Rooms by Lauren Oliver Review

Title: Rooms

Author: Lauren Oliver

Publisher:  HarperAudio

Format: Audiobook

Narrators:  Orlagh Cassidy, Barbara Caruso, Elizabeth Evans, Courtney Shaw, Noah Galvin, and Cynthia Darlow

Publication Date: September 23, 2014

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars

Source: Overdrive Library

A tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways

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.

Rooms was a genuinely weird book, and I’m really not sure how I feel about it. I listened to this and there were 6 different narrators for the different point of views. It did make it very clear who was talking, and I think even if I were reading this book, the characters voices and personalities are so different it would be very obvious who was talking. It was well-written with a complex and well-thought out storyline.

The biggest detractor to this book was the fact that it was just so incredibly sad, and the characters weren’t really redeemable. Everyone in this book except for the little girl was just terrible. Totally selfish and an unwilling to think of the people around them. What’s interesting is that you see how it passes from husband to wife, to their children. Trenton and Minna in particular are products of the environment in which they were raised, and are precisely so selfish because their parents were so selfish. I did like the ghosts, but even they were unreliable narrators and so incredibly selfish in both their human life and ghost life. It was just incredibly sad, the whole book. I can only give it 3 out of 5 stars because it took me days to get through it, because I just really didn’t want to know what the next heartbreaking thing would be.

3/5 – Worth Reading

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“People, Caroline thought, were like houses. They could open their doors. You could walk through their rooms and touch the objects hidden in their corners. But something–the structure, the wiring, the invisible mechanism that kept the whole thing standing–remained invisible, suggested only by the fact of its existing at all.”
Lauren Oliver, Rooms