A review by luckyonesoph
The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R.M. Romero

challenging dark hopeful reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


“The lion must know what my history books forgot, but time
has swallowed his voice.”

Lyrical and haunting and beautiful. I loved this so much more than I expected to love a novel told in verse, and the foundation of Jewish culture and history was so exceptionally executed. The magical realism definitely requires you to suspend belief for a while, but the author’s gorgeous prose and metaphor make it so easy. Like, if you like house metaphors, where rooms and buildings come alive, you’ll love this. This book feels like a spooky hug, and I’ll definitely return to it as a comfort read. 

One of my favourite quotes:
“My People have always been forced to entertain our demons, buying another hour, another day, another precious few breaths. So I play rage and ruination.
I play to bring the walls of the black house down.”

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