Book Review — The Rainbow Room by Claire Ishi Ayetoro

I received an advance review copy for free from Book Sirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  • Genre: Short Story, Novella, Suspense
  • Published by: Equal Age
  • Publish date: December 2, 2022
  • Number of pages: 160 pages
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An adult short story from Claire Ishi Ayetoro.

No bad deed goes unpunished.

When Jack Taylor wakes in a mysterious white room, this cryptic message greets him from a TV monitor. The door closes when he tries to leave. He has just 35 minutes to solve the riddle behind his captivity.

This is the Rainbow Room.

Blue for the way you blew my mind. Green for the gifts you gave me. Each color hides a sinister clue. But the price for failure is high… and with every wrong guess, the penalty grows more severe.

Jack has no idea how he got here. The room offers him no escape. All he knows is that he’s screwed over a lot of people in his life… and now, the consequences have finally caught up to him.

Step into a thrilling psychological novella that takes readers on a puzzling journey with no shortage of twists and turns. This short and punchy read is an unforgettable experience that’s perfect for fans of imaginative books that really make you think.

Rating: 2/5

I think the premise of this novelette is intriguing. Jack wakes up in a room that’s almost completely bare with the exception of a few items. A message pops up on screen, a riddle. Slowly, Jack learns that not working to solve the riddle has consequences as each color of the rainbow progresses the narative.

This is a fast-paced read that you can finish in one sitting. It’s suspenseful. I think it could do with some editing and more explanation between the room color changes. I did like the concept but wish it was fleshed out more.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to know!

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