Bjorn is a compulsive, exacting bureaucrat who discovers a secret room at the government office where he works–a secret room that no one else in his office will acknowledge.
When Bjorn is in his room, what his coworkers see is him standing by the wall and staring off into space looking dazed, relaxed, and decidedly creepy. Bjorn’s bizarre behavior eventually leads his coworkers to try to have him fired, but Bjorn will turn the tables on them with help from his secret room.
This was a very strange story. I literally finished it and went “Wait what?” because it is that weird. At the start you think Bjorn is just a regular guy but as the story goes on we find out that he is rude, narcissistic and just not a nice guy. You can’t help but wonder if he is just mean or if he doesn’t understand what he is doing wrong. Sort of a Sheldon Cooper type character.
I can’t say I liked this book. Parts of it were quite boring but I can’t help but feel that emphasises the boredom that comes from working in an office. Fortunately this book was very short at only 128 pages. Though it does end quite abruptly, it never explains what really happened leaving you wondering if the room is real or not.
*I received a copy of this book from Hogarth in exchange for an honest review.