Book Review: Trapped In Room 217

Trapped In Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe is a middle grade book that resides in the Haunted States of America series. It takes place at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado (which is the main reason I was drawn to checking it out in the first place). We have two kids who are staying here indefinitely with their father while he is in the area on a work assignment. They start experiencing strange things, seeing ghosts, etc and they are determined to resolve whatever issue is happening.


Troupe does a good job at keeping the reader entertained while also throwing in some local legend/folklore. I stayed at The Stanley for my honeymoon last year and I heard of the woman that is the focus of this book when I was on my haunted tour! For those who do not know, this is the hotel that King stayed at that inspired him to write The Shining and it is also the same hotel where the TV miniseries (the non-Kubrick adaptation) was actually filmed. In the book, THE room of focus is Room 217 (as opposed to Room 237 in the film adaptation). So having all this connection and fascination to the premise of the story also helped keep me engaged as well.

I fed off the dynamics between the two siblings in this book. It totally threw me back to my youth and to the days that my older brother and I would get ourselves in situations like this from time to time. It was a nice view of the give-and-take relationship between siblings and made me smile with all kinds of nostalgia vibes.

I highly recommend this book to young readers or parents/teachers who are excited to get their kids or students into reading. I, for one, will be super excited if my kids are interested in reading horror like I am, and this is a great book for them without being overly scary, profane, etc. 4 out of 5 stars for me and I am already trying to get my hands on a couple more books in Troupe’s Haunted States of America series! Thank you to NetGalley and Jolly Fish Press for this advanced copy!  The book releases 9/1/18!