Alright short first review for today!
Customary warning: This is a reminder that these are my personal opinions. My thoughts and feelings are not your thoughts and feelings. I may not always be the target audience for a book; sometimes I am. If I do not like a book, that doesn’t mean you’ll dislike it. If I love a book or simply like a book, you may hate it. Take everything I say with this knowledge. If it sounds interesting to you despite what I’ve said, then go ahead and read it. You’ll only know you like something if you read it yourself.
That being said… Spoilers ahead.
The Girl in Room by Mary Downin Hahn
Synopsis From The Book
A family moves into an old abandoned house. Jules’s parents love the house, but Jules is frightened and feels a sense of foreboding. When she sees a pale face in an upstairs window, though, she can’t stop wondering about the eerie presence on the top floor—in a room with a locked door. Could it be someone who lived in the house a century earlier? Her fear replaced by fascination, Jules is determined to make contact with the mysterious figure and help unlock the door. Past and present intersect as she and her ghostly friend discover—and change—the fate of the family who lived in the house all those many years ago.
Horror | C – PW |Murder, Abuse | Changing for the Better, Friendship
Initial Thoughts Before Reading:
First book to review for October. This is probably going to be a quick read, I would imagine. I did like Guest by this author, so I do except to like this one. It is not long. It is a horror story. Let’s do thisss.
Initial Thoughts After Reading:
Wow it was not so much scary as it was a ghost story. It was a cute and sad ghost story, but I did like it.
Lily has been trapped in the room for a very long time. She used to remember why, but then she forgot. Jules moves to a new town with her family. Her father restores old houses and he is set to reserve one from the 1700s, last lived in in 1889. The house is said to be hunted and Jules sees memories of a girl named Lily and a time long ago. Jules meets a girl named Maisie and they become friends and decide to investigate. Jules finds a key to Lily’s room, and learns more about her. When Maisie stays the night, they go to Lily’s and are almost killed by a memory, lock themselves in Lily’s room and meet Lily. They free Lily, who shows them her parents grave, and they convince Lily to change the story. The next night, Lily and the girls change the murder of her parents and save their life. The memories and Lily are able to pass on. Jules and her family continue to restore the mansion.
What I Liked:
Lily; She was such a poor child. I’m happy that she can get a happy ending in a different world.
Jules; This poor girl kept getting told off. But I’m happy that she was able to help Lily.
Maisie; This girl was such a good friend. I’m happy she was happy to be there for Jules.
Plot and fix; I liked the fact that the plot of the book was fixing Lily’s death and making a different universe where she survived. I really liked it.
What I Would Have Liked or Changed:
Parents; Specifically the mom listening to her. I understand that it was necessary for the plot, and a thing that parents do, but it was dismissive and it made me angry like it made Jules angry.