The "New York Times" bestselling author of "Before I Fall" and the Delirium trilogy makes her brilliant adult debut with this mesmerizing story in the tradition of "The Lovely Bones," "Her Fearful Symmetry," and "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" 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 Minna have arrived for their inheritance.
But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.
The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide with cataclysmic results.
Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, "Rooms" is an enticing and imaginative ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.
About the Author
Lauren Oliver is the author of the YA novels Before I Fall and Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages and are New York Times and international bestselling novels. She is also the author of two novels for middle grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was a 2012 E. B. White Read Aloud Award nominee. Lauren's novel Panic has been optioned for film by Universal Studios. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver is also the cofounder of the boutique literary development company Paper Lantern Lit.
BARBARA CARUSO is an American graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She enjoys a rich acting career which has included Broadway, off Broadway, and many theaters across the country. On those stages she has performed in plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Williams, O Neil, and Neil Simon, to name but a few.
Spoken word audio is an important part of that career. Her countless recordings include the works of Edith Wharton, Margaret Atwood, Maeve Binchy, Louisa May Alcott, Willa Cather, and children s classics. "AudioFile "magazine has chosen her one of their Voices of the Century. She s won numerous Earphones Awards, including for her narration of "The Year of Magical Thinking" (an Audie(r) Award finalist) and "The House of Scorta", both published by HighBridge. She is the recipient of the Alexander Scourby Award, presented by the American Foundation for the Blind.
Orlagh Cassidy is a graduate of SUNY at Purchase and a recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation Scholarship. She has been seen on and off Broadway and in films, including Definitely Maybe and Calling It Quits. Her television credits include Law & Order, Sex and the City, and her decade-long role of Doris Wolfe on Guiding Light. She has done voice work for commercials and is probably best known for her role as the mom in the "BFF Jill" spots for AT&T.