The Glass Hotel by Emily St John Mandel

Good Reads Description:

“From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it.

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass and cedar palace on an island in British Columbia. Jonathan Alkaitis works in finance and owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, Vincent’s half-brother, Paul, scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship. Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of northern Vancouver Island, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.”

Helen says:  🤓🤓🤓🤓

I am kind of obsessed with this author.  I loved Station Eleven and I rushed to download this book as soon as it was released.  This story was completely different, but equally compelling. Great description! It was very easy to visualize. It read like a movie. The ending was a little lackluster, but definitely worth reading.

Holly says:🤓🤓🤓 ¾ 

Another entertaining read.  For some reason I kept comparing it to The Guest List.  Not really sure why except maybe the setting was similar.  I definitely enjoyed this one more, although there was a big disconnect for me in the relationships between a few of the characters.  And there were also some lost or underdeveloped characters.  Without giving too much away, the downfall of Jonathan was captivating, similar to Bernie Madoff.  I have not read Station Eleven, but I will.

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