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A Thousand Rooms

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  45 reviews
You don't wake up expecting to die...

Katie is thirty-two, single, and used to work in advertising. She's also dead. A lost soul hitching rides with the dying, trying to find her way to... wherever she's supposed to be.

And whoever she's supposed to be with.

Heaven, it seems, has a thousand rooms. What will it take to find hers?
Paperback, 226 pages
Published October 20th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
A Thousand Rooms by Helen Jones begins with the end – the end of Katie’s life. When Katie accidentally steps off a curb while checking her text messages, she is hit by a car and killed. When she awakes, she finds her old body lying on the ground and her separated body and soul still dressed to kill …. or be killed, in her new, expensive and adorable red shoes. However, she seems to be stuck somewhere in oblivion, between this life and the next. Katie finds she can still wander around the city of ...more
D. Peach
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Keep a box of tissues at your elbow for this one! A Thousand Rooms had me red-eyed and snuffling. This is a character-driven book with a simple plot: Katie, newly dead and unfortunately overlooked in her transition from life, goes on a quest to find "her heaven" and travels through a series of manifestations (rooms) before she finds her own. Jones draws on a variety of mystical traditions and beliefs to design the experience of being dead and the concepts of heaven, soul mates, and reincarnation ...more
Fay Keenan
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Katie is bumbling along nicely, thank you very much. She has a decent job, a nice flat, and, even if her love life leaves a bit to be desired, she’s hopeful things will start looking up soon. Until a badly timed text message and one wrong step off the pavement puts an end to it all. Literally. In one of those so-random-it’s-exquisite twists of fate, Katie gets hit by a car, and her life, as she knows it, comes to an end.

Her afterlife, though, is only just beginning.

A Thousand Rooms is a tragic,
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-s
I absolutely loved everything about this book! A Thousand Rooms by Helen Jones is the most creative and original book I have read in such a long time. I really hope they make a movie but a large part of me feels that they wouldn't get it right. Luckily, Ms. Jones is such a skillful writer that the story plays out in your mind as you read it.

While I have never actually been to Sydney, I felt I was there due to the wonderful descriptions. Likewise, I haven't been to Valhalla or any of the other r
Lucy Mitchell
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have savoured every last word of this intense and powerful book!

Oh my goodness it’s one of my ‘good emotional reads of 2019’ and a difficult one to forget in a hurry.

I have so many thoughts running through my mind. Don’t think I will sleep. This is one of those books where all you want to do is think for days after.

I need to put this on my blog so will come back and leave.a review.

One word - brilliant!
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
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Okay so first things first this review will probably have more spoilers then I am intending as I have found it really hard to write this review without including any so be warned.

The story didn’t start of exactly how I imagined, yes Katie was dead pretty much straight away but I didn’t really expect her to hang around much after that, from the title I kind of assumed she would be catapulted on to the next life where she would have to spe
Anne Wolfe
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A big thank you to Helen Jones and NetGalley for this book. It was so enjoyable and thought-provoking.

Most people wonder what happens after we die. Surely no one knows since no one has ever returned to tell us. Does everything end in a dreamless sleep or is there something to the theory that energy is never lost, only recycled. Helen Jones presents an interesting take.

Katie does not know that she has just been killed by a car as she stepped off a curb while trying to read a text. It's only when
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Helen Jones has crafted an imaginative page-turner - I could hardly put down A Thousand Rooms. I don't often read fantasy books, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book. But the premise was enticing, and the story delivered. With warmth and imagination, Jones tells the story of the afterlife of Katie, a thirtysomething young professional in Sydney who passed away in a traffic accident. Grappling with her demise in a Purgatory-like state, Katie tries to understand moments in her life ...more
Jennifer Olivas
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I read the description of this book, I wasn't sure if I would like it or not. Well, it turns out that I loved this book. Once I started, I couldn't put it down. I was hungry to find out what Katie was going to experience next, and if she would ever make it to heaven. I loved all of the characters that she came in contact with. I was ecstatic when she found Jason. It was at that point that she started getting some of the answers to all of her questions. She had to learn some important things ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Hidden Gems is exchange for an honest review.

I don't want to give anything away, so I will keep this brief. I enjoyed Katie's story of how she found her own heaven. There were, admittedly, a few tears shed on my part during various sections of the book. I grew to like Katie and was rooting for her!

This is not a deep, philosophical book, but it offers some insight into death and what could happen. I enjoyed the trips through different eternities.

Why did I deduct a star?
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A big thank you to Helen Jones and NetGalley for this book. It was a very memorable and intriguing book. It is a story about a young woman, Katie who dies after being hit by a car and finds herself watching the accident scene and then wandering around her old life trying to figure out what's next. There is no one there to help her to accompany her way through heaven, there isn't any bright shiny light to walk into, no guardian angel to explain heaven. Katie is forced to drift about the earth alo ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read a few books where the character has died and finds herself/himself in a sort of purgatory or in Heaven. While I did enjoy reading most of those books, I felt that something was lacking. So when I saw that A Thousand Rooms was available to read on NetGalley (which means I didn’t have to request it), I jumped on it. Mainly because I was curious about how A Thousand Rooms would be and I needed a break from the usual genre’s that I have read.

I thought the plotline was a very original one
Karen Germain
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and author Helen Jones for providing me with a copy of A Thousand Rooms in exchange for an honest review.

PLOT- Katie has just died and she finds herself at the scene of her death without anyone to greet her or further instructions. When she thinks of something, such as the store where she purchased the snazzy new red heels that she was wearing when a car hit her, she is transported to that place. Katie begins to get the hang of transporting herself and travels to see her f
Katherine Sunderland
In A Thousand Rooms the main character, Katie, aged 32, finds herself watching her own death one morning and is then trapped, wandering around in the truest sense of a lost soul, trying to find her way to wherever it is she is supposed to be.

"You don't wake up expecting to die."

Especially not in your brand new shoes that are now ruined! Katie's narrative voice is informal, colloquial and reads as if you are in a long conversation with a good friend. There is plenty of humour, frustration, disbe
Lois R. Gross
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This book from Down Under is derivative, at worst, but readable at its best. Katie is texting while walking on her way to work when she is hit by a car and killed. This is an unexpected death, a death ahead of its time, and Katie cannot find her way to heaven so spends uncalculated time wandering to her old "haunts" (sic) and following dead people of different ethnicities and traditions to their heavens never finding the right place for herself.

There are elements of the movie "Bedazzled" (Katie
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was ok

This is a book I picked up because I wanted to try something new.

Right from the first pages I could tell that the main character Katie had quite a dry sense of humour. She seemed objective, fierce and mostly knew how to keep her shit together. But no one expects to wake up dead. And now she needed to figure out what that meant and what she should be doing, while dealing with all the new things she can (and can no longer) do.

This premise was quite interesti
Harriett Hendry
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review. What an interesting topic to write about. I've never read anything quite like this story and found it intriguing. I thought the author did a great job in portraying the different beliefs of what happens after death. I would describe the beginning as quirky. Katie was full of zest and emotion going through her death experience. As the plot progressed, the quirkiness seemed to be replaced by a more serious a ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Katie has died! And she doesn't know what to do. She drifts from place to place and time to time, trying to find out how to get to where she should be now. Seeing her friends and family grieving for her is so difficult, as she feels guilty for dying so inconsiderately!

Katie has to find her own way after her death. It seems to take forever for her to find out how to get to heaven, but she has to do it the right way. She gets thrown out of one or two places that she thinks are heaven on her way to
Lady Elizabeth
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is told from the main character, Katie's point of view and in the first person. It's not a common thing for me to see books written in this POV but I have to say it gave the story a sense of closeness to the character and relatability that couldn't have been achieved any other way.

Katie as a character was well fleshed out and even her reactions felt realistic in every way I look at them. You don't suddenly wake up and realize you're dead but everything is fine, right? *laugh*

I loved th
Fran Clark
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a well written, at times humorous and at times thought provoking novel. But I have to say straight off that overall it wasn't really for me, promising a lot with a lovely opening but letting me down as I got further in. I just found the storytelling didn't grab me enough as I went along.

I won't say too much about the plot as I don't want to give away any surprises, and you will find these in A Thousand Rooms so I do think it's worth a read.

What seemed like an amazing plotline fell a bit
Allie Potts
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a rare book that makes me care about the characters before the end of the first act.

This book had me crying before I'd even read ten percent. Repeatedly.

I had to put it down more than once in order to not alarm my family.

What begins as a tale about a woman dealing with her own post-existence, turns into a story about society's different takes on the word Heaven, how we cope with loss, and the different form love takes.

What I found most intriguing was the idea that a soul could be stuck w
Kristen Pham
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a lover of truly original fantasy, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author explores the afterlife with the premise that there is a customized heaven for everyone. For Katie, a recently deceased woman with a penchant for wry humor and nice shoes, finding that personal slice of paradise proves to be difficult. But ultimately worth it, as she finds that her heaven also includes her soul mate. Katie's development as a character is subtle and believable as she wanders through the afterlife, sea ...more
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I felt that for such a short book it dragged on a little. The first part of the book did not reveal a whole lot, but there was a little humor in there which I enjoyed. Once the main character, Katie, figured out where she belonged, the book became a little more meaningful and had some good points to reflect on in our own lives. I think my favorite food for thought quote was "That I’m on a wheel, that I have to let it take me where I’m meant to go, not fight it or force it to be what I think it m ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful read for anyone that has ever wondered about Heaven. It's the story of Katie who dies suddenly after being struck by a car. Katie is lost because she has no one meeting her after her death and has to try and figure out where she is meant to go.

Katie travels to various types of Heaven by hitching a ride with various other people that had passed. Some were positive outcomes and some were not so positive. Katie gets an opportunity to experience some wonderful things trying to fi
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! Haven't we all wondered what happens when our time on earth end?
Helen Jones took the plunge thru a character named Katie who dies suddenly and quite by accident.
Obviously, Nobody was expecting her,which causes some problems for Katie as she attempts to find Heaven.
Heaven isn't about one big cloud we all sit on, but finding peace and complete happiness and forgiveness in those we have left behind.
Katie- after visiting so many rooms in Heaven that she does not belong in, finds her room and
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a really lovely read - an easy page turner about what is usually a really difficult subject. Death.

The story starts as we meet Katie just as Katie is killed crossing the road.... confused and alone, Katie doesnt know what to do.

The book follows Katie as she comes to terms with her own death, says goodbye to her old life and finds her place in 'heaven'. However Katies journey isnt easy and Jones weaves afterlife stories from many cultures and ages to emphasise that heaven means something
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
What if you died, and there was nobody around to meet you? How would you know where to go or what to do? This is exactly what happened to Katie; she died unexpectedly, and now she is wandering around her neighborhood in the new red shoes she was wearing when she died. Think Bridget Jones in the afterlife. I found the first half of this book to be creative and light-hearted, but the second half changed into a romance novel. I give the first half four stars, and the second half three stars.
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got this from NetGalley. Katie is dead. She is hit by a car and finds herself watching the accident scene and then wandering around her old life trying to figure out what's next. She tries to figure out how to get to Heaven but realizes that there are many different versions of Heaven and she has to find hers. (It reminded me a bit of The Lovely Bones without the murder.) It was a really quick read, and I enjoyed it. It was just a nice book. ...more
Sue Fernandez
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to Net Galley and Helen Jones for an e-ARC of this title. The author gives us something to think about when the main character, Katie, is killed as she steps off a curb. There are some funny parts and some touching parts...can our loved ones feel us, where do we go...what's "next." I've often thought that living a good life is what matters...and this book made me think about this.
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Helen Glynn Jones is a prize-winning author of six novels, writing for middle-grade, young adult and adult audiences. She's been published in magazines and anthologies, written for the Writers & Artists website and The Guardian, and created regular content for a variety of businesses and publications in Australia and the UK.

Born in the UK, Helen has since lived in both Australia and Canada. A few

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