Book Review, Other, Thriller

REVIEW: Room by Emma Donoghue


Synopsis from

“To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.”


An emotional book that deals with a horrifying topic from a different point of view, Room is about a boy called Jack who was born in captivity and his view on the world. This book is about those Josef Fritzl and Ariel Castro style crimes where a woman is kidnapped and held captive for years but it is told from the point of view of a 5 year old who has never seen the world outside because his mother is a victim of this sort of crime. This makes Room an interesting and sometimes difficult read.

This book was a bit more contemporary than books I normally read and that caught me off guard when I started reading it, but I still enjoyed it and I thought the dark subject matter of the novel would make it worthy of a review on this blog.

The book focuses more on Jack and his mother’s escape and how they adjust to life outside of the room they have been kept in for years, or in Jack’s case his entire life. Room is amazing written and uses language a five year old would use. This works brilliantly because the narrator is clueless to the more dark and serious events going on around him but it is told in a way that makes it perfectly clear to an adult reader what is happening.

I would recommend the book for anyone 16+. There is some bad language used by adult characters and hinted scenes of sexual abuse, but it is hinted so it isn’t shown graphically. If you can handle books like A Child Called It you might be able to handle this one.


I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Even though this book turned out to be a little different from what I expected it was still a heart warming read that dealt with a lot of heavy subject matter. It was also brilliantly written. It is also extremely addictive so once you get started it is a pretty quick read.

As always feel free to follow me on GoodReads and if you have read Room let me know what you thought of it below, and I am always open to book suggestions.

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