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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Healing Room is a work of fiction around social and emotional issues written by author Michaela James. Penned for young adult and adult audiences, the work does contain sensitive themes such as the termination of a pregnancy and some milder curse words. The conceptual background of the story surrounds the mysterious No Divide company, which claims to present peace and solace for those who have lost loved ones via The Healing Room. With the prospect of knowing that there is indeed a hereafter, our young protagonists Bronwyn and Mateo grow suspicious of No Divide’s motives and seek to investigate what’s really going on behind the scenes.
This was a really intriguing concept from the outlook and one which is sure to hook readers in and keep them invested as the mystery elements of the book unfold. Amid the set-up issues of grief and loss, there are also multi-genre elements going on in the plot such as romance, speculative fiction and plenty of interpersonal drama. I liked the switching points of view, which bring us closer to both central characters and allow author Michaela James to deliver some excellent character development in their thought and speech presentation. This makes for a compelling narrative with characters you can easily root for, and also gives a lot of food for thought when the conclusion of the mystery element is brought about. Overall, The Healing Room is a recommended read for fans of YA fiction looking for convincing teen drama and an interesting high concept mystery.