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Rooms: A Novel

by Lauren Oliver

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | September 23, 2014 | Hardcover

Rooms: A Novel is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.

After a number of highly acclaimedNew York Timesbestsellers, including the Delirium trilogy and the standalone novelsBefore I FallandPanic, Lauren Oliver returns with a spellbinding tale that confirms her place as one of our finest storytellers. Fueled by the same inspired feel for plot and character that drew readers to Oliver''s earlier works,Roomsis a mesmerizing and suspenseful story of guilt, love, and family secrets.

Estranged patriarch Richard Walker has died, leaving behind a country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His alienated family-bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna-have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Alice and Sandra, two long-dead and restless ghosts, linger within the house''s claustrophobic walls, bound eternally to its physical structure. Jostling for space and memory, 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 lightbulb.

The living and dead are haunted by painful truths that 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,Roomsis an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.38 × 6.5 × 1.05 in

Published: September 23, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062223194

ISBN - 13: 9780062223197

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but I got bored.. At first, I was hesitant about reading this only because it was about ghosts. But it ended up not being scary like a horror novel. Told in multiple point of views from the spirits to the living people, Rooms is a novel full of heartache and all of the terrible realities of life. The story unravels bit by bit and when it does the picture gets clearer as to what truly happened between all the people in the house. The writing is very beautiful, and also very sad. The tone is not Lauren's usual way and I like that it was different than her young adult novels. The added mystery as to how the spirits got there is also an fascinating piece to the entire plot. I found myself wanting to know how they died since it wasn't revealed until the very end. What I liked the best was the characters stories and their progress and how they are weaved together. Other than the rich character development, and secrets, I was a tad bit bored. I wanted much more than just how they died and how they even got there. I needed something to keep me reading the pages. Overall, make sure to grab this if you're looking for a more mature adult read from Lauren Oliver.
Date published: 2014-11-09

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Rooms: A Novel

by Lauren Oliver

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.38 × 6.5 × 1.05 in

Published: September 23, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062223194

ISBN - 13: 9780062223197

From the Publisher

After a number of highly acclaimedNew York Timesbestsellers, including the Delirium trilogy and the standalone novelsBefore I FallandPanic, Lauren Oliver returns with a spellbinding tale that confirms her place as one of our finest storytellers. Fueled by the same inspired feel for plot and character that drew readers to Oliver''s earlier works,Roomsis a mesmerizing and suspenseful story of guilt, love, and family secrets.

Estranged patriarch Richard Walker has died, leaving behind a country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His alienated family-bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna-have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone. Alice and Sandra, two long-dead and restless ghosts, linger within the house''s claustrophobic walls, bound eternally to its physical structure. Jostling for space and memory, 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 lightbulb.

The living and dead are haunted by painful truths that 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,Roomsis an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

About the Author

Lauren Oliver is the author of the young adult novelsBefore I FallandPanic, as well as the Delirium trilogy-Delirium,Pandemonium, andRequiem-which have been translated into more than thirty languages and areNew York Timesand international bestsellers. She is also the author of two novels for middle-grade readers,The SpindlersandLiesl & Po, the latter of which was an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award nominee. A graduate of the University of Chicago and New York University''s MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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