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A tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways

Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family—bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minn
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Ecco
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Will Byrnes
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: brooklyn, fantasy, fiction
We’ve nested in the walls like bacteria. We’ve taken over the house, its insulation and its plumbing--we’ve made it our own. Or maybe it’s life that is the infection: a feverish dream, a hallucination of feelings. Death is purification, a cleansing, a cure.
If death ever takes a holiday I expect he might vacation in Coral River, the upstate New York locale where Richard Walker lives…well…lived. Richard’s recent passing is what has brought the Walker family back together for a spell. A funera
Emily May
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, paranormal-uf
A few years back I read Oliver's debut novel - Before I Fall - and I was a mess of emotions. I thought the book was beautiful, moving and a completely realistic portrait of a teen girl's mind and journey to self-awareness. Since then, I have awaited every new release by Lauren Oliver, just hoping to be taken back to the places where that first book took me.

Delirium jumped on the dystopian bandwagon and failed to convince me with its whole "love is a disease" concept. Liesl & Po was a cute kid's
One of the scariest things to think of- is that someone is always watching you. Watching you in your most personal moments. Ghosts. Ghosts in your house. Ghosts invading your privacy. Your private moments as entertainment for the living is bad enough...but how about for the dead? That IS scary!!! It makes you want to know who lived there before you? Who can be peeking behind the curtain?? It's not always the living... The dead are right there too- watching....and judging...and waiting....waiting ...more
Wendy Darling
If you've read Liesl & Po, you know that a ghost story by Lauren Oliver is not going to be your typical horror fare. This is a slow, secretive book that intertwines the lives of the dead and the living, and yet its tone is, in turns, contemplative, chilling, and in the end, nearly unbearably sad. I've no doubt that some YA readers will struggle with this unusual story, and some will be frustrated with not having everything tied up neatly in a bow by the end. But if you appreciate well-crafted ad ...more
Aug 13, 2012 marked it as to-read
A new book from Lauren Oliver???
This is my reaction:



Ohhhh, Lauren LET ME LOVE YOU! *w*
You make me cry everytime!
I want this book, I need this book.
Kat (Lost in Neverland)


Richard Walker has passed away. His house, currently inhabited by two bickering ghosts, now belongs to his estranged family; alcoholic wife Caroline, sex-addict daughter Minna, and depressed, suicidal teenage son, Trenton.
Now that they're back in this home, old memories best forgotten begin to emerge, and we find out just what made these ghosts stay and how they can leave in peace.

This book had so much potential. An old house in which ghosts feel with its walls and furniture, long dead secret
Heidi The Reader
The patriarch of a family has recently died. The home he leaves behind is haunted and his family comes to divide up the remains of his earthly possessions.

Secrets are about to be revealed that concern both the living and the dead.

Rooms is part-mystery and part-family drama. My favorite characters were the ghosts and their interactions with each other.

"We expand into all five bedrooms. We hover in the light coming through the windows, with the dust; we spin, dizzy in the silence. We slide across
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I like ghosts stories, always have, and that helped me overlook some serious flaws in this book. This is the story of a family returning home after an estranged family member dies. They need to clear out the house (it's suggested that it's a bit hoarded, although this is an instance of tell-not-show), sell it and then never return to town again. They are each dealing with their own demons: alcoholism, sex addiction, and being a teenage boy. What they don't know is that there are two ghosts watch ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
I didn't love this, but it's a very unique - I'd even say peculiar - story with some candid personalities and buried secrets. And of course, Lauren's writing makes the storyline so intriguing that it compels you to read even if it's not blowing your mind. This review will be short, because the whole of this (also short) book is one haunting secret after another being unearthed into a story full of tragedy.

Brought together in this house by the death and upcoming burial of a husband and father, t
Nandakishore Mridula
People, Caroline thought, were like houses. They could open their doors. You could walk through their rooms and touch the objects hidden in their corners. But something - the structure, the wiring, the invisible mechanism that kept the whole thing standing - remained invisible, suggested only by the fact of its existing at all.
When Richard Walker died, he left behind a lifetime of accumulated wealth, estranged and horribly embittered alcoholic wife Caroline, nymphomaniac daughter Minna who
Diane S ☔
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 First offering in adult fiction for this YA author and it is a very unusual ghost story. Two adult ghosts are stuck in a house, they don't remember why, only bits and pieces of their death. It is a house that Caroline, Mina and Trenton along with Mina's young daughter are returning to after the death of their estranged father, and in the case of Caroline, her husband. All seem to have negative memories of Richard but they are there to do their duty, hear the will read, clean out the house an ...more
Jan 28, 2013 marked it as to-read

Shut up Peter, I do what I want! And I want to follow Lauren Oliver to the edges of the Earth, to the deepest, coldest, parts of Hell, and even into the next chapter of our lives. Adulthood.


You write, I follow blindfolded. Then take the blindfold off, but only to read the book.
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
I received a free ARC of this book through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

When I first read the synopsis of Rooms, it sort of reminded me of Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game – a rich man has died, leaving a collection of misfits and misanthropes to squabble over his fortune. Spoiler Alert: Rooms is nothing like The Westing Game.

My only previous experience with Lauren Oliver was her Delirium trilogy, which, for the most part, I found moderately enjoyable. Rooms is billed as her debut a
Melissa Chung
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 52-in-2018
My first review on this author. According to Lauren Oliver's website "Rooms" is the only adult book she has written. When I first picked up this book, I assumed it was a horror read. It is actually a paranormal, contemporary, family-drama. I listened to this book on audio with a full cast. They did an awesome job. The book is pretty slow, hardly any action. Giving it 4 stars.

"Rooms" is about a house in Coral River, in a small town, somewhere in the north east. I always assume Maine. Not sure if
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
If this was divided into two, smaller books, I'd prefer to read the one about Sandra & Alice & how they are haunting the Walker house because they're tethered to the earth with regret, because that book is engrossing & depressing as all hell. But the book about the real people; sexually compulsive Minna, mopey teenage Trenton, and their uber-alcoholic mother Caroline, just falls flat in comparison. ...more
Sierra Abrams
I'm such a Lauren Oliver junkie. ...more
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, dnf, audiobook
I feel like if you had given this same premise to another author, I would have loved this book. Absolutely loved it.
It's not that she did a terrible job, it's that she was trying so hard to get out of the Young Adult world that she threw herself into Adult Fic really sloppy.
All of her characters are not likeable at all. Caroline is an annoying alcoholic, Mina the sex addict, Trenton the horny whiny suicidal teen, Amy the 5 year old who really didn't need a POV, Alice who is whiny and annoying,
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't plan to read this book—I had seen so many reviews that ranged from lukewarm to flat-out negative that I wasn't sure it would be worth my time. But when I saw that I could get a copy from the library with no wait (something that rarely happens in the first month after a book's release, at least one written by an author as popular as Lauren Oliver), it seemed a shame not to give it a try. If nothing else, it would be something to pass the time while I'm waiting deep down on the hold lists ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: Allie Chickie
Sandra Wilkinson, born in the 1950s, and Alice Luddell, born at the turn of the 20th century — both long dead — occupy an old manor in Upstate New York. Once ghosts, they’ve so seeped into the house — or, conversely, the house has so percolated into them — that they have now transcended into something more.

Patriarch Richard Walker, always overly exacting and promiscuous, has died in the house in Coral River, N.Y., leading his entire family — his dipsomaniacal ex-wife Caroline, his snobby, near-n
CREEP FACTOR ... raised high in this book. Okay, I live in the south. South Georgia where plantations are still thriving (god, I want one) and the creepy scary ghost tales are still talked about to this day. With this said, I have lived on a documented haunted plantation grounds and really do believe my present house is haunted. So, I totally got the vibe this book was aiming for. Great book.
Maya Panika
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A haunted house. A ghost story told in seven voices: three of them dead, four still alive.

Richard Walker has recently died. His estranged family gather at what was once their home, to organise a funeral and hear his will read. There's Caroline, the mother, Richard's ex-wife, who still secretly loves her husband and has spent the years since their divorce, salving her grief with epic quantities of Vodka. Her twenty-eight year old daughter Minna is almost as damaged: a single mother to six year o
Noah Nichols
Squarely in the middle on this one. The ghosts who inhabit the home—along with their unique POVs and observations about the greedy family living among them—did make the book better throughout, but I didn't much care for the actual people and their secretive squabbles. However, there were some intriguing areas (and dialogue branches) that kept my attention. The ending is also nicely done. Still, I'm leaning on mostly being indifferent with this, hence why I'm relegating my rating to the tried-and ...more
Mollie Reads
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Major TW for suicide, suicide ideation, self-harm, and sexual abuse.

I really enjoyed this book, in both concept and writing style. Lauren Oliver depicts ghosts in such an interesting, unique way, and I was genuinely blown away by the quality of her writing. Seriously, I highlighted so many amazing quotes. She's come a long way since Delirium (which I also enjoyed).

I will say, there were parts of the books I didn't love, and I wanted to see more character growth. The characters in this book remi
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: the-great-escape
I had never heard of this book or author, but a member of one of my book clubs chose this as the monthly read. I love expanding my reading horizons in this way; it's like being given a present. This is a very unusual ghost story told from several viewpoints of both the living and dead. It's a quick, easy read and being a ghost sounds a great deal like being alive in this story. I had to chuckle a bit to myself that even ghosts irritate one another here just like your friends and family do when y ...more
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like books about dysfunctional families, they make me feel normal :). This one is told from the point of view of the ghosts who haunt the rooms of the family home. It was lighter than I thought it would be but enjoyable all the same. 3.5 stars
Joy (joyous reads)
Sep 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Wow. Talk about a snoozefest.
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, reviewed
Edit 11/12/14: I am over my guilt. I have now moved on to the acceptance stage. This is definitely a two star read.


I feel a deep feeling of guilt giving a Lauren Oliver book a three star rating, which is perhaps why I ducked out of reading the rest of Panic and just haven't finished it "yet".

​When starting this book I was very ​excited to read a work where she is able to discuss sex with more detail when not being constrained by the YA label of her other books. In this she delivered with th
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I love all of Lauren Oliver's other books, so I decided to pick up this book, despite my irrational fear of adult books. To be honest, this book isn't all that different that YA books. I read somewhere that the difference between YA and Adult books is just who it is written for and, yeah, this book was written for adults, but it's not all that different from YA. My point is that if you're worried about the fact that Lauren O
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
okay...this was a mess!

Apparently this is Lauren Oliver's only ADULT novel and it had way more immature dialogue than her YA books. I really liked Oliver's "Delirium trilogy" and I thought "Liesl & Po" was really cute! "Rooms" had so many things wrong with it. The characters were uninteresting except for Alice, (she's the reason for the 2 stars instead of 1). So yeah I just didn't enjoy this...
Apr 07, 2012 marked it as to-read
When I saw this I think my heart stopped. I LOVE LAUREN OLIVER AND CANT WAIT FOR THIS BOOK.
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Lauren Oliver is the cofounder of media and content development company Glasstown Entertainment, where she serves as the president of production. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica ...more

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