In accordance to my usual ritual when reading books I know I’ll like, it took me awhile to actually sit down and read. Since 2015, when the local library first got the book, to be exact. After checking it out at least five times and reading the first twenty pages over and over again, I decided enough was enough. Summoning my inner Sandra (a lead character in the book), I kicked up my feet and began devouring Lauren Oliver’s Rooms.
“Everything comes up in the end.” That’s what Sandra, one of the two ghosts haunting Coral River, said. Indeed, when the owner of the house, Richard Walker, died and left his alienated family to pack up his belongings, it seemed that secrets would be uncovered. Sandra and Alice (the other ghost) pass the time bickering, watching the Walkers, and reminiscing their pasts. While his sister, mother, and niece were busy packing and preparing for his father’s funeral, Trenton began to communicate with an new ghost, and the spirit and human worlds collide.
Filled with smart dialogue, vivid descriptions, and frighteningly relatable characters, Rooms buzzes to life, and is as painful and reassuring as it is mysterious and haunting. From its eerie beginning and climatic middle and bittersweet ending, Ms. Oliver’s ghost story and family drama will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page. It’s like a fine, aged wine. It starts out tasty and gets better with every drop.
I easily rate this a five out of five stars.