Book Review | The Way Inn : a novel by Will Wiles

book cover the way inn by will wiles

Neil Double is a conference surrogate, meaning companies pay him to go to conferences for them and collect information. He spends his time traveling the globe, living in hotels and attending all manner of conventions. In The Way Inn he meets redhead Dee, an employee of the hotel chain, who shows him that the Way Inn is much more than the average hotel. When things at Neil’s conference go south, he strikes a bargain with a creepy staff member named Hillbert to try to get things back on track, but it becomes the beginning of much worse troubles as Neil and Dee become trapped in the hotel.

While this book is fairly easy to read, it doesn’t really become interesting until more than halfway through. At just over 330 pages, that is quite a long wait. The novel begins as corporate fiction, introducing the reader to Neil, the protagonist, his job, and the conference he’s currently attending. A few characters from his work are introduced, but they have no bearing on the real plot. The story becomes surreal much later as the hotel takes on a life of its own, and though entertaining, it is often unbelievable and sometimes poorly explained. The Way Inn could be of interest to the frequent corporate traveler looking for something (unreal) to pass the time. Check it out from a library near you.

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About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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