Book review – Purgatory Hotel by Anne-Marie Ormsby


I love stories where a main character is a mysterious building and had heard lots of good things about this one. When Anne Marie visited this blog recently to talk about her new book I was hooked.

After a brutal attack Dakota Crow finds herself a guest at a grim Victorian hotel with a menacing clientele. It soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary hotel. She is already dead but why is she lumped in with rapists and murderers and the shadowy figure that stalks her down the dark corridors? And how can she escape to somewhere safer?

She must have done something bad in order to be housed here. The only way to move on spiritually is to face her own demons and make amends for the crime she committed in life but what can she possibly have done to deserve this?

Through a book in the Library of Remembrance we see her life story written out before her eyes, not only unmasking the identity of her murderer but also revealing her own crime.

We’re taken back to Dakota’s childhood, witnessing with her the secrets and lies surrounding a damaging relationship as she grows up – and the devastating consequences.

If you’re a fan of creepy hotel stories you’ll love this. I’m not a huge Horror reader but this isn’t full of guts and gore. It’s more of a psychological paranormal read. It’s classy and beautifully written.

The back story is disturbing and heartbreaking, the details skilfully teased out and the discoveries chilling. I’ll certainly be looking out for other books by this author.
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️



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