The Visitor’s Room by E.H. James
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery
Length: Short Story (10 pages)
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe
Don’t go asking questions you don’t want to know the answer to, especially when you're on a psych ward, and even you begin to question your sanity.
If Amy thought this day on the psych ward would be just like any other she would be sadly mistaken. For although everything seemed normal, well as normal as a place like that could be, there was something that was not quite right. That she couldn’t put her finger on it only made it all the more perplexing. But the real question was, should you go asking questions you aren’t prepared to hear the answer to?
Sometimes the biggest mysteries are packed into the minutia of daily life: a dripping faucet, a terry cloth robe.
It’s difficult to create a memorable protagonist in such a short story, but author E.H. James did a fantastic job sketching out Amy’s personality and even a little bit of her backstory. You’ll shudder through her pain, confusion and unshakable curiosity as you follow her tale.
Just enough information is provided about the secondary characters to enhance the mystery. Had the author decided to expand this concept into a full-length novel these characters could have easily been fleshed out into more complex individuals but for a story this size these characters were perfectly described.
To be honest I figured out the twist early on but the clues were so subtle this in no way dampened my enthusiasm for the plot. It was even more interesting to read it a second time and pick up on a few more clues that I hadn’t noticed the first time around!
I still wonder what happened to Amy, her friend Angela and the rest of the characters after the end of The Visitor’s Room and I’ll be paying close attention to the author’s future projects. There's room for a sequel here and even if the author decides not to write one I’m excited to read stories about other characters.
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of The Visitor’s Room. Your only regret will be that you didn’t discover such a talented writer sooner.