Date Published: July 23, 2016
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.
I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Dean and Elizabeth are happy newlyweds who decide to move to a small town into an old house that they bought at a bargain basement price. They dream of the small town life with neighbors bringing an apple pie to welcome them and getting to know everyone in the small town. But they soon find out that this town has secrets and the townsfolk are not welcoming at all. Then they start to look into the history of their house and realize that the secrets are even closer to home than they realized.
I like Sarah J. Clemens’ writing style. This book was short but I felt I got to know Dean and Elizabeth. They each had their quirks but don’t we all?
The Empty Room had me guessing until the very end. I would never have guessed the ending but that’s the way I like it! I definitely recommend The Empty Room and look forward to reading more from this author.
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 newspaper 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.