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When Richard Beckett quits his job to travel the world, he soon learns that he is a magnet for trouble. His attraction to the unearthly beauty of a young married woman leads him to a cursed room in a haunted inn. Can the headlines about mysterious disappearances be explained rationally, or will Richard become the latest victim of The Vanishing Room?
Psychological Horror can mean different things to different people. To me, it means something like the first SAW movie. It affected me on a mental level. It wasn’t gory or graphic, but still mind affecting. Another movie that I found that way is House on Haunted Hill. The original, not the remake. It messes with your head. While a bit more gory but still messes with your head is 13 ghosts. Which to be honest is one of my favorite movies.
So when S.M. Fenton emailed us asking if we would be interested in reviewing The Vanishing Room, they called it a Psychological horror. It held up to that in my mind.
The story starts off with a young man who inherits money from a distant relative. Being in England with the relative in New Zealand, he can’t believe his luck. Being young and naive he decides that he is going to travel the world, starting by traveling east and just keep traveling that way until the entire world has been transversed.
It didn’t take long for the naivety to be his downfall. Really only took about two countries before those who had ill intentions began to fixate on him and more importantly his money.
The rest of the book is more about his naivety and the complexity that thieves will go to to separate him from his money.
This is a good story, it was a bit rough to start just because I was not prepared for the writing style. The writing style is more flowery than I normally read. So at the beginning it was almost tedious to get through, however as I kept reading my brain transitioned towards that type of writing more and the story went faster.
I was not prepared for the ending, but I can say that the second half of the book was a lot better for me than the first half. Honestly I wanted to throw the main character into the trash, his naivety just killed me. Like seriously dude, you don’t realize what is going on?
One thing that I not only took away from this story, but have already told people about is a comment made early in the book. So to set the stage the main character had just arrived at a hotel and he was laminating about how 5 star hotel rooms look and how you are almost afraid to eat chips in bed because you don’t want to spill anything on all the white. White carpets, white curtains, white bedspreads. So he made the realization that if one was to continue to travel, as he was planning on doing, that you get 1st class for travel, be it bus, train, or plane. Beyond that though you don’t spend the money for the high end rooms, because you won’t enjoy them the same way that you would enjoy let say, a 3 star hotel room.
That made me think about the hotels that I have stayed in during my life. I have never stayed at a 5 star, super expensive hotel room, and I don’t think that I would. I mean even when I traveled to Dubai I didn’t stay in the most expensive room. Part of it is probably because I am cheap. Few spend all of your time in their room. Why then spend the money on it?
So initially the writing wasn’t initially my style. The story still sucked me in and pushed me to read the rest of the book. I am glad that I did, if I hadn’t then I would never have read the more horror parts.
All in all it is a solid book that I think a lot of people will like. This is more House on Haunted Hill versus Saw.