Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Blog Tour / Book Musings - The Empty Room by Sarah Clemens

Date Published: July 23, 2016
Publisher: Off the Page Publishing

Blurb : 

The small town of Eastbrook, Maine seemed like the kind of close-knit community where newlyweds Dean and Elizabeth Montgomery could begin their lives together, and the 1930s 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. But 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. But what they find instead is that the home they thought they were getting a good deal on has a much higher price than they could have ever known, and that some secrets are better off hidden.

My Musings: 

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The blurb was intriguing enough to capture my attention. The cover too promised a mystery or suspense tale and I was looking forward to the read. Boy, was I surprised with the story!!! And I mean that in a very good way.

The story started off in a bland way actually with the introduction of Dean and Elizabeth. It was a narration at the beginning which eventually turned into dialogue laden chapters. The characters were well written. Dean was a person with dry humour which could be seen in the various interactions between Elizabeth and him. Elizabeth was his perfect counterpart with her cheerful attitude. 

All the other characters were very creepy and the town had a wierd feel with all the staring and non cool conversations. Actually I started thinking it might be a horror tale after all especially with the presence of Rose. The story is very short actually. It took me only an hour or two to read the e-book. The middle was a bit slow and it was essential for the story and the ending. The climax blew my head. Though there were indications, I wasn't able to put them together to know because I was totally immersed in the superficial layer of the story. The author's writing in that aspect is very good. She had my attention scattered with her story telling. 

The ending was the part which convinced me that I had to give a 4.5 star rating for this book. I so wasn't expecting it and it had me feeling sad. It isn't often an author makes me feel poignant. I seriously have no words to describe the ending. I can only recommend this book for a poignant short read. I enjoyed and I think others will too,if given a chance.

My rating : 4.5/5

Meet the Author :

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.

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