Carner, Talia. “Hotel Moscow: A Novel”, William Morrow Paperbacks (June 2, 2015)
An American in Russia
Brooke Fielding is a thirty-eight year old Jewish investment manager in New York City. Her parents survived the Holocaust and when she learns that her job is in jeopardy, she decides to join a friend on a mission to Moscow to teach entrepreneurial skills to Russian businesswomen. There is another reason that she decided to go and that she felt that the visit would also give her a chance to learn about the new, emerging Russian market. She sees the trip as a way to secure her job and it sounded wonderfully exciting one of the first Americans to visit Russia after the fall of communism. There is one other item she wants to see and that is how she will be received in the country that persecuted her mother during the second World War.
Brooke found herself inspired by the women she met and therefore commits herself to help them investigate a crime that threatens their businesses. However, when the Russian parliament rose up against President Boris Yeltsin, Moscow resembled a war zone and Brooke learns that being involved can come at a very high price. We are in Russia where nothing goes unnoticed especially in regard to capitalism. A mistake she had made in her past could not affect her future.
Through this wonderful novel we get a look at post-communist Russia as well as an understanding of family, heritage and faith. This is a thriller of a novel about the dangers of international intrigue and you will be turning pages as quickly as is humanly possible. Brooke at first does not realize how much baggage she took to Moscow with her and does not do so until she is forced to deal with the corruption of modern Russia. A word of warning—clear your day before you start to read because once you are into the story, there is no turning back.