Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe book review


Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Jayla Walters isn’t sure what to expect when her father’s job uproots her and her brother, Dion, to Estes Park, Colorado. But right away, something doesn’t seem right with their hotel. Jayla soon discovers that their home for the week, room 217 of the Stanley Hotel, is the most haunted place in all of Colorado. Barely asleep the first night, Jayla watches a ghostly woman walk toward her bed. And the ghost visits her room every night. What does the ghost want? And what happens when Jayla and Dion get in her way? Every state has its own spine-tingling stories of ghosts and mysterious hauntings grounded in its regional history. The Haunted States of America series uses real-life ghost lore as jumping off points to new, chilling tales. But beware: sometimes real life is stranger than fiction.


This was quite a fun little novel! While this book is intended for a younger audience, I found myself REALLY liking it. The acknowledgement by the author at the end was intriguing as the author described their stay in Room 217!

The story moves a good pace and I feel that a younger audience will definitely stay interested and that it will hold their attention. The story is well written and the characters are fun to read as well. Jayla and her brother Dion, have a great family dynamic and are realistically written. This book is a fun spine tingling read that one can NOT put down. I definitely loved it being set in the Stanley Hotel as it is a real haunt! Super cool way to introduce younger audiences to real places with out it being too scary for them but just enough to make this book a one click read. 4 stars from me!

Middle Grade
Paperback, 136 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2018

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