Room is a dark suburban horror story, from the perspective of an innocent child. Through Jack's eyes, the whole world is Room – there is no other existence he has ever known bar himself, Ma and their few meagre possessions. And the man that comes at night... when Jack turns fife, Ma admits that there is a world outside Room, and sets in motion a chain of events that will either save or ruin them forever.
It's hard to review this book without giving it all away – so much of the story hangs on what the reader gradually understands, applying our own knowledge and experience to Jack's world. This story is about the extremities of a parent's love and the false safety of the worlds we create for those we care for most. It's about hope through cruelty, and the heartbreaking realisation that life can sometimes be too much for all of us. Donoghue's voice, as five-year-old Jack, is simple and event-focussed, moving steadily forward and including plenty of dialogue.
This book is a gift for the curious, requiring a long uninterrupted afternoon. Read it with your full attention - when you put it down you'll never look at four walls the same way again.