Rooms by Lauren Oliver
A man has just died. His family gathers in his home to take care of his funeral arrangements and hear the reading of the will. Two curious onlookers are anxious to see the family they watched grow up for many years and lost track of when the heads of the household divorced. All three surviving family members, the matriarch, daughter and son are hot messes and the two onlookers are by turns intrigued and dismayed. Alice and Sandra are the observers, two ghosts trapped together in the family house. While they have never been able to really affect the physical world Alice is having some luck lately. Can the ghosts free themselves from the house? Who is that new voice they are hearing? What happened to Alice and Sandra to entrap them in these rooms?
The writing style is unique. Each chapter is told from a different point of view with most of the chapters being dedicated to the ghosts, both in flashbacks from when they were alive and in the present. The title of the book comes from the construction. Chapters are arranged into sections and each section is the name of a room in the house. The past and present of each room helps shape the storytelling.
I received a pre-publication of this novel when I met the author at an event. She seemed really cool, the book itself sounded neat when she talked about it, so I gave it a try! This book comes out on September 23rd so place your holds now!