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My rating: 4 stars
When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.
Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.
The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…
I’ve read many books by Suzanne Young, and so I can tell she has an amazing talent to write heartache. I don’t think I’ve ever read one of her books without crying. HOTEL RUBY is not the exception.
The book starts with Audrey and her broken family going away after her mother’s death. In the way to her grandmother’s house, they find the Hotel Ruby, a majestic hotel in the middle of nowhere.
The hotel seems like the distraction they were looking for. There, Audrey meets Elias, a mysterious and handsome boy, and his friends from the hotel staff. She’s soon drawn to them, to the stories behind the hotel.
The first half of the book is mostly dedicated to create the atmosphere and built the relationships, and while I enjoyed it and started to feel curious, it felt a little flat.
However, the second half of the book is filled with intrigue and mysteries. It’s impossible to put it down.
The plot twist is so well done that even if you expected it, you’ll still be astonished.
I was impressed with Suzanne Young’s ability to describe some creepy and graphic scenes, it was shocking.
The dynamics among the characters were realistic. I enjoyed reading about Audrey, her family, her new friends, but the hotel itself felt like the main character.
HOTEL RUBY is one of the best thrillers I’ve read so far. There’s no doubt Suzanne Young is one of the best authors out there.