11 October 2014

{Book Review} Rooms by Lauren Oliver

By: Me My Shelf And I | 11 October 2014 at 11:51 AM | | | | | | | |

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Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Ecco (HarperCollins)
Pages: 320
Rating: 5 Birds

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna—have arrived for their inheritance.
But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself—in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.
The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide—with cataclysmic results.
Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

I have never read a ghost story like this in my life, and I highly doubt I will ever happen upon one like it again. ROOMS is unique, and remarkable in it's characters, both the living and the dead.

Oliver blows the concept of ghosts out of the water, taking them from apparitions that wander room to room, and makes them an actual part of the house. They are the rooms. They are the house. And they too are haunted by their pasts. You will not find cheap thrills or sudden scares here – this is a ghost story, but very much not a horror novel. This might seem like a strange thing to say, the two normally go together. But Oliver's story will show you that being haunted can mean so much more.

Filled with mystery, heart break and incredibly addicting backstories for all involved, ROOMS sucked me in and refused to let me leave. Carefully told from alternating POVS, between the 4 members of the Walker family, to the ghosts, you see this story from every possible angle. ROOMS is a ghost story experience unlike anything you've encountered before, it easily sets the new standard for the genre!

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1 comment:

  1. Oooh I LOVE the sound of this! Going straight onto my to-read list! x


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