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Review: Dark Room Etiquette by Robin Roe

Dark Room Etiquette is a thriller about reality, love, and mistakes. This fast paced suspense was hard to put down. I kept wanting to read more to find out if Sayer would escape or if his situation would change. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


Trapped in a windowless room, without knowing why he’s been taken or how long the man plans to keep him shut away, Sayers faces a terrifying new reality. To survive, he must forget the world he once knew, and play the part his abductor has created for him.

But as time passes, the line between fact and fiction starts to blur, and Sayers begins to wonder if he can escape . . . before he loses himself.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Tw: domestic abuse, mentions of sexual assault, child abuse, emotional abuse

Dark Room Etiquette is a story which delivers intrigue and character. It’s a story which is fast paced and engaging from the beginning. With a quick set up, the book becomes about Sayer in captivity. About comparing these images of his life before, and his new reality. Of wondering why he’s been taken and if he has a chance at escape. Life can feel so safe, so stagnant, like things can never change. Until they do and you realize it was an illusion.

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In front of our eyes, Dark Room Etiquette changes into a book with hidden corners and questions of how we can argue with someone else’s reality. How soon until the mask we have to wear to survive, becomes ours? The tension becomes almost tangible as you continue reading. And the depths of the psychological character development for Sayer is heart breaking. It’s a story that is worth a read if you like thrillers. At the same time, it’s also a book devoted to characters and change. Find Dark Room Etiquette on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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