A Novel

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The New York Times bestselling author of Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of The Lovely Bones, Her Fearful Symmetry, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane--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.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

Publisher: New York :, Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, ©2014.
ISBN: 9780062223197
Branch Call Number: FICTION OLI
Characteristics: 303 pages ; 24 cm


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kirstd31 Nov 08, 2014

The viewpoints from all the different characters made the book fun to read. The book made me read till the last page. I had to find out what happened to the ghosts. Good book.

KateHillier Nov 06, 2014

Family drama on two plains. In the land of the living a shattered family returns to a house after a man dies to sort through his affairs and bury his remains on the property. There's nasty memories of divorce, womanzing, and various issues between all the family members. Meanwhile, on the ghostly side of things, two ghosts (women who died in this house) watch the proceedings, fight and bicker with each other, and then try to deal with the sudden appearance of a third ghost.

It's inventive and I was hooked for the first little bit but after a bit it just didn't have the same draw. I didn't really have much sympathy for much anyone. A little bit for some of the kids but aside from that it was a little too much soap opera for me.

lbarkema Oct 29, 2014

A very different and unique story, and as always I love the way in which Oliver writes and tells her stories. But, there was just something a little bit missing from the novel and I can't quite put my finger on it. It might be my lack of empathy for any of the characters, and I wasn't necessarily as engrossed in it as I hoped to be or as I have been in the past with her other novels or other books in general. Overall, a interesting story and I would still recommend it for something different.

Oct 28, 2014

"A chilling ghost story and much, much more." Rooms is definitely not your typical ghost story - it is more about the secrets that the characters, both living and dead, keep from each other.
It was hard to put this book down - I wanted to know what was keeping the ghosts tied to the house. The conversations and observations seen through the eyes of the ghosts were often funny and served as a commentary to what the human inhabitants of the house were doing.
We learnt things about the human characters through the ghosts that they wouldn't confess themselves. As for the secrets that the ghosts were keeping: "Everything comes up in the end."

Oct 09, 2014

A terrible disappointment. Not what I have come to expect from Lauren Oliver. Skip this one and read Before I Fall, instead. That one is excellent.

At the death of her ex-husband and father of her two children, Caroline and the kids return to their former family home to clean up the estate and read the will. They however are not the only ones stuck in this house with unresolved issues. The cast of characters includes several ghosts, community members past and present, and a runaway girl, who all, along with the house, play a part in bringing closure to both the living and the dead.
Will appeal to adults and older teens who enjoy supernatural but realistic family conflicts.

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