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Bath Haus is a tension-filled thriller that truly kept me guessing until the very end. I think the less you know about it going in, the better (with the exception of knowing the trigger warnings), so I’ll keep this short and sweet.
I spent about 60% of Bath Haus both hating and feeling sorry for the two main characters. Despite disliking them, I needed to see where the story took them, I felt absolutely compelled to see how these characters would get out of the respective messes they were in. That I still felt such a compulsion to keep reading despite disliking the two main characters speaks volumes about the quality of Vernon’s writing and the story itself—I couldn’t put it down. I was filled with so much dread and discomfort for so much of the book, but the payoff was so worth it—the ending was fantastic and truly something I didn’t see coming.
Even though they give me a pit in my stomach, I love thrillers where a single decision leads to unraveling; where one character’s choice creates a snowball-effect that shows how fragile our lives are and how one wrong turn can set you on a path that feels impossible to get off. If you, like me, are drawn to these types of thrillers, you need to read Bath Haus. I’d also recommend this if you enjoyed Docile (which I did!) as the writing style was similar and it evoked many of the same emotions I felt while reading Docile.
TWs: sexual assault, violence, drug use, suicidal ideation
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