Waiting on Wednesday - Rooms

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we post upcoming releases we're highly anticipating. My pre-publication selection for this week's Waiting on Wednesday is Rooms by Lauren Oliver.

Lauren Oliver
Series: Standalone
Released: September 23rd, 2014
Publisher: Ecco
Waited on by: Ellis

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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.

Truth is, I'm much more excited about Oliver's adult debut than any of her other projects. From Before I Fall (loved it) to the Delirium series (fathomable future, my ass) and now Panic (intrigued, but a little nervous), my feelings about her novels are kind of all over the place.

However, Lauren Oliver works best for me when she gives a magical realism twist to her stories. Apparently this story is told by the ghosts living in the walls, which sounds freaking awesome, and these people sound like they can't stand each other at all, which basically is a recipe for hilaritude.

Je suis excite.


  1. I love Lauren Oliver, and I'm kind of looking forward to this too, although a bit nervous since it's an adult book and it probably won't be the same style as her YA stuff. But I'm crossing my fingers!
    Great pick :D

    My WoW


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