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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for a 34th annual Lambda Literary Award • A scintillating thriller with an emotional punch: “The tension builds to unbearably claustrophobic levels. To say more would rob readers of the 'no, he didn’t' suspense that makes Bath Haus an unexpectedly twisted, heart-pounding cat-versus-mouse thriller" (Los Angeles Times).

Oliver Park, a 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 perfect for listeners curious for their next must-listen novel.

©2021 P. J. Vernon (P)2021 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

A New York Times Editors' Choice Book 

The Best Crime Novels of the Year by CrimeReads 

A Newsweek Favorite Book of the Year

A Queerties Award Nominee for Best Read

Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award Nominee for Best Mystery 

A Lambda Literary Award Finalist for LGBTQ Mystery

Recommended by The New York TimesO, The Oprah MagazineThe Washington Post, Lambda Literary, LGBTQ Reads, The New York PostOprah Daily, Crime by the Book, CrimeReads, Goodreads 2021 Pride Reading List, Jezebel, Entertainment Weekly, and Parade 

"As taut as a tightrope. Each twist in this tale of a tryst gone very, very wrong spins the plot into a new and daring direction.” (Riley Sager, New York Times best-selling author of Survive the Night)

Bath Haus is the gay one night stand from hell - thrilling!” (Silvia Moreno-Garcia, New York Times best-selling author of Velvet Was the Night

“It’s like if your worst nightmare - and sexual fantasy - came true at the same time.... You won’t be able to put it down.” (Eric Cervini, New York Times best-selling author of The Deviant’s War

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Editor's Pick

Another hit from P. J. Vernon
As soon as I heard this thriller pitched as ''Gone Girl with gays and Grindr,'' I knew I had to listen. Bath Haus is a dark, gritty, and suspenseful ride—one twist after the next. At first glance, Oliver and Nathan seem to have the perfect life. But when Oliver goes to a gay bathhouse looking for an anonymous hookup, he finds himself involved in something much more dangerous. As the story unfolds, Oliver spins himself deeper and deeper into a web of lies and bad decisions—all in an attempt to hide his indiscretion and stay alive. Featuring incredible dual performances from Michael Crouch and Daniel Henning, Bath Haus is a twisty queer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat for all 12 hours. —Michael C., Audible Editor

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Absolutely Gripping

I started this title yesterday and I am engrossed and literally on the edge of my seat while listening at my job. I can't wait to finish it today just so I can sleep tonight. I am absolutely gobsmacked at just how FREAKING GOOD this book is!!!

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Love, love, love this

Finished in one day. Super dark domestic noir. I felt so tense while reading this perfectly paced and plotted novel. I wouldn’t call it a mystery as you can sort of feel what’s coming and that makes it all the more heart racing. Can’t say much more without giving things away. Narration was very good too!

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  • 06-25-21

Purple prose for the Lavender Set

--The first person description of the main character was too extreme (not too vivid, which I would have welcomed) Lots of sentences like: "I was surrounded by a room full of spiders, but I was the only one without 8 legs and venom sacs."
--The emotional reality of this relationship wasn't established so it was always hard to justify why the main character was so torn up by any of his decisions.
--The flashbacks deadened any forward momentum.
--The book is told from 2 characters' perspectives, which reveals too much information to sustain the suspense.
--The narrators were most likely doing the best with what was given, but their best was a tremulous monotone.

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Charged and Intoxicating

A journey through the lives of partners - Oliver, a recovering drug addict, and Nathan, the man who helped turn Oliver's life around and maintains a life of stability and structure to prevent his relapse - Bath Haus is a chilling account of love and deception, and one couple's attempts to maintain a life together despite the obstacles.

Dramatic narration by Michael Crouch and Daniel Henning bring Oliver and Nathan to life in an adventure from heart racing start to climactic ending. 

This thriller by P.J. Vernon went on my wish list as soon as I finished his novel When You Find Me. Exhilarating suspense from start to finish kept me on the edge, making it difficult to put this down, and making it well worth the wait for this title's release.

I'm adding this to my review as I looked for it specifically before purchase and didn't see it mentioned - There are some mildly violent references to sexual acts and descriptive sexual related scenes in this book. However neither were enough to cause me to stop listening, even as a *slightly* modest cishet female. So, if you're concerned about that- worry not!

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Awesome!!!

The narrator is amazing! Loved the twists and turns in this book. I stayed up way too late because the story had me on the edge of my seat.

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Do it

Fascinating book. Absolutely excellent. Kept me listening straight through. The narrator for Oliver did a fantastic job. The narrator of Nathan did a good job with Nathan but all the other characters struggled.

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Amazing thriller

Such an amazing book! I had been waiting months for the release and finished in two days I couldn’t stop listening !

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Awesome read!

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If you can stand the drama...

The story is pretty good, a bit predictable and drawn out with excessive over dramatic writing, which is exasperated by o we dramatic narration. While the genera lends itself to drama, this was a bit thick. I’ve read/listed to better, and worse.

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  • 05-01-22

Fear and Loathing in Washington, D.C.

This is a raw, sweaty, nervy and paranoid thriller that excites and terrifies in equal measure. Anyone who has ever fantasised (which is just about 100% of the human race) will be able to identify with this and feel the vicarious acid burn as it all goes south for poor Oliver. This is a thriller to enjoy and endure at the same time. The ending is extraordinarily well crafted with elements of pure terror and shocking farce interlaced with class, money, jealousy, control, sex and love seen through the prism of alcohol, drugs and violence.

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  • 01-29-22

Edgy

Tightly plotted, believable characters, relentlessly ratcheted tension. I"ll def look up his other work. Worth a pop.

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  • Susan Downey
  • 01-23-22

Fantastic

This book was excellent, i could not stop listening. I highly recommend, narrators was absolutely excellent, a gripping thriller with lots of twists and turns, just brilliant!

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  • 01-02-22

Amazing Thriller

Had me hooked from the first chapter...and kept me hooked to the end! I didn't see how this would end!

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  • 06-23-21

Terrifying!

I absolutely loved this epic thriller from P. J. Vernon. Cuts razor deep and has had such a lasting impression. Narration is of particular excellence.

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  • 03-26-22

well read but not my thing

I struggled to connect with the characters and the narrative felt unneccessarily crude. not my type if book

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  • 08-12-21

Nothing strong about this book

I listened until the end and it wasn't the worst book I have ever read.
The hardest thing about it was the narrator for Oliver...a shaking, quivering, nervous voice throughout the entire novel. His extreme co-dependence and the lengths he went to also really stretched the imagination.