Trapped in Room 217
Thomas Kingsley Troupe
isn’t sure what to expect when her father’s job uproots her and her brother,
Dion, to Estes Park, Colorado. But right away, something doesn’t seem right
with their hotel. Jayla soon discovers that their home for the week, room 217
of the Stanley Hotel, is the most haunted place in all of Colorado. Barely
asleep the first night, Jayla watches a ghostly woman walk toward her bed. And
the ghost visits her room every night. What does the ghost want? And what
happens when Jayla and Dion get in her way?
Every state has its own spine-tingling stories of ghosts and mysterious hauntings grounded in its regional history. The Haunted States of America series uses real-life ghost lore as jumping off points to new, chilling tales. But beware: sometimes real life is stranger than fiction.”
Thank you to Netgalley for this copy of ‘Trapped in Room 217’ to read in exchange for an honest review.
This is a great little read, a short story based around the true haunting of a room in a popular haunted hotel. This is based on The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado, where the author did actually get to stay overnight, just sadly not in the room itself.
Jayla and Dion (I love this kid, he packed nothing but books) head to Colorado with their father for work, also meaning that spring break starts early for them. They arrive at The Stanley Hotel, and are pleasantly surprised at how grand it appears. Immediately though, they are disturbed by an eerie feeling. It seems the other guests know something they don’t.
In the middle of the night Jayla is awoken by a chill, the room has turned icy cold. She and Dion are frightened by a figure in their room, the ghost of Elizabeth Wilson, a maid at the hotel from the early 1900s.
The story goes on to see Jayla take it upon herself to ‘release’ Elizabeth from room 217, but of course it’s not quite that simple.
I love things like this, ghost stories based on true events. I think in another life I would have ended up as a ghost hunter on a show such as Most Haunted, but anyways, enough about me.
The ending was a tad anti-climatic, but that was down to the author staying true to the history of the hotel. It would have taken away from the real life story to have this turn into some sort of Poltergeist style haunting. Over all though, it’s an enjoyable story, well worth an hour of your time.
Lesley-Ann (Housewife of Horror)