RaveNew York Journal of Books\"In The Paragon Hotel, [Faye has] written a rich, electric story set at the turn of the last century in Harlem and Portland, excavating darkness so very similar to what we face to today ... History as litany can be boring. Woven into a brilliant story, you might even miss the lesson. But message or no message, lesson to be learned or not, Lindsay Faye has written a crackling historical mystery in language that sings in its dialogue, description, and narrative.\
MixedNew York Journal of BooksThe Belgian chapters read like a good YA book, with some of the same themes as in today’s novels for older teens ... The girl-gone-girl-on-a-train sub-genre requires one final element: the unreliable narrator. There’s one in this book but more can’t be said specifically without a spoiler ... Readers who love this subgenre will likely believe what goes on here and read to the end to find the twist in the tail. They should get more from this novel before they get there than they do.