The Yellow Room by Jess Vallance


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.


How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Contemporary

Previously reviewed: Birdy

Review: Toxic and twisted relationships appear to be Jess Vallance’s storytelling forte. At least based on her debut Birdy, and now on her newest book The Yellow Room.

Anna is taken in by Edie, her father’s girlfriend who written her a letter telling Anna that her dad died. Anna hasn’t seen or heard from her father for years and agrees to meet Edie. From there the two of them form friendship and as Anna’s life unravels further Edie is the one she goes to for help.

Because I’d read Birdy I knew that Jess Vallance was excellent at weaving together a deceptive story, even when the reader is looking out for twists. That is why reading The Yellow Room is so engaging. You know something isn’t quite right, but you’re not quite sure what. You know it’ll end badly, but you’re not quite sure how it will end.

I’m pretty sure Jess Vallance will be an author whose books I’ll always seek out.

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