Book Review: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

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Creepy and moody, Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young is a tension-filled story rich with atmospheric horror and intense emotions.

hotel rubyWhen Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.

Young has a knack for writing captivating and passionate romances, and Hotel Ruby is no exception — with the added layer of an ominous mystery that overshadows Audrey’s stay at the Ruby, and her budding relationship with the enigmatic Elias.

Suzanne masterfully draws out that tension and mystery, peeling back each layer just a little at a time — all building to a stunning and unexpected reveal that really changes the game and makes you rethink every moment in the book. It’s clever, intense, and brilliantly executed.

Described by the author herself as “The Shining meets ‘Hotel California,'” that apt description just scratches the surface of what Hotel Ruby has to offer its readers. Stay tonight or stay forever, your stay within the pages of Hotel Ruby will be well-spent. The book is in stores now.

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