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Room 3 Paperback – November 5, 2012
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Born and raised in the rural Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Jonathan wrote his first fantasy/sci-fi novel at the age of 13. After studying writing and communication at James Madison University, Jonathan turned his passion for writing into a full-time technical writing career in the DC Metro area, working for companies like Sprint/Nextel, Time Warner Cable, and Sirius XM Radio, where he had an opportunity to combine his love of music with his love of writing. He may have drifted away from fiction at times, but it was always his first love – and he always returned to it. Now living in Bethesda with his wife, two cats, and two quirky guinea pigs for whom his publishing company is named, he crafts the kinds of stories that he had always hoped to read but just couldn’t quite find.
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Abducted in the middle of the night after getting out of work one day, Kelli finds herself in the middle of a nightmare from which she may never escape. She's imprisoned against her will with no suitable answers as to why she's been kidnapped in the first place. It's obvious that she has something her captors want, but she's not exactly sure as to what that is and how she can comply in order to give them what they seek.
Kelli's world is further turned upside-down as the shadowy organization relentlessly plugs her for information. They're intent on making her cooperate by any means necessary, hoping that she'll become a very willing participant in the long run. Unfortunately, they never counted on her resilience. She knows she needs to find a way out of her current predicament, even if it means she'll need to play their sordid game in order to do it.
As time passes and her sanity becomes questionable, Kelli begins to wonder if she'll ever see her beloved home and family ever again. She's not sure how much longer she'll be able to keep her captors at bay. Each day that goes by tugs more and more on her resolve. At times, she wonders if she'll be able to withstand the pain and exploitation they keep dishing out. As her fate and those she comes to care for hang in the balance, she becomes certain of one thing. No matter what happens, freedom will be achieved, even if it means that lives must be lost in order to obtain it.
This was such a mind-boggling and thrilling read. The twists and turns keep the reader guessing through every turn of the page. Full of mind-bending puzzles and wicked riddles, the story pulls the reader in as he/she tries to decipher the secrets behind Kelli's abduction. The more the reader discovers, the more the questions grow. By the time the end of the book is achieved, it's sure to leave the reader astounded in more ways than one. Beautifully crafted, it's a book that's definitely worth reading time and again. I enjoyed it immensely.
Please Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
As you read, there are multiple theories going through your head. Are these people real or imagined? Is her roommate her friend or her enemy? Is her potential love interest going to betray her? The trust nothing and no one philosophy I think was done too well and I never really believed what was going on long enough to be scared by any of the scenes. I honestly believed that Kelli was schizophrenic through reading the entire book and that she had a very sick imagination.
When the ending finally came, I was shocked. Totally did not expect that ending, but looking back it explained everything. Every doubt I ever had in the sincerity and plausibility of the story explained within a single scene. You won't guess the ending, but if you read this book, you'll be happy you stuck through it the entire way.
So -1 star for the frustrating puzzle. +4 for pulling off such a crazy concept.
(I received a free copy of Room 3 as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest review.)
This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.