YA readers will be very familiar with the prolific and bestselling Ms. Oliver. Now she joins our adult list with a well-paced ghost story in which two ghosts inhabit the walls of an old house and steer the lives of one family. Both the living and dead are haunted by their choices in an inventive twist on the classic “haunted house” story that should appeal to both genre readers and the legion of YA crossover readers Oliver has cultivated. The media coverage should be great; the line-up kicks off with Seventeen, O, The Oprah Magazine and Cosmopolitan.
[This] assured adult debut skillfully weaves an innovative ghost story into a nuanced domestic drama….Oliver makes vivid use of both dead and living characters—all of whom are trapped in the past and striving toward a happier existence—to narrate her intricate, suspenseful story. The house’s breathing residents and ghosts alike find freedom, and the story culminates with an ending that arrives in dramatic and surprising ways.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A smoky and realistic ghost story that subverts cliché. …This satisfying novel will be enjoyed by Oliver’s fans and bring new ones to the fold.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“[A]s haunting as it is haunted.”
“With poetic prose, Oliver weaves a satisfying story arc for each character, and readers will be left with a feeling of peaceful acceptance.”
— Library Journal
“Although there are ghosts and hauntings, Rooms really isn’t a horror story but a nice mystery with a few great surprises. The ghosts living in the house are all there for a reason, and we discover each reason as the novel goes on, and they all make sense, so the story isn’t some crazy supernatural story about spirits and what lurks in the corners. Instead, it’s a look into our choices and how our choices sometimes trap us. I liked it quite a bit.”
— Bill Carl, The Booksellers at Fountain Square, Cincinnati, OH
Rooms (9780062223197) by Lauren Oliver. $25.99 hardcover. 9/23/14 one day laydown.