BOOK REVIEW: The Grand Hotel
by Scott Kenemore
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Welcome to the hotel where nobody checks out.
When a desk clerk welcomes a group of tourists into his mysterious and crumbling hotel, the last thing he expects is that a lone girl on his tour may hold the power to unravel the hidden mystery that has lain for untold centuries within the structure’s walls.
The Grand Hotel is a horror novel by esteemed bestselling author Scott Kenemore (Zombie, Ohio) that takes the reader on a thrilling ride through an interconnected series of stories narrated by the desk clerk and the residents of the hotel itself. And while it is not known whether or not the desk clerk is actually the devil incarnate, it is strange that so many visitors who come for a tour of the hotel have a way of never leaving.
As the narrator takes you deeper and deeper into the heart of the hotel, secrets that have been hiding for aeons begin to show themselves. Although he is quite prepared for this experience, there is some question as to whether or not the rest of the world shares this readiness.
Kenemore’s incredible style and originality carry The Grand Hotel to places most people only see in their nightmares. And while we don’t know all of the secrets that lie within the Grand Hotel, we know that the person who does hold that knowledge puts fear into the narrator himself—a thought that ought to terrify everyone.
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I probably should give The Grand Hotel four stars, but I’m going to stick with three. I try to go with my gut with my ratings and not overthink it too much. 😁
I just didn’t like the overall story as much as I thought I would because it’s almost like reading a series of short stories (which I don’t like). But the book is very well written, the story is enjoyable, and in the end the reason for all of the different stories becomes clear.
The separate stories in the book are woven in to the present day where a tour group is visiting the hotel and meeting all of the residents. Each resident has an unusual story from their past which they each share with the tourists. The hotel desk clerk who is guiding the group has a funny personality that cracked me up several times.
Ultimately, this really is a good book, especially for anyone who enjoys spooky tales (and doesn’t mind short stories).