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Bath Haus

By: P. J. Vernon
Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Daniel Henning
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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
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: LGBTQ+

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 Times, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Lambda Literary, LGBTQ Reads, The New York Post, Oprah 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)

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