REVIEW: Horror Hotel by Victoria Fulton and Faith McClaren

Cover Image by Penguin Random House

If you’re a big fan of true crime, the paranormal, or anything in the world of eerie tales, then you know the name Elisa Lam. And if you are at all fascinated by the mysterious case of Elisa Lam… You. Need. To. Read. This. Book.

When the YouTube-famous Ghost Gang—Chrissy, Chase, Emma, and Kiki—visit a haunted LA hotel notorious for tragedy to secretly film after dark, they expect it to be just like their previous paranormal hauntings. Spooky enough to attract subscribers—and ultimately harmless. But when they stumble upon something unexpected in the former room of a gruesome serial killer, they quickly realize that they’re in over their heads. Sometimes, it’s the dead who need our help—and the living we should fear.

When I first read the description for this book I knew immediately that it was taking influence from the Elisa Lam case. So I grabbed a copy from Netgalley and was set to defend Elisa Lam’s memory… but I didn’t have to do that because the dedication page of this book reads: “For Elisa Lam and for anyone who feels like just a flicker in the universe.” And with that… I didn’t set this book down until I was done. The cover alone is thrilling and really, really cool.

Horror Hotel, following a group of young YouTubers, is a perfect blend of new aged tech references without being annoying. This book succeeds at a blend of technology where others have drastically failed. 

One character is of the paranormal realm meaning she can see ghosts which is of course a huge draw to their YouTube channel. I was worried this would be blown out in the storyline but it was also well done and presented in a way that didn’t dominate the entire character.

This book is spooky, creepy, chilling and a little romantic. Okay okay. A lot of romance. Call it romantic horror based on true crime… I’m IN.

Thanks and recognition to NetGalley for the prepublication. This novel releases on February 1, 2022.