2015 Reading Challenge, Book 29: Room by Emma Donoghue

If you’ve seen the trailer for the upcoming film, you’ll know the subject here is a sensitive one. A woman snatched off the streets and held prisoner for nefarious reasons, who ends up giving birth to a boy called Jack and raising him in a tiny room. We join them as Jack reaches his fifth birthday. Five years in Room, and ma wants to escape.

Handled beautifully, written from Jack’s perspective, this novel delves into a subject few wish to face with warmth, compassion and searing honesty. It feels authentic. Everything from the reality of their prison, to Jack’s breathtakingly narrow escape, to his ma’s gradual breakdown when she finally gains her freedom after so many years of entrapment and trauma.

A wonderfully realised novel I would highly recommend that never shies from its subject whilst treating it’s characters, Jack and ma, with great dignity.

You can buy this novel in the UK here

And in the US here


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