Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Book Review: The Waiting Room

Martin Stride is a retired rock star, enjoying the quiet life with his young family on their beautiful estate. On the edge of his grounds lies a derelict Edwardian railway station waiting room once used to transport troops in The Great War. Silent for many years, it has become a playground for Martin's children but now they won't go near it.

Strange occurrences in the waiting room lead Martin to seek the help of TV's favourite ghost-hunter Julian Creed. But Creed's psychic ability is a fabrication to gain viewers. He doesn't believe in the paranormal. Until he spends a night in The Waiting Room.

I have a strange obsession for things that go bump in the night. Over the years I've visited local places that are supposedly haunted, told ghost stories around the campfire with friends, and glued myself to the TV every Wednesday night to catch the latest episode of GhostHunters. Do I believe in ghosts? On that front I'm still undecided, but there is one thing I do know....and that's that F.G. Cottam knows how to tell one hell of a good ghost story! The Waiting Room fulfilled every one of my ghostly desires while still providing a solid story and a great set of characters!

One of the things that surprised me most about this book was the quality of the writing. Cottam's prose is not only beautiful but full of adrenaline! Putting this book down was nearly impossible at times!  Readers will find it difficult not to fall in love with the characters that he creates, especially TV ghost hunter Julian Creed. Despite his list of flaws, Creed's charisma is hard to resist! 

The only thing that somewhat frustrated me about this book was the ending. While I enjoy novels that try to stray a bit from the typical "happily ever after," I found myself a little unsatisfied with the way things turn out for some of the characters. After connecting so well to Creed, Stride, and Elena I wanted the loose strings tied up happily in the end! Putting my emotional attachment aside, however, I can see how the ending that Cottam chose was necessary to the overall plot. 

Overall The Waiting Room is a superb book that will thrill and delight readers who are looking for a good ghost story. For those of you who aren't typically fans of horror or ghost tales, I think you should still give The Waiting Room a try. For the most part it read more like a suspense or mystery novel than anything else. F.G. Cottam has certainly got me hooked and I can't wait to find out what he's writing next! 

Rating: 4.5 Stars


Chelsey said...

I love this review! F.G. Cottam has tons of books and I have a few on my shelf too. Sadly, of all the covers, this one got jipped a bit. His other ones are stunning and quite scary! Let me know if you ever want to borrow =).

Love how you delve into all the mystery and suspense. I totally want to pick up some of his work now!

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I love ghost stories and haven't read a good one in awhile! This sounds interesting, and I'm interested to see how Cottam strays away from that "happily ever after" ending.

Ikhlas said...

Great review, Natalie! I haven't heard of this one before, and am eager to get out of this YA funk I've been in for awhile, so this sounds like a good bet!

Can't wait to share my thoughts :)

Jenny said...

I'm all for a good ghost story. I've only ever read one book that scared me, though. I don't get scared very often. Maybe this one will change all that. ;)

Natalie said...

Chelsey: Ohh! I'll have to ask you for a recommendation for what book to read by him next!

Andrea: I love a good ghost story too! You should definitely check this one out!

Ikhlas: I'd love to hear your thoughts on The Waiting Room! That's what I love about blogging the most! Hearing what your friends think about books that you've also read!

Jenny: I don't get scared very often by horror novels either. I found this one eerie largely because Cottam does a good job of shrouding the ghost in mystery for a while before it makes itself entirely known.

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