Title :: The Empty Room
Author :: Sarah Clemens
Genre :: Adult, Mystery, Suspense
Published :: July 23rd 2016
Date Read :: October 20th 2016
The small town of Eastbrook, Maine seemed like the close-knit community where newlyweds Dean and Elizabeth Montgomery could begin their lives together, and the 1901 Victorian seemed like the house they’d always dreamed of owning. The only condition for purchasing the property was that it was sold in “as-is” condition. When the couple arrives in Eastbrook, they receive anything but a warm welcome from the local residents. And when they realize that as-is condition meant that the previous owner of the house had left every worldly possession behind, the dream of the small town life starts to take a mysterious turn. Day after day, Dean and Elizabeth uncover more truths than they could have ever imagined, or ever wanted to know about the secrets that were hidden in the small town of Eastbrook. And as neighbors become growingly hostile with every encounter, this young couple searches furiously to uncover what the residents are trying to hide. As their journey unfolds, Elizabeth goes missing and Dean must turn to the very neighbors he fears may have known what would happen to her from the moment the couple arrived for help. Because in this town, some secrets are better off hidden.
So I honestly contemplated marking this book as DNF. The first 80% of the book just dragged!! It was horrible.
Newlyweds Dean and Elizabeth move to the small town of Eastbrook, Maine. They have purchased a the perfect house, with the condition that it was bought ‘as-in’ condition. This means that the previous owners stuff has been left there for Dean and Elizabeth to sort through.
The previous owners where-a-bouts and the towns less than welcoming residents leave Dean and Elizabeth searching for clues on what really happened in their house.
The couples investigation drags out for a lot of the book. It is repetitive and boring.
The story only really picks up in the last 15 – 20% when Elizabeth goes missing. However, even then it still takes Dean awhile to react in an interesting manner.
The twist was actually quite a shock and definitely saved the story. Throughout the book there are hints to what is going on in the small town of Eastbrook, however as the story drags out I really was not paying enough attention to pick up on them.
The characters are frustrating from the start. Elizabeth is portrayed as a lazy, self-obssessed woman who will not lift a finger to help her husband move furniture, boxes etc.
Dean is just plain annoying. I am actually quite proud of myself for finishing this book.
I received a copy of the book from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for my honest opinion or review of the book.
The last 10% of the book. That is about all.
I believe that the ending really saved this book. It was a shocking, unique twist that you could not really see coming.
The characters, the story line, the first 80% of the book…
Sarah J Clemens is the author of the debut novel, THE EMPTY ROOM. She began writing THE EMPTY ROOM in 2008 and formed her own publishing company in 2016 called Off the Page Publishing. Sarah was born in California and now lives and works in Boise, Idaho. In addition to writing fiction, she is a legal assistant with an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.