By P.J. Vernon
Published by Doubleday Books
on June 15, 2021
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.
Wow, was this a tense read! I was pulled into this one right away, and the escalating danger and tension made it so hard to put the book down, and I wound up finishing it in a couple of days.
Bath Haus was a twisty, dark thriller and all I could do was watch as Oliver’s life threatened to crumble around him. The more he tried to cover up the initial lie, the worse everything seemed to get as one lie quickly leads to another and so on, and I couldn’t wait to see how this story was going to end.
If you like thrillers, particularly domestic mystery/thrillers, definitely check this one out.