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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
The Room Above by author Laura Hergane is a work of literary fiction. Although a shortish read, it has the kind of gravity to it that feels much longer. The words read off the page like poetic prose and throughout most of the book have an almost hypnotic aura about them. One of the lines that was particularly poetic: “Poor man rids of his sorrow as he drives.” It’s a very visual image and one that sits with you after you’ve read it.
In the beginning, The Room Above was delightfully engaging, and it really pulled me in hook, line, and sinker. This is the story of Dara, a young eighteen-year-old girl who ventures into the unknown with only her own strategies and a few items to accompany her, away from a land that attempts to keep her oppressed. Who would not find that exciting? The middle of the book was not as engaging for me. It switched from its original point of view and while it was interesting, I couldn’t connect again with the original enthusiasm I had for the beginning of the story. That being said, it is still a very good read and many people across many different ages would get something quite wonderful out of this book.
The Room Above does have a handful of words that you may need to break out Google Search for, but it is understandable in much of its content. The ending does have some of the same kind of excitement that the story began with. It has a way of coming full circle and creates a well-crafted ending that will surprise the reader and put them off balance, and any book that can surprise me is one that is worth reading.