#BookReview #Horror: The Visitor's Room by E.H. James
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If Amy thought this day on the psych ward would be just like any other…she would be wrong. For although everything seemed normal, well as normal as a place like that could be, something was not quite right. That she couldn’t put her finger on it only made it all the more perplexing. Should you ask questions...when you aren’t prepared to hear the answer?
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In this short story, I met 17-year old Amy who had been residing in a psychiatric institution.
For the five months she had been there, nothing was what it seemed.
During her stay, she learned that everything she saw was’t quite what it appeared.
Dripping and bubbling over with irony, The Visitor’s Room is well-told horror story. While reading this story, I traveled along, albeit mentally, with Amy. Simultaneously, we discovered that thoughts have a way of “forcing their way between the images” residing in our minds, while existing just “beyond her grasp.”
This tale gripped me in a way I didn’t expect.
I felt so much while reading and identified with the psychological premise James so eloquently presented.
Writing a short story is so difficult, as the author must share all they want to say and remain within the structural confines of the genre. Once again, James has pulled it off! Admittedly, I read this story more than twice, just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Each time, I saw and heard something new.
I struggled with this review. There was so much in this story and it is quite possible that my review, if allowed, would exceed the story’s length. To prevent my babbling on about psychoanalytic theories, I will leave you with this. There will be times when you will only see what you want to see. It is during these times you must to rely on those around you. In trusting them, you must allow yourself to “see” and be guided through the windows and doors of opportunity, pain, etc. It is through these passageways that you transition into a new phase of your life, or in Amy’s case, something completely different.