CBR III Review #64: Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
This book has been review by so many other CBR III participants I’m not sure if I will had much to add to the discussion. Five year old Jack lives in a place he calls “Room” with his Mother. The room is simply that a room. This room is a very small room where Jack and his mother live, and where a scary man named Old Nick comes and visits them every night. As the story progresses it becomes clear that his mother was kidnapped by Old Nick before Jack was born and Jack is the product of the repeated sexual assaults she has endured over the years. The entire novel is told from the perspective of Jack and at times I wish we could have gotten a few chapters from other narrators. I would have loved to read a chapter on the mother, maybe the cop, and of course the kidnapped daughter, but having the entire story narrated by a 5 year old child was an interesting way to approach the story in a unique way.
The novel reminded me a lot of the the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, which I assume the story was somewhat modeled on. I didn’t hate the novel and I didn’t love the novel. Overall Room was a quick read with a unique hook that was instantly captivating, but Room slows down in momentum the last quarter of the novel.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 503 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0316098337
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 13, 2010)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003YFIUW8
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars