Release Date: 28th July 2016
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Sixteen-year-old Anna receives a letter from her father’s girlfriend telling her he has died and asking to meet. Anna is drawn to Edie: her warmth, her character, her ability to rustle up delicious meals, all of which her own mother is seemingly incapable of… and the way she can tell Edie the secret that is buried inside her.
A tautly told, compelling tale about mothers and daughters and the lengths that some will go to, to make their dreams come true.
Here was my initial review on goodreads:
I love Jess Vallance’s writing and if you haven’t read her first book, Birdy, you should definitely get on that ASAP. Check out my review of Birdy here.
Firstly, this book is only 263 pages long, which is really short and won’t take you long to read. So, because this book is so short, I didn’t mind how slow it was to begin with because you know it won’t be too many pages until the action kicks in.
Anna is our main character, who I felt majorly sorry for at times because she seems to have no one to turn to or talk to. It’s like she can’t be open with her friends because they’ll take the mick out of her and don’t get me started on her mother! Her mother is like a vacant vessel who pushes the blame onto Anna for no reason whatsoever. She is overworked and obsessed and does not even look after Anna’s basic needs such as eating, emotional wellbeing and she really just doesn’t care.
This is why it is so easy for Edie to make a big impact on Anna. Edie is so kind, caring and considerate that she is easily my favourite character in this book. She mothers Anna and really takes a shine to her, even if she reminds her of a sad time in her life.
That leads me onto the plot of The Yellow Room. Anna receives a letter informing her that her father has died. Her father left her and her mother when she was very young so Anna remembers small parts about him but not enough to mourn him. She’s surprised by the letter from her father’s partner, Edie, who wants to meet her and a little wary of what to expect. This part of the book happens considerably fast and so you’re then left waiting for something to happen and wondering what the yellow room has to do with, well…anything!
Believe me, you won’t find out anything about the yellow room until about three quarters of the way in, so don’t hold your breath. Also, don’t let this put you off because it is genuinely a short and satisfying book.
Again, I need to mention how good Jess Vallance’s writing is. She crafts a story so well and then twists it on you like a knife and you’re left stunned and disbelieving. She is a must-read author and let’s face it just over 200 pages isn’t gonna take you long to read.
Overall, I would recommend anything by Jess Vallance because she is amayyyy and The Yellow Room is a lovely but twisted read.