Lauren Oliver has been one of my favourite writers since the ‘Delirium’ series was released to the joy of YA readers everywhere. When I was offered the chance to read her new novel that found it’s way into the adult fiction genre I was very excited to put my nose down in the book and get to reading.
Lauren Oliver’s latest novel ‘Rooms’ is meant for an adult audience and shares with readers a mesmerizing story in a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mysteries, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect. Here is the official synopsis of the book:
Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a life time. His estranged family – bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna – have arrivers 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.
I recommend that everyone runs out to read this book when it hits bookstores on September 23rd. ‘Rooms’ is eery, haunting, funny and heartbreaking… all at the same time. ‘Rooms’ blends the line between the normal and the paranormal in a way that all readers can connect with. I think most readers will identify with all the characters, living and ghostly, as they try to escape their pasts in order to find a happier future. If you found Oliver’s writing your taste in the past then you will love the witty but real prose of this novel… go check it out and let us know what you think on twitter!
In the mean time check out our interview Lauren Oliver… HERE!