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Rooms by Lauren Oliver

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A fast-moving mystery with each character telling their side of the story per chapter. Some may well be unreliable narrators! We even get the ghost’s perspective which is enlightening but this is not really a ghost story as such, more a tale of drama, of sadness and of lost souls. It revolves round a very dysfunctional family; bitter and twisted alcoholic ex-wife, 29-year old Minna and her 6-year old daughter, a 17-year old boy, full of angst and spots, and a mysterious woman whom the deceased father/husband leaves a fortune to. All very intriguing. The author has written for teenagers and this is her first adult novel. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Rooms by Lauren Oliver

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.

About the Author

Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her achingly beautiful first novel, BEFORE I FALL. She followed that up with DELIRIUM and then PANDEMONIUM - the first two books in her compellingly addictive trilogy. She is also the author of two novels for young readers, LIESL & PO and THE SPINDLERS, delightful, scary and magical novels that are certain to become modern classics of children's writing. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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27th August 2015


Lauren Oliver

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Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


352 pages


Literary Fiction
Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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