The Red Room by M.S. Morris
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Expected publication: October 18th 2018 by Landmark Media
About the Book:
A trusting wife, a perfect husband… a buried secret. Jane likes the quiet life, living in a cottage on the edge of a small village in Yorkshire. Her husband works in London during the week and comes home at the weekends. Jane thinks she has the perfect life. The one traumatic event of her life is safely buried and forgotten – until a letter arrives that makes her question everything she thinks she knows. Should she risk destroying her idyllic life to find the truth?
Who is Victoria? Why has Adam hidden her existence? Why does Jane stay secluded in that little town? How come she shouldn't make friends ? AND WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED IN THAT RED ROOM!?
This started off quite well with a good plot line, however, as an avid reader of physiological thrillers I would have to say that this book was not at all riveting. The characters were one dimensional and very little insight is given about them so I felt you didn't really get to know or care about any of them. There is so little emotion displayed by any of the characters and this makes it difficult to engage with or care what happened to them. I also found the story a bit repetitive, but I think the purpose of that was to show how confused and naive Jane really was. I didn't like the ending as it wasn't at all believable and I kept wonder why Joe went to so much trouble to hide things.
Bottom line: I kept hoping it would get more exciting. Apart from wanting to know what had happened, I at no point felt desperate to keep reading. I also kind of guessed the ending (not entirely of course) and found the characters uninspiring. A disappointing and unexciting read.
Thank you NetGalley, Landmark Media and M.S. Morris for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.