Audrey lost her mother suddenly three months ago. She and her brother, Daniel, have fallen apart and their father can't deal anymore. So he's driving them cross country to stay with their grandmother who they barely know.
On the way, they stop at Hotel Ruby and things change. Her father becomes more engaged in their lives. Both Audrey and Daniel find romantic interests. There are nightly parties. They extend their stay for a few days and everything seems too good to be true. Well everything except the mean concierge, Kenneth. And you know if things seem too good, especially in books, well they are.
Most readers will pick up on what is going on in Hotel Ruby, but that doesn't really take away from the apeal. Hotel Ruby is pretty macabre in places and creeped me out a bit. The way the story unfolds is interesting. The ending may or may not be what you wished for, but I thought it appropriate.
Hotel Ruby is enjoyable but not a book that will stick with me forever. I'm happy I spent a short time with this story and will be recommending it to my teens.
Published by Simon Pulse, November 3, 2015
eARC obtained from Edelweiss
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