#PointHorrorBookClub was created by author Juno Dawson in 2013. Juno announced in 2015 that she was no longer able to carry on so, with her blessing, I took over the reins
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Nightmare Hall: The Roommate
Are the Point Horror books we loved as a teenager still our favourites on a re-read? Have they not stood the test of time? After a hit of nostalgia? Or are you new to Point Horror and want to see what its all about?
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Four roommates share a suite in a dorm. Four girls who are very different, but not what they seem. Each of them hides a secret, and soon one of them may die.
Where college is a scream…
Okay ….so…What’s It All About?
A girl called Danni starts college at Salem and moves into an all girl / no boys allowed dorm on campus and not in Nightmare (Nightingale) Hall as the book title would suggest.
Not in Nightmare Hall! What?! Why?!
Who knows! This is Point Horror!
Anyway after filling out her college campus roommate form as carefully and precise as possible Danni becomes suitemates with Racey Lacey, Mousey Maureen and eventually Moody Margot…basically they get to share a bathroom together and Lacey and Maureen are roommates as are Danni and Margot and basically form the Spice Girls! Okay okay I’m lying …. turning this story into the formation of the Spice Girls would have been far more interesting!
Wash your mouth out with soap Chelley Toy and get back to the post!
Basically the roommates become BFF’s, but then the roommates begin to take each others things…..like gold sweaters!
OH THE HORROR!
Yes yes I know! And then, very very very far into the book Danni starts to receive phonecalls and horrible messages….written in lipstick and starts obsessing over her roommate Margot and who could possibly be doing this to her!
Oh the poor little thing!
Pfffftttt don’t feel sorry for poor old Danni! She was basically attention seeking….oh and on the run for murder!
Lion maned, raised by nannies Danni Spelling!
With her honey coloured hair, unusual grey blue eyes (mine are grey blue!), her generous mouth, pale skin the colour of moonlight and her quick temper….. *blank face*
I don’t really know what to say about Danni…her obsessions over her absent roommate where constant and well basically she was just a bit meh and a bit obvious I guess! Maybe Lacey ruining Danni’s kiss with Jordan pushes her over the edge?
I do have to admit that I laughed rather to much than I probably should have when Danni was scared of a giant hedge rabbit when she was on her date with Jordon and she got stuck in hedge hell! OMG don’t start me off! The visions! THE VISIONS! *cries with laughter*
The Love Interest
Okay I guess the love interest was Jordan who was trying so desperately hard to kick his practical joke habit that he just became a bit irrelevant to the whole story! Apparently his presence improved the scenery and impresses girls with the size of his grass (not a joke!). I give him one thing though….he did give me a good old laugh in the hedges with Danni! I may have mentioned this above already lol.
Anyway…kicked out of regular halls due to a misunderstanding about partying he lived in The Kennels with muscular pony tailed, wire rimmed glassed Travis and together they basically….well they basically just perv on girls and basically be Hoh’s red herrings!
So many obvious red herrings in this book!
I have to start with Lacey! OMG! I loved racey Lacey so so much! She was the best part of the whole book in my opinion! The rich smooth skinned girl with a faintly golden glow who lets face it doesn’t mind a bit of a flash by dropping her towel in front of everyone. I originally wrote down irritating next to her name in my notebook, but I grew to love her so much! Sharp tonged and wity with shockingly short hair and brown eyes turned up at the corners (?) she won me over with her love of whips, chains, body shop lip gloss and her love for food orgys!
She gave me a good old few chuckles and especially loved that she was the noisy messy roommate!
I mean forget the real reveal at the end of the book! The biggest shock was racey Lacey figuring it all out and being basically a genius pretending to be clueless and getting drunk!
I also loved her who wants to be normal that’s so boring comment! You rock Lacey! I heart you forever and ever!
Now onto Maureen “Mouse” Ross…another character I loved! Her obsession over the colour brown was just adorable and I loved it when racey Lacey gave her a make over! Proper BFF’s! Maureen was clumsy with pale skin, round green eyes, long straight dark hair, tall and with a stubborn upper lip gave the occasional squeak whilst talking to herself. I loved how along with her lost scared look her glasses were held together with a paper clip.
She basically just didn’t give two hoots! It made me laugh how she was another obvious red herring with Hoh indicating she had something to hide and with her suitcase spilling open and everything being symmetrical just as described in the prologue! The perfect red herring…but nope I was not fooled! I loved her almost as much as Lacey.
And then there’s Margot Hanes the mysterious roommate who turns up late in the middle of the night with unsettling, dark and intense green eyes, a faint dusting of freckles across her nose, soft medium brown hair and a sun tan. Yep you can tell all of that in the dark! Hoh gives us yet another red herring in that Margot has a secret that she hopes Danni will understand and basically loses it over a gold sweater. She asks questions that make the others feel stupid and loves Cary Grant.
Little shout out the “Resident Advisor” Kendra Sydney ….oh bless her cotton socks. Always there in a time of need. The tall, dark, skinny, brown eyed girl with her loose curly hair and patient worn weary expression must have thought her work was cut out for her when Danni kept making her leave her cosy free from fees room! I almost wanted the reveal to be her!
Fashion Faux Pas
There was lots and lots and lots of cashmere in this book darling don’t you know! There were short skirts, knee high boots topped with a cashmere top, a cropped lambs wool top with jeans and we must not forget the chin to slippers bathrobe and chartreuse smock at the hairdressers!
The crème de la crème of Point Horror clothing!
I mean the all basically loose it over a gold cashmere sweater!
“Pale skin the colour of too many days inside a library”
Rude! I rather like spending time inside library’s *checks skin colour*
“I’m Lacey….As in underwear…as in where did I put my panties?”
On page 4 of this book I knew I was going to love Lacey!
“Sometimes I’m just out of control you know”
Lacey did such a good job of convincing us she was a bit dippy!
“I sound just like one of those mental hospital nurses”
Ponders if Danni is referring to THE ONE SHE KILLED BEFORE GOING ON THE RUN!
“With my luck I’ll probably get the psycho roommate from hell!”
Danni tries to throw us off the scent!
“The Dungeon? Whips? Chains? This school is definitely my kind of place”
OMG! I loved Lacey!
“Lots of people are shy Maureen. You just have to practise. With practise anybody can act normal!”
Probably best Maureen doesn’t take Danni’s advise here…..just saying!
“If you could order a guy off the menu, any guy who would it be?”
Danni is eyeing up her next victim Hannibal style!
“You know how they say, think globally, act locally?”
Erm….no Lacey….I don’t know…not at all! Just me?
“Margot went nuclear”
“My roommate is crazy!”
Nice red herring there Danni but you didn’t have the Point Horror Book Club fooled!
Lacey gives me my new Point Horror saying! Will it catch on?
“Listen, I’ve got to motor”
Oh Lacey Lacey Lacey and her little catchphrases! Lol VROOOMMMM
“I never had a guy calling me up like that. Like that movie, Fatal Attraction”
Hide you’re bunnies from Lacey!
“Only you could turn a trip to the post office into a potential horror story!”
Have they never licked a stamp and got a paper cut!
“I was hoping to shake hands with some mail”
And finally my best dialogue disaster goes to a character that lived down the hall from the Suitemates, Caren Sanchez. When she received a care package from home she says about all of the characters…
“Oh My God its a flock of vultures”
*hi fives Caren*
1! And that unfortunately happened off the page before the story started! Boooooooo!
Is it scary?
No! No! No! I was more scared of the thought that Lacey did not pack any underwear to take with her to the whole of college than of anything that happened in the book!
Did the best friend do it?
We can but dream that racey Lacey, Mousey Maureen or Moody Margot were the reveal, but nope! We had a confusing in the dark stabby stabby with a letter opener knife reveal of it being Danni! But what was the reveal anyway? Nothing had actually happened in the book for there to be a reveal really!
Some Mild Peril?
I’m struggling here! Killer hedge bunnies maybe?!
Is it any good?
Sorry guys but I didn’t get on too well with this one. Basically nothing happened in the book! Nothing! I can’t even figure out what the actual reveal was in the end! What was being revealed as well basically nothing happened!
I mean a couple of phone calls and messages written in lipstick yeah…and a torn up cashmere sweater, but basically that’s it! I think Danni was trying to be a copy cat Jenny from The Babysitter and well basically failed! No one can beat Jenny on that front!
Was it just me? I mean I know it was revealed that the MC and narrator was in fact crazy and on the run for murder, but it all felt a little flat and basically everything happened in the last 20 pages. Up until then it was just a story about a group of friends and not very Point Horror!
I loved the shout out to actual Nightmare Hall and Gisele hanging herself and Linda Carlyle living there and basically where obviously all the action happened!
I had to admit that ending with Margot in the shower made me finish the book with a smile on my face!
*stares into space and blinks for half an hour trying to still figure out what the reveal was*
Over to you!
As well as your thoughts on the book I’ve added some fun questions to ponder!
- Why was this book taken out of Nightmare Hall?
- The Boy Next Door or The Roommate?!
- What do you hide in your draw that you would not like touched!
- What basically happened in this book?!
I admit I struggled to come up with any questions this month as my mind is blank!
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