Book review: ROOM by Emma Donoghue

I read this novel some time ago and was completely in awe of it. Once again, the language and plot made it difficult to put the book down.

5 year old Jack and his Ma live in an enclosed single room, alone. Old Nick is their deluded and abusive captor. Room only contains basic kitchen appliances, a bed, toilet, bath and wardrobe. To Jack, he knows nothing beyond the walls of the room, believing everything outside to just be TV. Old Nick visits every evening, mainly to visit Ma for the night, while Jack remains in Wardrobe. Ma’s determination, patience and perseverance is admiring. The strength of the mother and son relationship drives Ma to do what’s ultimately best for both her and Jack…

Jack is inspired from Donoghue’s children, making his character all the more special. As the narration is from Jack, an interesting perspective is given to such a macabre situation. All in all, this novel will certainly make you laugh and probably cry! (You’ll need many tissues!)

Rating: 4/5


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