Review: The Motel Room by Alyssa Cooper

The Motel Room by Alyssa Cooper
Release Date: April 5, 2014
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 32
Source: Book provided by the author for review



“It’s a strange feeling, to be dead.”

So begins the tale of our Narrator, a ghost clinging desperately to the memory of life.

Since his death, the ghost has been trapped in a motel room, watching the comings and goings of his nightly guests. The strangers never stay more than a night or two, and they never seem to notice him – no more than he notices them. Wrapped in fading memories of the time he was alive, he drifts through time, waiting for the return of the one person he can still see clearly.

But as time stretches out before him, his frustration begins to build, boiling over into violent anger. When a young couple dares to rent his room for the night, igniting his rage, the ghost finally discovers the true power behind his ghostly form.


Review:  The Motel Room is a somber look at death and the afterlife. We follow the spirit of a man killed on the evening of his wedding night. Trapped in the last place he remembers, the honeymoon hotel, he watches the world go bye. His anger, confusion, and loathing grow as his memory fades. In the end, the only thing left are thoughts of his wife. His journey will make you question what you value most, and how you’d accept your fate if you were the one who passed, leaving loved ones behind. While the concept was unique, the story did seem to drag in places, and I didn’t feel fulfilled at the ending. I suppose it may depend on what you believe happens once we pass through the veil.