Review & Event Invitation: Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe

Crushed on by Christy Jane, on October 12, 2022, in New Releases, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review & Event Invitation: Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe

I was introduced to Robin before her debut released and was instantly intrigued by her stories. A List of Cages was a favorite of mine in 2017. I found it to be one of the best books about the realities and intricacies of child abuse. Robin brings heart to her stories and clearly cares about the message she is sending. Both of Robin’s books have 4+ star ratings on review platforms, attesting to her powerful her words are. Check out why I won’t stop thinking about Dark Room Etiquette any time soon!

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Review & Event Invitation: Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe

Dark Room Etiquette

by Robin Roe
Published by: HarperTeen
on October 11, 2022
Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 512

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.


Haunting. Brave. Unflinching. Unputdownable. Just a few words to describe Dark Room Etiquette, though it’s best experienced rather than a review that hardly comes close to the story itself.

Haunting. Robin’s stories are compelling because they’re our worst nightmares. They’re reality in a fictional environment, but they bring real feelings of fear, despair, and outright terror.

Brave. Dark Room Etiquette traverses places we don’t often see in YA. And its main character, Sayers, has to tap into parts of himself to navigate an awful experience that few of us can truly imagine.

Unflinching. The description of this book gives it to you straight: Sayers is in an untenable situation with a dangerous person and it’s up to him alone to survive. It won’t be easy and it won’t be fun and, reader, it’s going to hurt.

Unputdownable. Just read that first chapter and tell me you’re able to put Sayers’ story out of your mind. This book is powerful from the get-go and I flew through it.

Robin has chosen to show a side of humanity that many shy away from, though some of our most vulnerable have no choice but to experience it – and find hope and healing after.

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