Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Paragon Hotel” by @Lyndsay Faye G.P. Putnam’s Sons, January 8, 2019
Lyndsay Faye, author of “The Paragon Hotel” has written an intense, and intriguing historical thriller. The Genres for this Novel are Mystery and Thriller, Fiction, Historical Fiction. The timeline for this story is around 1921 and goes to the past and future when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The story takes place in Harlem, New York and Portland Oregon. The author describes her colorful characters as complex and complicated.
Alice, or “Nobody” as she is called has grown up in Harlem, and is familiar with the Mafia. When her best friend’s father is killed, Alice and her friend are determined for payback. She becomes ward to another powerful man in the Mafia, and learns many things. Her friend changes, and becomes more violent. Unfortunately, none of these things stops the bullet that hits “Nobody”. Alice “Nobody” is able to get away from New York, leaving people thinking that she is dead. She has learned the cost of betrayal and crime.
On a train, Alice meets, Max a black porter, who manages to help her by bringing her to The Paragon Hotel, an all black hotel in Portland. A doctor sees to her and stitches her up. There seem to be some quirky characters, that have secrets and problems. Instead of the Mafia, Alice notices that there is the Ku Klux Klan and lots of prejudice and bias towards black people. Alice seems to attract attention being the only white person in the hotel and meets some strange people. There is danger and mystery that is surrounding The Paragon Hotel. When a child goes missing, and strange things are going on, Alice realizes why many of the residents live in fear.
I would recommend this novel to those readers who enjoy thrillers with a historical background, and novels that make you think. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.