Why did I love this book?
If you’ve been through something horrible, how do you go back to living your life? This question (a familiar one for me) is at the center of Dark Room Etiquette, in which a teen is kidnapped and brainwashed by a lonely man with religious delusions.
It’s a top-notch abduction thriller but also a fearless depiction of living with trauma; if anything, the story becomes more gripping once Sayers is rescued. Plus, the character arc is stunning. Sayers transforms from an entitled rich kid to withdrawn and helpless, and finally to destabilized and haunted.
It’s profound, sensitive, and completely believable. I can’t wait to read it again.