Monday, January 9, 2017

** Review** The Empty Room by Sarah J. Clemens

The Empty Room

Rain soaked and dreary, it was a 1901 abandoned Victorian that Dean and Elizabeth hoped would fulfill their dreams, even if the town of Eastbrook, Maine was trapped under a blanket of fog. The first neighbor they meet in town dashes those dreams when he raises a bizarre question: what happened to the last person who lived in their house? Under mounting pressure from the residents of Eastbrook to stop questioning the past, Dean and Elizabeth are driven deeper into the history of the house, and the town. When they discover what happened in Eastbrook, keeping the secret could save their lives, but uncovering the truth might be worth the risk.
A gripping psychological mystery, The Empty Room takes readers on a cat-and-mouse game where some secrets are better off hidden.

Dean and Elizabeth are newlyweds who want to leave the big city so they buy an old Victorian home in Maine. But there is a catch to this adorable and cheaply priced home...they have to take the home 'as is' - looking a bit dusty but lived in - because the previous owner mysteriously disappeared. When Dean and Elizabeth arrive at their new home and new neighborhood, excited to start their new life in their new home, they are unexpectedly met with an unwelcoming town who clearly do not want them - or any other outsiders - with the exception of a single little girl. Days go by and they are constantly met with stares and hushed conversations  and secret conversations...but, Dean and Elizabeth are also realizing and learning that this little town has plenty of secrets...what are they?   
The cover is very fitting for this read, and eye catcher too. This read kept me intrigued and wondering what was going to happen, what secrets were being kept, especially with the disappearance of that man....from chapter one. This isn't a slow read, it was a bit on the bland side in the beginning, in a contextual sense, but I get it. I thought it was interesting how it started out as a narrative telling the very quick love story beginnings of Elizabeth and Dan before it turns into dialogue between the two love birds and their new life in Maine. 
I think the author did a great job with the writing and characterizations. It was a lot of fun reading with the images of 1901, I've recently gotten back into historical fictions and am really enjoying it - especially with the suspense involved!

About the author:
Sarah J. Clemens is the author of the debut mystery novel, The Empty Room. She started writing The Empty Room in 2008 and formed her own imprint in 2016 called Off the Page Publishing. She started out her professional career working as a news assistant for her local newsp
aper before finding a passion for the law and pursued an education in criminal justice. In addition to writing fiction, she is also a legal assistant with an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Human Services. Sarah was born in California and now lives and works in Boise, Idaho. She has the same sarcastic sense of humor as the characters in her books, and she has an unparalleled love for animals.

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