This review is spoiler free.
“Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.”
Published: 2011, by Picador.
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Adult, Adult Fiction
Contains: Kidnapping, Death, Violence, Anger, Abuse, Child Abuse, Separation Anxiety, Suicide Attempt, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Anxiety, Depression
‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue tells the story of five-year-old Jack, who grew up in a single room that he shares with his Ma. Told from his point of view, Jack soon discovers the world outside of the room, when they escape the cruelty of Old Nick’s captivity, and explores the importance of a bond between a mother and son.
I was given this book as a recommendation, and managed to complete it within a few days; I just couldn’t put it down.
Jack’s language throughout the novel was what initially drew me in. Although, at times it wasn’t entirely believable for a five year old, yet that’s understandable as it’s an incredibly complex technique to use. However, it was presented beautifully all the same. Jack’s heartbreaking narrative drew the story onward, his confusion at times where the reader was capable of understanding Ma’s motives was brilliantly traumatic, whilst the overall terrifying situation continued to compel you to turn the page. With this effective technique, it tugs on your heart strings repeatedly, leading you to continue with the desperate hopes of a happy ending.
However, that in itself would have been understandably difficult to read. The ending itself provided closure, yet left me a little unfulfilled; it wasn’t expected, as the novel up to this point was gripping and fast paced, yet my soul appreciated it.
Overall, I loved this read. It was character driven, compelling and emotional. A highly deserved prize winner.