Review – Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe

Posted October 11, 2022 by Carole in Reviews / 12 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review – Dark Room Etiquette by Robin RoeDark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe
Published by HarperTeen on October 11, 2022
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Thrillers & Suspense / General
Pages: 512
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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We Were Liars meets Room in this masterfully plotted psychological thriller from the critically acclaimed author of A List of Cages, Robin Roe.

Are you afraid of the dark?

Sixteen-year-old Sayers Wayte has everything—until he’s kidnapped by a man who takes it all away. A man who tells him that the privileged life he’s been living is based on a lie.

To survive, Sayers must forget the world he once knew and play the part his abductor has created for him. But as time goes by, the line between fact and fiction blurs, and Sayers begins to wonder if he can escape without losing himself entirely.

A dark journey with a poignant return to hope in its finale, Dark Room Etiquette matches edge-of-your-seat-suspense with lyrical, powerful writing to create an unforgettable tale of survival that will resonate with fans of Black Ice and Hatchet. 

I loved this book! When I pick up a book, I always hope for it to make me feel something. Well, this book made me feel so many things. There were times that the book made me uncomfortable because the scenes felt so real. This says a lot about the quality of the writing because I really felt like I was there watching these things happen and it was hard. I went into the book blindly, as I usually try to do, which I would recommend other readers try to do because I think that some events in the book will have a bigger impact if you don’t know they are coming. I am so glad that I picked up this book.

The characters in this book go through some very serious traumatic experiences. This is not a light read because the things that happen in this book are truly horrible. I thought that the author did a fantastic job of illustrating just how these characters might have reacted and dealt with the things that were out of their control. The characters change in various ways over the course of the story and I wanted more than anything to see them come out okay.

I would highly recommend this book to others. This was a powerful story that I will not soon forget. I went through a wide range of emotions while reading this book and found it impossible to put down. I actually ended up reading the bulk of the book during 4 hours period where I didn’t let the book leave my hands. The author definitely knows her stuff and I appreciated the author’s note at the end of the book. I will definitely plan to read more of this author’s work in the future.

I received a digital review copy of this book from HarperTeen.

12 responses to “Review – Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe

  1. What a fabulous review you have for this one here! Good to know to go into this one blindly! I do love books that make you feel so much more, it adds to the reading experience.

  2. I’m really excited to pick this one up. I loved Roe’s A List of Cages (even though it broke my heart). It’s one that stayed with me for a long time – and it sounds like this one will too.

  3. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long while & reached out to the author for an ARC – unfortunately I wasn’t able to get one 😭 I was able to do an interview with her, though. You can check that out if you want lol

  4. Roe definitely uses her professional knowledge to make her books feel realistic, and thus, can evoke strong feelings. Cages slayed me, and it sounds like this one would too.