Rooms (Hardcover)

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When Richard Walker, the family patriarch, dies, the family comes to collect the inheritance and take care of the emptying of the house - a house that is most definitely haunted. Sandra and Alice are the two bickering ghosts that have long inhabited the house. The book alternates between the two ghosts and the family members with lots of comments from the ghosts, whom I found quite entertaining. The ghosts make themselves known to the family through the hiss of the radiator, a dimming of a light bulb. Then, a third ghost of a young girl appears out of nowhere. Who is she? Why did she come to this particular house? The ghosts and the family are both haunted by secrets that soon begin to surface and then the spirit and human worlds collide to an explosive ending. Rooms is not particularly scary as ghost stories go. Instead, it is a story of regrets and maybe one last chance to make amends." Limited quantities of signed first editions (tipped-ins) available.

— Sally

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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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062223197
ISBN-10: 0062223194
Publisher: Ecco Press
Publication Date: September 23rd, 2014
Pages: 303
Language: English