Room Empty by Sarah Mussi

Review published on March 20, 2017.

I have been reading a lot of books about addiction recently. Some have been outstanding and some have unfortunately laboured the issues to an extent where there is little consideration of the addict themselves.

In this novel, we meet 17-year-old Dani, who is an anorexic. She is in the Daisy Bank Rehab Centre where we follow her through a lot of her therapy sessions. Dani’s view of therapists such as Judith is both revealing and amusing.

The two main characters in Dani’s life are the Alien, who is her alter ego trying to encourage her continued addiction, and fellow addict Fletcher, who befriends her.

As the truth is revealed as to why Dani has ended up in this position, a terrifying incident from her childhood is brought to the fore. As Fletcher helps Dani reveal the truth, both will grow stronger in their friendship and their connection with the real world beyond their addictions.

Sometimes the plot seems very rushed and unfortunately the e-book copy I read had numerous spelling mistakes. Both the title and the content seem to be a poor copy of the bestseller Room. I am not convinced many book clubs would enjoy this novel, but the two main characters can hold the reader’s attention.

Philipa Coughlan 3/3

Room Empty by Sarah Mussi
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