The Motel Room by Alyssa Cooper


My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

The Motel Room is a new take on the classic ghost story, telling the tale of a haunted motel room from the perspective of the haunter, rather than the haunted.

Since his death, our Narrator has been trapped in a motel room, watching the comings and goings of his nightly guests. The strangers never stay more than a night or two, and they never pay him any mind. Then one morning, a maid turns her head and the two lock eyes – the first time he has been seen since his death. Only then does he begin to discover the true power behind his ghostly form.


My Opinion

This book is a short new interpretation of a classic ghost story. In The Motel Room, the ghost is the protagonist. He has to deal with changing hotel guests, the maid, and occasionally with a guest he knows well. The reader learns how he copes with his life in isolation. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With The Motel Room, Alyssa Cooper has created an amazing ghost story. I soon started to empathise with this ghost. The Motel Room is a different ghost story. Thank you so much, Alyssa!

This is a short story to read again.   🙂


About the author

A lifelong lover of literature, Alyssa Cooper was first published at the age of eighteen. Her passion for the written word started early, and as a child she would carry her mother’s novels as part of her wardrobe. She has dedicated her life to developing her voice and pushing the limits of her craft. She is the author of three traditionally published books, and has recently made the move into independent publishing. She currently resides in Belleville, Ontario, where she lives with her typewriters and a personal library.


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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Motel Room?  Or – if you did not yet read The Motel Room – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Motel Room was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂




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  3. This story reminds me of the movie with Nicole Kidman called The Others. Such a fascinating and scary movie to enjoy on a Sunday night. If you ever get a chance, find yourself a copy, Karen, and enjoy it. I won’t say anymore, but it’s very suspenseful! Ghostly, of course!

    • Indeed, Jack. I have seen that one twice. It is fascinating, scary, and surprising. I enjoyed The Others a great deal. Whenever they show it again, I’ll record it to watch it again. I just realised that it’s been a while…

    • It is a great find. I am very glad that I could not resist. A ghost telling his story is something else. A brilliant idea. Reading and reviewing was a pleasure, Cleo.

    • It is. I liked it because it is written from an unusual perspective.
      O Alquimista by Paulo Coelho? Yes. I read it several years ago. Time for reading it again. After moving our ‘library’ from the old to the new room.

  4. In reading your post I was reminded of Leone Jensen, the hotel guest that never left in the the Hotel San Carlos (same hotel where Marilyn Monroe stayed) :
    “The ghost of Leone Jensen is said to roam the hallways of the San Carlos Hotel in downtown Phoenix,Az. Witnesses claim to see her as a floating white, cloudy figure of mist. Unexplainable breezes accompany her presence.

    In almost every ghost book or story written about dear Leone tells of a scorned woman devastated by the rejection of a love interest.”

    Could make an interesting novel. 🙂

    • This seems to be an awesome hotel. 😉
      Some people can feel and/or see a presence – at least occasionally.
      The fine mist around the Spinner’s engine (my husband did not see it) inspired me to write ‘Potatoes at the Museum’.
      Betrayal seems to be an important reason for having a ghost around. Poor Leone Jensen.
      This would be a novel you could write, Carol. A wonderful excuse to revisit this hotel – for research purposes. 🙂

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