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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Room 553: A Psychological Thriller REVIEW

Room 553

Title:  Room 553
Author:  Britney King
Where to purchase: Amazon
Publication Date: June 20, 2019
Edition:  Advance Reader Copy- ebook
Genre:  Psychological Thrillers, Mystery, Thriller, Romantic Suspense
BOOK LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon


"This tale of seduction, obsession, and murder will resonate with fans of Patricia Highsmith. The pace is fast, the prose is smooth, and the plot genuinely twisty."

"She felt no remorse for drawing blood. In the context of their relationship, it had its place."

For Max and Laurel, nothing is off limits when they meet in room 553. Their illicit affair is exhilarating, passionate--and dangerous.

Driven as much by compulsion as pleasure, Max can't stop. His mistress is Jesus on the streets, and Satan in the sack. But when things take a sharp and sudden turn for the worse, he finds himself ensnared in a trap of his own making.

Under heavy scrutiny by the police and the media, Max is hailed as a cold and evasive womanizer. He made mistakes, to be sure. But does that make him a killer?

Unnerving and addictive, Room 553 is a vivid and sensual psychological thriller that weaves a story of cruelty, reckless desire, and blind, bloody justice.

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Main Characters

  • Dr. Max Hastings- married man 
  • Laurel Dunaway- mistress, also married


The chapters alternate between Laurel's journal and Max' POV from before the murder when he first met Laurel, and after as he's talking to a psychologist while he was on trial. Basically everyone wants to know how the affair started and what happened behind closed doors in the hotel room 553 where they regularly met up. What happened to make Max snap in the hotel room? Was it a kinky accident or premeditated murder?

"You don't know what you don't know. Innocence, once lost, can never be regained, and accusations always leave a scar."


5th floor of the Belmond Hotel in Central Texas. Present day during summer months.

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"The read I get on Dr. Jones is that she's the type who has ten cats and piles of clutter spread among the excess of belongings she refuses to get rid of. "


Guilty or innocence depends on the crime we're referring to.

What did I like about the book?

This was a fast read for me. Once I picked it up, I did not want to put it down. Even though I wasn't emotionally connected to the characters it was like seeing a train wreck and wanting to know what happened or what happens next.

I really enjoy the author's writing style. Since my children are teenagers I read a lot of Young Adult books. Its a nice change to read an adult book. Its a romantic psychological thriller but it isn't raunchy. That doesn't mean its not disturbing though. I've now read two books (see the review for HER from March here). Both were quick fun reads.

I feel like I can't give away too many details because I don't want to give away any plot twists- there was one (ok, maybe two) I did not see coming. Love the ending though. Also, I would LOVE for my husband to say something like this quote:

"If an orgasm is as the French say, a little death, meet me in Room 553 and I'll write your eulogy. Over and over. Until I get it just right."

What did I not like about the book?

N/A - loved it

Date Started/Finished : June 14th- 15th 2019

Recommend? MAYBE

FROM THE AUTHOR: This is a satirical, psychological thriller with unlikeable, gritty characters and disturbing subject matter. If dark subject matter— triggers (in all forms)— and/or profanity is a turn off for you, you will likely not enjoy this novel.

Based on if I liked it or not- then yes, I totally recommend. If you are strongly against conversations about implied domestic violence or light S&M then this is not for you.

Rating: 5/★★★★★
based off Goodreads' ratings: 5 stars – LOVE, it was amazing, highly recommend.

Room 553Room 553 by Britney King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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