room by emma donoghue

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Room is told from the voice of five-year-old Jack. His mother was abducted and he is the child of her and her abductor. Jack and his mother are still trapped, and all he has known his whole life is the room they are in. His mother hasn't told him much about anything other than 'room', so he doesn't understand the concept of there being an outside world, and just has the television to keep his imagination running.

This novel was by far my favourite fiction read of 2016. I grabbed it from my local bookstore because I had heard about the movie and thought, 'why not?', started reading on the bus home, and could not stop until I finished.

The book is quite dark, uncomfortable and incredibly suspenseful, and despite being told from the perspective of a five-year-old, it holds the sophistication of an adult-fiction novel. The main characters, especially Jack, are very likeable, and the imagery swept me into their world for the few hours it took to read this book, which added to the reason why I couldn't put it down!

My advice -- read this before you see the movie. The book contains so much more detail than the movie, which is necessary for the character development and depth of the story. I honestly could not recommend this book more!

Reviewed by: @malireads
Sydney, Australia


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