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The Empty Room Paperback – July 23, 2016
"The ability to weave a suspenseful, mysterious story in this way with so many surprises is outstanding, but especially from a new author." -Jen Thomason of Dandelion's Inspired
"The mystery just layers on throughout the story as new secrets are revealed and I was kept on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next. There's a truly surprising ending that had my jaw dropping to the floor and left my mind racing back through all the strange happenings in the book as enlightenment sunk in." -The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
This author's talent is excellent! She knows how to flip things around on you! Very impressive read! -Stormy Night's Reviewing & Bloggin
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately when Dean and Elizabeth arrive in Eastbook the locals are not exactly welcoming to the newcomers. Everywhere they turn they feel the weighty stares and hushed conversations seeming to be directed their way. As the days go by Dean and Elizabeth uncover more and more secrets about this sleepy little unwelcoming town and find themselves grasping to know the truth about their new home.
The Empty Room was a rather Twilight Zone-ish little read that had me intrigued from the very beginning. You can't help but wonder what the heck is up with a town full of people treating the newcomers so horribly, well with the exception of one little girl who welcomes them with open arms which only added to the mystery even more.
As the story unfolded and I got more of a feel for where it was going I began to make my guesses as to how this one would end. When finished reading I can happily say that while I had some tiny suspicion of the direction the final ending took I really didn't figure it out very well and was pleasantly surprised at how gripping the entire read was with a nice surprise to the ending to tie it all together.
Overall, a great little read that reminded me of something along the lines of the Twilight Zone.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I don't want to give anything away – but I will say there was that definite curveball at the end. There was a hint that it was coming at about 80-85% of the way through and, even though I didn't want to, I think I finished that last 15-20% the fastest I've ever finished a book. I thought the author's writing style was amazing – she managed to capture the emotions & thoughts of the both Dean & his wife Elizabeth while keeping it in third person. She gave enough detail to make it feel like I was in the story, without being so detailed that it dragged the book. I will say, the pacing was a little slow in the beginning, but it seemed to pick up to a decent pace towards the middle & end of the book. This isn't a very long book – I was able to read it in a day's time, but the author managed to pack quite a bit of suspense & intrigue into these 212 pages. All in all, for my first *recent* mystery read I was very impressed.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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