Five Minute Friday: ROOMS by Lauren Oliver
Okay. This ARC has a story to go with it. This past year at BEA, ROOMS was one of the most highly anticipated ARC drops. Now if you’ve ever been at BEA, people get a little crazy over ARCs. This year, everyone was pretty calm. We knew exactly where and when Lauren’s new title would be. So what did we good bloggers do? We lined up at the publisher’s booth and waited. Seems reasonable. Right?
We were asked to leave.
You heard me correctly. Our line was forced to disband because we were in the way. After being yelled at twice, I walked away. And then came back to join in the ABSOLUTE CRAZINESS that ensued next. Yup. Had we been allowed to stay put earlier, there would not have been an issue. Then when it came time to move through the booth and pick up a copy, we had to choose between ROOMS and THE MINIATURIST. It was a very difficult choice, but in the end my CP and I each took a different book thinking we’d share them.
So, you might ask…was it worth all the drama to get my hands on this book?
So far, so good. I’m currently on page 30 and I’m like that I’m reading an adult book. It’s a nice change of pace.
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.