The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart #bookreview #fantasy #scifi #thriller #mystery #timetravel

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Title: The Paradox Hotel

Author: Rob Hart

Publisher:   Ballantine Books

Publication Date: February 22, 2022

Page Count:  321

My rating: 3 1/2 stars

About the book:

An impossible crime. A detective on the edge of madness. The future of time travel at stake. From the author of The Warehouse . . .

January Cole’s job just got a whole lot harder.

Not that running security at the Paradox was ever really easy. Nothing’s simple at a hotel where the ultra-wealthy tourists arrive costumed for a dozen different time periods, all eagerly waiting to catch their “flights” to the past.

Or where proximity to the timeport makes the clocks run backward on occasion—and, rumor has it, allows ghosts to stroll the halls.

None of that compares to the corpse in room 526. The one that seems to be both there and not there. The one that somehow only January can see.

On top of that, some very important new guests have just checked in. Because the U.S. government is about to privatize time-travel technology—and the world’s most powerful people are on hand to stake their claims.

January is sure the timing isn’t a coincidence. Neither are those “accidents” that start stalking their bidders.

There’s a reason January can glimpse what others can’t. A reason why she’s the only one who can catch a killer who’s operating invisibly and in plain sight, all at once.

But her ability is also destroying her grip on reality—and as her past, present, and future collide, she finds herself confronting not just the hotel’s dark secrets but her own.

At once a dazzlingly time-twisting murder mystery and a story about grief, memory, and what it means to—literally—come face-to-face with our ghosts, The Paradox Hotel is another unforgettable speculative thrill ride from acclaimed author Rob Hart.

The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart is a science fiction fantasy that does have an air of mystery and a thrilling side to the story. The story in The Paradox Hotel is one that involves time travel jumping, has an unreliable narrator and a complex plot.

January Cole has spent a lot of her career going through time and fixing problems that have arisen to keep a balance. Now January is head of security at the Paradox hotel because she is “unstuck” and has to battle slips of the timeline.  

Due to January’s slipping in and out of time she finds a room that only she can see and a body that no one else notices. On top of January having to figure out just what the room means there are “accidents” happening to those around the hotel including live dinosaurs roaming the property.

I have to say that at the core of The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart is a strong story that I did enjoy. Of course my three and a half star rating shows that I did find some issues when reading The Paradox Hotel. For me the story wasn’t always easy to follow and I think could have been a little more clear in places especially the beginning when just diving into the book. That being said though I think the dinos and the snarky robot won me over enough that I’m glad I gave this a chance.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Find this book online:

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About the author:

Rob Hart is the author of THE WAREHOUSE, which sold in more than 20 languages and was optioned for film by Ron Howard. He also wrote the short story collection TAKE-OUT, the Ash McKenna crime series, and he co-authored SCOTT FREE with James Patterson. His next book, coming from Ballantine, is PARADOX HOTEL. He lives in New York City. Find him online at @robwhart and

2 Comments on “The Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart #bookreview #fantasy #scifi #thriller #mystery #timetravel

  1. Carrie, I hadn’t heard of this book until just a couple of days ago, so I went to get some more opinions on it and I found this review. Most helpful. It does sound promising to me. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this one.

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