Review: The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance

The Yellow RoomTitle: The Yellow Room

Author: Jess Vallance

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Hot Key Book

The Blurb

If you receive a letter telling you your father has died, what do you do?

Anna’s father left when she was very young and Anna, now 16, is living with her ambitious, unemotional, scientist mother. Then she receives a letter from her father’s current girlfriend, Edie, with some shocking news: her father has died.

Edie would like to meet Anna because she has something for her from her father. Anna’s friends think Edie is not to be trusted and that she should steer clear. But Anna is drawn to Edie: her warmth, her character, her ability to rustle up delicious meals, all of which it seems her own mother is seemingly incapable of… and the way she can tell Edie the secret that is buried inside her, that she cannot bring herself to tell her mother or her best friends.

A taughtly told, compelling tale about mothers and their daughters – and the lengths that some will go to, to make their dreams come true.

The Review

Bloody Hell. I know, weird way to start a review, right? But that was the overwhelming thought I had throughout The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance.

Let us start with a quick overview. The Yellow Room is a story about Anna. She is your regular teenager; she spends time with friends, goes to school and ignores her homework. Everything is pretty regular in her life…except that she has a secret. A dark secret that becomes all the more complicated with the arrival of Edie, Anna’s dead father’s ex-girlfriend. Complicated? Yes. Intriguing? Definitely. Worth a read? Oh. Hell. Yes!

The Yellow Room is a book that had me hooked from the very first chapter. It is a story that you can quite easily gobble in one sitting because Vallance has created a masterful thriller that keeps you guessing all the way through. It is disturbing and really does defy the conventions of traditional YA novels. Let’s just say it, The Yellow Room is brilliant.

The Yellow Room needs to be a staple book in every library and you need it on your bookshelf.

The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance is available from 28th July 2016.

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4 Stars

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