Hiding is Roo Fanshaw’s special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment’s notice. When her parents are murdered, it’s her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.
As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and secrets. Roo doesn’t believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth.
Despite the best efforts of her uncle’s assistants, Roo discovers the house’s hidden room–a garden with a tragic secret.
Inspired by The Secret Garden, this tale full of unusual characters and mysterious secrets is a story that only Ellen Potter could write
When Roo Fanshaw’s parents are mysteriously murdered, Roo is sent to live with her rich Uncle she didn’t know she had. Now stuck in an island called Cough Rock, Roo’s new life is filled with mysteries and secrets, that Roo is determined to find out. Roo’s special skill of hiding makes her find new animal friends. Where is that mysterious tuneless humming coming from? Who is P. Fanshaw? Who is that wild boy in the canoe? Roo Fanshaw’s life has turned into a mystery too.
The Humming Room isn’t really my type although some parts did capture my interest. The main character, Roo, is very determined and head-strong. Another good thing about Roo is that she doesn’t rush in to danger, she thinks of an escape plan in case something goes wrong. Roo was also a bit mean to other people before they even have a chance introduce themselves. But through it all, Roo also stuck up for herself, not like a person who would instantly go and hide when someone said a mean remark. However, the ending left me with some confusion about what happened to the people.
One thing that I hate about some books are that they have way too many details which makes the book drag on, word after word, but in The Humming Room the amount of details that Ellen Potter displays is just right. The other characters in the book were very quiet most of the time. The cover is really nice bringing out the main character and making the background all blurry. I’d recommend this book for people who like mystery at every turn.