lot of twists and turns and I loved the fact that I was surprised several times before turning that final page. Oliver is in a serious rel This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ What a great book! I love a good thriller and the fact that this book featured queer characters was a big draw for me. Once I started reading this book, I found it impossible to set aside. The story was intense and I had no idea who was responsible for everything that was happening. The book took a lot of twists and turns and I loved the fact that I was surprised several times before turning that final page. Oliver is in a serious relationship with Nathan, a doctor. They refer to each other as husbands but they haven’t actually legally married each other as of yet. Nathan is a bit older than Oliver and they both claim to be happy. When Nathan goes out of town, Oliver decides to visit Haus, a gay bathhouse, where things go terribly wrong. Oliver escapes the situation at Haus with his life but he has to figure out how to explain his injuries to Nathan without telling him what he was actually doing. One bad decision leads to a lie and things spiral out of control before you know it. This was a great mystery. Things got more and more complex as the story progressed and I couldn’t wait to see how everything would play out. I loved that there were a lot of unexpected developments worked into the story. I thought that the pacing of the story was very well done. The characters were very well done and I really hoped that Oliver and Nathan would be able to get past everything happening within these pages. The secondary characters added a lot to the book as well. I would highly recommend this book to others. I had a great time with this thriller filled with tons of twists and turns. This was the first time that I had the opportunity to read P.J. Vernon’s work and I was very impressed. I will definitely be picking up more of his books in the future. I received a digital review copy of this book from Doubleday Books via NetGalley. Initial Thoughts This was absolutely fantastic! The story was intense and I had absolutely no idea who was responsible for everything that was happening. One bad decision leads to a lie which spirals out of control before you know it. I was totally hooked by the story from the start and couldn't wait to see how everything would turn out in the end.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Wow... that was incredible!! This is a much hyped book that is worth all the hype! It is dark, intense and very very messed up - and I could not get enough of it. The characters were flawed, they were real and they were nasty! This book is everything that you imagine it to be and more. The twists will shock you, the ending will surprise you. Can't recommend it more! Wow... that was incredible!! This is a much hyped book that is worth all the hype! It is dark, intense and very very messed up - and I could not get enough of it. The characters were flawed, they were real and they were nasty! This book is everything that you imagine it to be and more. The twists will shock you, the ending will surprise you. Can't recommend it more!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Wuthering Vines

    WOW, what a wild ride this one was! I’m very selective of my 5 ⭐️ ratings and I’ve been on the search for a while and this one truly deserves every single star! I absolutely devoured this dark and twisted read! It started off with a bang and the momentum and suspense just continued to build and kept me on the tip of my toes until the very last page! This book explores everyone’s worst nightmares come true and the haunting consequences of just one bad decision and lapse of judgement. I found it to WOW, what a wild ride this one was! I’m very selective of my 5 ⭐️ ratings and I’ve been on the search for a while and this one truly deserves every single star! I absolutely devoured this dark and twisted read! It started off with a bang and the momentum and suspense just continued to build and kept me on the tip of my toes until the very last page! This book explores everyone’s worst nightmares come true and the haunting consequences of just one bad decision and lapse of judgement. I found it to be so riveting, compulsive and utterly brilliant! I cannot wait to see what P.J does next!! This one comes out June 15th! Do yourselves a favour and pre-order it right away!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Javier

    Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... Thanks to PRH International and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Wow, that was INTENSE! This was my first gay domestic thriller and now I want more! It is so refreshing to see some diversification in the genre. Not only straight people behave stupidly and appallingly! The story started off with a bang and didn’t hit the brakes until the very last end. It was dark, compelling and full of twists that will Review published in: https://diagnosisbookaholic.blogspot.... Thanks to PRH International and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Wow, that was INTENSE! This was my first gay domestic thriller and now I want more! It is so refreshing to see some diversification in the genre. Not only straight people behave stupidly and appallingly! The story started off with a bang and didn’t hit the brakes until the very last end. It was dark, compelling and full of twists that will make you say OMG many times. Both main characters, Oliver and Nathan, were wonderfully developed and the study on their relationship was such an interesting one. Wanna read about a toxic relationship? Look no further! That was a time bomb waiting to explode and when it did it was in a really spectacular way. I loved seeing the gayness of it all front and center in the story, no apologies, and in a big publishing house! We seriously need more queer representation in thrillers in which the plot is not about the characters being gay but a plot where the characters happen to be gay. But Bath Haus was great not only because of the representation but for the story itself. It had all the elements you want in a domestic thriller and more. Sex, drugs, infidelity, steam!, a psychopath…If that’s not bingeable I don’t know what is! Hope this book means the start of a new trend and that we’ll have many more queer thrillers in the months to come. I, for one, can’t wait to see what P.J. Vernon comes out with next. With six months yet until the end of the year Bath Haus is a serious contender to be one of my top 10 books of 2021.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    This book was twisted and juicy and everything I could have wanted. Thank you to Doubleday books and P. J. Vernon for this book that comes out June 15, 2021. The book is about Oliver, a recovering drug addict with a seemingly comfortable life. His partner, Nathan, is a successful, but controlling, surgeon. Maybe that’s why when Nathan is out of town for a conference, Oliver decides to visit a steamy bath haus and see what else is out there. His decision quickly turns dangerous when he meets a ma This book was twisted and juicy and everything I could have wanted. Thank you to Doubleday books and P. J. Vernon for this book that comes out June 15, 2021. The book is about Oliver, a recovering drug addict with a seemingly comfortable life. His partner, Nathan, is a successful, but controlling, surgeon. Maybe that’s why when Nathan is out of town for a conference, Oliver decides to visit a steamy bath haus and see what else is out there. His decision quickly turns dangerous when he meets a man who wants to do him harm. Now Oliver has to figure out what he is going to do about Nathan and finds himself in more danger than he thought possible. Thoughts: From the very beginning Oliver is relatable and addicting to read about. I loved both he and Nathan’s characters and truly couldn’t put this book down. It had everything- lies, sex, scandal- all while actually being a thriller! And a thriller with fantastic representation and twists that don’t stop coming. This book shows you what it will be like from the second you glimpse the cover, and I couldn’t get enough. Did I yell at the characters? Of course! I found myself willing them to talk to each other, to communicate, to share. But isn’t that the mark of a story you’re truly invested in? I was rooting for the characters, following along with their successes and failures. Bath Haus finds a niche in a genre full of overdone stories. It is deliciously refreshing and a pleasure to read. I love a book that can surprise me, and this one did just that. The alternating timelines give you insight into the present and the past, which gives you the perfect amount of detail in the story. My palms were sweating, my heart was pounding, and I couldn’t read it fast enough. Drop everything and order this book, I promise you won’t be sorry. It really “grabs you by the throat” and doesn’t let go until the very last page. Calling it early as one of the best books of the year, I have to give it 5-stars!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paul Ataua

    So many positives here! The writing is good, there are lots of twists and turns, and the ending is satisfying. On the negative side, the 312 pages seemed more like 600 pages, there was a lot of annoying repetition, and quite frankly, I just didn’t like any of the main characters and that left me not caring what happened to them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Phil Dowell (philsbookcorner)

    This completely surpassed my expectations, gave me everything I could have ever wanted from a gay domestic thriller & more! Buckle up everyone, this one is wild! "Bath Haus" is fast-paced, gripping, sexy, & utterly thrilling. I'd highly suggest going into this one semi-blind (I'll keep the review vague) - just know an assault at a bathhouse leads to some crazy shenanigans. Part of the thrill was I truly had no idea where this would go, this is full of OMG! moments the entire way through. The cha This completely surpassed my expectations, gave me everything I could have ever wanted from a gay domestic thriller & more! Buckle up everyone, this one is wild! "Bath Haus" is fast-paced, gripping, sexy, & utterly thrilling. I'd highly suggest going into this one semi-blind (I'll keep the review vague) - just know an assault at a bathhouse leads to some crazy shenanigans. Part of the thrill was I truly had no idea where this would go, this is full of OMG! moments the entire way through. The characters, pacing, writing, all of it was just fantastic. I loved seeing both a gay couple and gay culture, in general, at the forefront of a domestic thriller - I really hope this opens a door for more books like this to be published in the future. This felt fresh in every way & I can't wait to see what P.J. does next! This was a huge win for me, another early contender for my favorite read of the year - everyone, you need to have this on your TBR lists! Thank you so much to P.J. Vernon, NetGalley, & Doubleday for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    debra

    Let me explain why the 3*s This was a truly gripping 4-5* story. For me, the story was almost ruined by the repetitive recounting of a character's frenzied angst over almost every action ,(ok-many actions were ill considered to say the least) thought, and emotion that was related in overwrought metaphor after metaphor. Let me explain why the 3*s This was a truly gripping 4-5* story. For me, the story was almost ruined by the repetitive recounting of a character's frenzied angst over almost every action ,(ok-many actions were ill considered to say the least) thought, and emotion that was related in overwrought metaphor after metaphor.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    Many thanks to Doubleday and NetGalley for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Mannnn, this book had me going until the end, but by then it went to some pretty expected places. I dug the fact that almost all the characters were completely f*cked up. I like messy characters. Although, I found Oliver too immature, and Nathan too controlling. Together, they just didn’t work. At all. The trauma the characters experience here, and the anxiety, it was visceral. It all felt so real. It Many thanks to Doubleday and NetGalley for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Mannnn, this book had me going until the end, but by then it went to some pretty expected places. I dug the fact that almost all the characters were completely f*cked up. I like messy characters. Although, I found Oliver too immature, and Nathan too controlling. Together, they just didn’t work. At all. The trauma the characters experience here, and the anxiety, it was visceral. It all felt so real. It was devastating and hard to read at times. But that’s the mark of a good writer, I guess. If only the antagonists were a little less, um, exaggerated? The book kind of loses some steam at times (the pacing stop-and-go). It was oftentimes hard to suspend my disbelief, if I’m being honest. A lot of scenarios seemed all too convenient to further the plot in the right direction, but wholly implausible to me on an emotional and logical level. Seriously, doesn’t anyone know how to talk anymore? Like, open your mouth and say why you mean and feel? It’s hard for me to relate, because I consider myself very forthcoming and honest. I don’t know… a lot of things would’ve been solved in this book if the characters talked (like, actually TALKED) to one another. Then again, it wouldn’t have made for such a thrilling thriller. Speaking of thrilling: yes, Bath Haus has its moments. There are twists and turns aplenty, but some are pretty obvious and rather like a queer Lifetime movie. I had the whole thing figured out from the start, which is a shame. It held my interest for the duration, at least. (view spoiler)[Major kudos to the author for not killing the dog! I really appreciated that. If anything bad had happened to Tilly, I was fully prepared to remove this book from my Kindle and my brain. (hide spoiler)] Another slight (emphasis on “slight”) criticism would be that the prose got a littttle too purple at times. I don’t mean full-on purple, but maybe like a mauve? Mauve prose just doesn’t have a nice ring to it, though. This book also reinforces my thoughts on how utterly shit rich people can be. Wealth, privilege… only those who have it will say it doesn’t buy happiness. (I’m a white male, so I have more privilege than most, but I’ve also grown up—and remain—constantly worrying over money). So, when I hear people use “summer” as a verb, or talk of The Hamptons, art galleries, VIP bottle service blah blah blah, I die a little inside. No, that’s not right. It’s simply this: I have nothing in common with these people. And as much as I want to like everybody, it’s difficult in these cases. I don’t like reading about rich white folks. Bit of a rant, but I’m over it now. In the end, Bath Haus turned out to be a fairly predictable by-the-numbers gay thriller. I think many people will enjoy this—and I’m sure it’ll be eaten up alongside poolside daiquiris this Summer—but it didn’t really do it for me. *Props for doling out a queer thriller, though! We need more in this genre*

  23. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

    Bath Haus really took me by surprise. Vernon quickly brings the reader into this thriller with an early mishap (to put it lightly) that sets the story in motion. Told through the voices of husbands (or, so one of them thinks) Oliver and Nathan, this story is unique in clearly setting Oliver as a protagonist while still placing the reader in this other narrative's head. This asymmetry in information is used to amazing effect by Vernon in the final chapters of the novel. Picture me, mouth agape, a Bath Haus really took me by surprise. Vernon quickly brings the reader into this thriller with an early mishap (to put it lightly) that sets the story in motion. Told through the voices of husbands (or, so one of them thinks) Oliver and Nathan, this story is unique in clearly setting Oliver as a protagonist while still placing the reader in this other narrative's head. This asymmetry in information is used to amazing effect by Vernon in the final chapters of the novel. Picture me, mouth agape, as the deft third act reveal played out and all the pieces clicked in my head. My only real quibble with Bath Haus was a bit of an issue with two-dimensionality amongst its secondary characters. While both Detective Henning and Tom are given good treatments, both Kristian and Hector leave me wanting more. I finished the book understanding little to nothing about the latter two's motives or seeing any real reason why one of them was included except as a red herring. Beyond this issue, I found Vernon's writing to be exceedingly pleasing to read. This is a page-turner that really pays off. Four well-earned steamy stars. ***Note: I received an ARC of this novel from Doubleday and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.***

  24. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    A thriller focused around a gay couple shouldn’t be as rare as it is, but here we are....and I need more of them because I devoured this book! It’s a dark, sexy, and gritty story following Oliver who gets sexually assaulted at a bathhouse (if you’re unfamiliar with gay culture, google it) and tries to keep it a secret from his fiancée by disguising it as a simple mugging. But of course, in true thriller fashion, there is much more to the story and I feel like this one is best going into only kno A thriller focused around a gay couple shouldn’t be as rare as it is, but here we are....and I need more of them because I devoured this book! It’s a dark, sexy, and gritty story following Oliver who gets sexually assaulted at a bathhouse (if you’re unfamiliar with gay culture, google it) and tries to keep it a secret from his fiancée by disguising it as a simple mugging. But of course, in true thriller fashion, there is much more to the story and I feel like this one is best going into only knowing the bare minimum because of the surprises and turns this one takes.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    Overview 👍 Queer thriller 🆗 Complicated/morally grey main character 🆗 Cheating 👍 Muli layered mystery 👍 Multi POV Bath Haus is an intense queer thriller that centers around Oliver, a young man with a checkered past who is dating a successful doctor. During a low point in their relationship, he goes to a secretive gay bathhouse to cheat but is nearly killed in the process. With bruises on his neck, he goes home to try to put it all behind him, but his near killer seems to have found him. Bath Haus is a Overview 👍 Queer thriller 🆗 Complicated/morally grey main character 🆗 Cheating 👍 Muli layered mystery 👍 Multi POV Bath Haus is an intense queer thriller that centers around Oliver, a young man with a checkered past who is dating a successful doctor. During a low point in their relationship, he goes to a secretive gay bathhouse to cheat but is nearly killed in the process. With bruises on his neck, he goes home to try to put it all behind him, but his near killer seems to have found him. Bath Haus is a hardcore ride: Sex, explicit sexual expression, CW for drugs, sexual violence, you name it. Just go in knowing it's pretty dark, though it doesn't go into a ton of detail with these themes. Despite some of the more raunchy nature of this book, it fits well within the standard family of domestic thrillers- at its core centering around a long-term relationship and the violence that threatens it. Nathan and Oliver have very distinct POVs, and give you different reasons to be rooting for them. This can be hard because both characters are deeply flawed. Then you have the X Factor, Kristian, the man who attempted to kill Oliver. Untangling that mystery is spooky and very fun! I didn't rate this a full 5 because some of the plot points were a little hard to grasp/there were some convenient aspects of the twist/moving the mystery along, but for those looking for some queerness in their domestic, this is a GREAT, and FAST read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ashwin

    Rarely have I been as pleasantly, thoroughly entertained by anything as I was by the riveting, darkly twisted “Bath Haus". Like so many hyped novels of the past few months (Let's Get Back to the Party, These Violent Delights), Bath Haus is about chaotic relationships, traumatic pasts, identity and the ways we betray each other and ourselves. But unlike others, what the novel never loses are familiar, plausible motivations for the characters. Oliver, a young recovering addict, lives with his part Rarely have I been as pleasantly, thoroughly entertained by anything as I was by the riveting, darkly twisted “Bath Haus". Like so many hyped novels of the past few months (Let's Get Back to the Party, These Violent Delights), Bath Haus is about chaotic relationships, traumatic pasts, identity and the ways we betray each other and ourselves. But unlike others, what the novel never loses are familiar, plausible motivations for the characters. Oliver, a young recovering addict, lives with his partner Nathan, a distinguished trauma surgeon, in a ritzy DC Brownstone. The scene opens with Oliver, risking his idyllic relationship with Nathan for a night of anonymous sex at Haus, a gay bathhouse, where he is nearly killed by a mysterious blond man. Secrets are kept. More lies to cover it up. Oliver and Nathan's fragile relationship is ripe for self-destruction, making their quietly tense conversations among the most exciting bits. (view spoiler)[What is notable is each character’s intense desire to either control or escape the chokehold. This desire is what drives the plot. (hide spoiler)] The novel explores other fascinating themes like drugs, addiction, infidelity, and power imbalance in a relationship. There were obvious hints of the ending as the story unfolds, although I doubt that would dampen the experience. Bath Haus begins as an erotic, tense story of temptation gone awry, and eventually arrives at an ending that feels like opening a bottle of champagne – a startling, satisfying pop.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nev

    Holy shit. What a messy and enthralling thrill ride of a book. When Oliver Park visited a bathhouse intending to cheat on his husband he had no idea the night would end with him fleeing in terror after a mysterious man tried to choke him to death. Not wanting to alert his husband to his infidelity he constructs lie after lie to keep his secrets. But the man who tried to kill him is still out there… I loved how this book started out strong. I feel like I’ve read a lot of thrillers lately that are Holy shit. What a messy and enthralling thrill ride of a book. When Oliver Park visited a bathhouse intending to cheat on his husband he had no idea the night would end with him fleeing in terror after a mysterious man tried to choke him to death. Not wanting to alert his husband to his infidelity he constructs lie after lie to keep his secrets. But the man who tried to kill him is still out there… I loved how this book started out strong. I feel like I’ve read a lot of thrillers lately that are so slow throughout most of the book, only to become thrilling at the very end. With Bath Haus the very first chapters are extremely gripping and it mostly keeps the fast-paced nature throughout the majority of the book. The writing also created such a vivid atmosphere and sense of suspense and tension. I was on the edge of my seat for so much of the story. This book truly surprised me a couple times with where it went with the plot. It even made me audibly gasp with one reveal. I can understand why this book won’t work for everyone. The characters aren’t always likeable and they don’t always do the right thing, but damn it made for a compelling read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aniruddha M

    Oliver visits a bath house for a night of anonymous, no-strings-attached fun! His partner Nathan is out of town for a Medical Seminar. But at the bath house, Oliver is attacked by a chiseled, Scandinavian man called Kristian and a scuffle ensues. Oliver escapes by injuring Kristian, with a horrible bruise around his neck! Now he cannot tell Nathan the truth, and the police have a hard time believing him as well. Pumping up the excitement further, both Kristian and records of him at the bath house Oliver visits a bath house for a night of anonymous, no-strings-attached fun! His partner Nathan is out of town for a Medical Seminar. But at the bath house, Oliver is attacked by a chiseled, Scandinavian man called Kristian and a scuffle ensues. Oliver escapes by injuring Kristian, with a horrible bruise around his neck! Now he cannot tell Nathan the truth, and the police have a hard time believing him as well. Pumping up the excitement further, both Kristian and records of him at the bath house have vanished and now he's coming after Oliver. Please read my detailed review from the link below https://www.aniblogshere.com/book-rev... Do Read 📖, Like 👍🏼, Comment 💭, or Share 🚩 🙏🏼🙏🏼 #lgbt #bathhouse #pjvernon #thriller #thrillerbook #serialkiller #thrillernovel #bookfan #bookreviewer #bookworm #booklover #booklove #booklovers #bookbuzz #books #bookreview #bookblogger #bookblogging #blogger #book #booksarelife #booksaremagic # #bookaddicts #booksarelove

  29. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

    4 stars audio 3 stars story only because I wasn't really in the mindset for this kind of story. If I were it would've easily been 4 stars. 4 stars audio 3 stars story only because I wasn't really in the mindset for this kind of story. If I were it would've easily been 4 stars.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Mary McKinnon

    PJ Vernon’s BATH HAUS grabbed me by the throat (pun intended) from the opening lines. Dark, gritty, not to mention completely terrifying, the tension builds chapter after chapter, to the point where you can’t help but gasp out loud. You know bad things are coming. You know people will get hurt. But you can’t stop yourself from greedily binge-reading the pages until you reach the epic conclusion. Booklist may have called PJ Vernon “a name to watch in the thriller genre” but I say, “Look out, worl PJ Vernon’s BATH HAUS grabbed me by the throat (pun intended) from the opening lines. Dark, gritty, not to mention completely terrifying, the tension builds chapter after chapter, to the point where you can’t help but gasp out loud. You know bad things are coming. You know people will get hurt. But you can’t stop yourself from greedily binge-reading the pages until you reach the epic conclusion. Booklist may have called PJ Vernon “a name to watch in the thriller genre” but I say, “Look out, world” – because he has arrived, and I, for one, am riveted. Sinister, explosive and utterly addictive, BATH HAUS is a thriller on steroids.

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