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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Jessie Marshall and her friends – Micah, Caleb, and Patrick – are college students who need a break from their campus life. They decide to have a fun weekend at the Primm Resort Hotel & Casino in Primm, Nevada. Jessie and Micah stay in Room 629, which eventually turns out to be more than an ordinary hotel room. They could see a strange neighborhood from their window, which is gone from their view the next morning. Then they witness a young woman standing in the middle of the casino, screaming and bloodied. It is the summer before Jessie’s twenty-third birthday, and life is about to change for all of them.
Room 629 by Vicki-Ann Bush is a sci-fi mystery with drama, suspense and adventure. The story starts slowly with the introduction of the characters, their background stories, and their life on campus. That said, it’s a good set up in getting to know Jessie, Micah, Caleb, and Patrick, and including Jessie’s boyfriend Gideon. The story pace starts to pick nicely afterward. The prose is clean and straightforward. The surroundings are well-described and easily imaginable. Bush has developed a solid and intriguing plot with some nice twists that will tease anyone’s curious mind. There’s also the connotation of hope and grit in the story that I like. There is some info that I feel could be easily left out of the narration, but this is just a minor dent in the storytelling. On the whole, Room 629 is a good mystery read. It is an adventure from the beginning until the end.