Room by Emma Donoghue

Published March 18, 2020

Room by Emma Donoghue

Book info

  • Title Room
  • Author Emma Donoghue
  • Year 2010
  • Genre Contemporary

Jack is five. He lives with his Ma. They live in a single, locked room. They don't have the key. Jack and Ma are prisoners.


I’d previously read half of this, which is annoying, because I’d never quite got to the bit where the mother and son duo escape from the room they are being held in. This book staggers me, partly because it’s such a well told story based on such an horrific crime, but also because it’s completely engaging despite being the scatty and unformed mind of a sheltered five-year-old.

On the flip side, that gives us a unique viewpoint, with some of the horrors of the story slightly shielded by the fact a child wouldn’t fully understand what was going on. And it’s so interesting to think about what would be confusing and new to you if you had been locked away for the first formative years of your life.

That if you only had five books and thought that was it, you’d be confused by a bookshop selling the same copies only newer, or the library copy of the same story but with different pictures. So interesting.

Rating: 4 / 5

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