Rooms by Lauren Oliver

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

IMG_0601I liked this book more than I thought I would and it was the perfect Hallow-read!  Rooms chapters are uniquely divided up into sections based on rooms within an old country house owned by the dysfunctional Walker family. Richard Walker has passed away and his estranged family has returned to the house to settle his affairs.  His ex-wife Caroline has a terrible drinking problem, his daughter Minna has de-reailed her life and his son Treton has never been the same since an accident.  As the walkers go through their deceased father‘s belongings they are beginning to find out secrets kept from each other and secrets their father kept from them.   All of these goings on are watched with interest by the ghosts that haunt the house. Things get interesting when Trenton begins to hear the ghosts’ voices.

First of all,  I have to admit I am a sucker for a gritty dysfunctional family and the Walkers fit that bill beautifully!  Their lives and interactions with each other were realistic and believeable albeit snarky and hateful.  I enjoyed getting to see the secrets come to the surface and examine the family dynamics.  I also liked that the story is told in alternating points of view between the Walkers and the ghosts living in the house.  Learning more backstory about why the ghosts were there really added to the spooky factor of this book. Dark and smart, Rooms was hard to put down! I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.

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