Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Empty Room” as Want to Read:
The Empty Room
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Empty Room

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  21 reviews
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 re ...more
Published July 23rd 2016 by Smashwords Edition
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-44
Average rating 3.68  · 
Rating details
 ·  28 ratings  ·  21 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Empty Room
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: publisher-arc
Newlyweds Dean and Elizabeth Montgomery have bought an old Victorian in the small town of Eastbrook, Maine. The only catch to their dream home is it will take a lot of cleaning out since the previous owner had mysteriously disappeared leaving all of their belongings behind but that's a small price to pay for what they hope will be the ideal life in a small town.

Unfortunately when Dean and Elizabeth arrive in Eastbook the locals are not exactly welcoming to the newcomers. Everywhere they turn th
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, romance
There are certain challenges that come with being newlyweds, and for Dean and Elizabeth, their problems begin when they purchase an abandoned Victorian home in the small town of Eastbrook, Maine. The frosty reception from the locals was one thing, but when the couple discover that the previous owner of their home, Hayden Dobs, just up and left town in the middle of the night, leaving all his furnishings behind, suspicion kicks in. Even stranger is the one empty room in their home. Why had Hayden ...more
zoë ❅ (fallxnrobin)
I really didn't know what to expect* from this short read that was barely 140 pages on the PDF file I received but I certainly did not expect fell so shOOK from the ending alone.

*oh what a lie this is I expected ghosts and spirits but apparently I didn't read the summary or genres properly (another bad habit of mine oops)

3.5 stars

The prologue was really more of a history lesson than anything else. It started off with a brief introductory paragraph to the small town of Eastbrook and then quickly
Katie Foth
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dean and Elizabeth meet when they are both running late to work one day and he nearly runs her over. They marry a few months later and decide to get away from the city life and buy an old Victorian in Eastbrook, Maine. The people of this small town are less than welcoming and they also realize that the previous resident just up and left everything in his home when he disappeared. The house is full of furniture and even has dirty dishes in the sink. Except there is one room on the main floor that ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon

** 2.5 Cranky Stars **

Writing reviews like this brings me no joy. I know the amount of work authors put in and they leave a piece of themselves in every book.

I struggled with this book. I struggled to finish it and just when I was about to quit it, the pace picked up.

Set in the small town of Eastbrook, Maine, the story revolves around Dean and Elizabeth Montgomery. They purchase a Victorian era house to begin their newly married life together.

The property, bought as is, includes furnishing
Scarlett Ian
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by author Sarah J. Clemens, and it is also my first mystery book in a very long time – I used to love reading Agatha Christie & Mary Higgins Clark mysteries when I was a kid, but lately I haven't been as into the genre as I once was. I think it's mostly because I haven't found a mystery to read that would intrigue me as much as they used to. So needless to say, I was skeptical about posting this review because I was already assuming that I would not like this book. However, ...more
Katherine Paschal
Newlyweds Elizabeth and Dean are excited to move out of the big city and live in a small town to begin their life together. When they find the perfect home online, they know if is the right place for them, regardless of the fact it was abandoned by the previous owner with all his furnishings left inside. Ready for their new adventure, they are surprised by the reception they receive in town. People refuse to talk to them, and when they do it is with anger or threats. The couple refuses to be dau ...more
Kelly-Jo Sweeney
The Empty Room was an unusual mystery story and in someways that makes it difficult to review. I received a free copy of this book and I have to admit that had it not been for this, I may not have made it past the prologue. There was little need for this start to the book in my opinion and I think it set the whole story on a bad footing from the beginning.
Once we were into the story proper, things certainly picked up and I got drawn into the mystery itself. I wasn't sure where it was going, alt
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 - ...more
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is an intriguing murder mystery that is quite short and only took a few hours to read.

To begin with, I felt the prologue was unnecessary, and I didn’t really like the way it was written, so I was relieved to find that the writing style changed when the book got to chapter one.

The author’s writing style was quite good, although at times I felt there were irrelevant details that could have been left out. The characters were not really complex and didn’t feel like they had any depth, and I cou
Karen Voitik
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
>Book review – The Empty Room

>This book is a standalone mystery. Dean and Elizabeth are newlyweds who move to a small town to begin their life. The townspeople are all strange and not welcoming. Their house is filled with someone’s furniture. All but one room is all decorated from a prior owner who disappeared.

>This book has a huge twist at the end, so the review will need to be vague. The story was nicely done, especially the interactions with the townspeople and Elizabeth. I felt the consta
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
***This book was reviewed for Xpresso Book Tours***

The Empty Room is Sarah Clemens’ debut novel about a pair of newlyweds who move to the sleepy town of Eastbrook, Maine to get away from the drudgery and rat-race of their former jobs with different advertising agencies. Dean and Elizabeth purchase a Victorian style home at a great deal, though it had be purchased 'as-is’, complete with all the former resident’s belongings.

At first, all seems well, even if the townspeople give them the cold shou
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
Newlyweds Dean and Elizabeth Montgomery buy their first home in Eastbrook Main. They buy it as is with all of the previous owners belongings still in the home. They were told the previous owner just walked away one day. They are excited to be living in a small town, both are from Chicago. They want the close knit living of the small town. What they get is anything but close knit to outsiders.

The town is cold to the pair. Then they discover there are secrets in the town. The more they
Maia Gomez
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A completely thought-provoking read that has a huge twist at the end! The story starts off with the happy, perfect couple moving into their mysterious new house. The intrigue layers on as they explore their new residence and it's contents, puzzling over the only empty room in the house. As they venture out into town, the townspeople act just flat out strange and hostile with some pretty odd moments. The characters were very well developed and you can't help but fall in love with the quirky coupl ...more
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 sta
Christina Bates
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The writing was very smooth, with great description that really brought the story to life. The characters are well developed and the main characters are very likeable and relatable. The story is full of suspense, and there are also moments in the book that the main characters made me laugh. It is a mystery and suspense story right out of the likes of the Twiilight Zone. Just like episodes from The Twilight Zone, there's a great twist at the end, but I can't say anything about it without giving i ...more
S.K. Gregory
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dean and Elizabeth move into a new house in Maine. The house is what they dreamed of, but the previous owner left all their possessions behind. Dean and Elizabeth soon realize that the house holds many secrets and that the locals are not very friendly either. This was an interesting read. Dean and Elizabeth are a typical newlywed couple, just starting out in life, when things go wrong. Although it could be a little tell more than show at times, the story was enjoyable and I would recommend it.
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing

After running behind on my reviews, I was so glad to finally get to this book. I had been antsy to read it! It's a page turner with all the twist. I wasn't sure how this was going to end but it will take you for a surprise! This book isn't what you would think when you first start reading it. This author's talent is excellent! She knows how to flip things around on you! Very impressive read!

*received for an honest review*
Aileen Vaughan
rated it did not like it
Jan 13, 2020
Kathy Freas
rated it liked it
Feb 04, 2021
rated it really liked it
Nov 05, 2016
rated it did not like it
Sep 20, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Dec 16, 2018
rated it liked it
May 18, 2020
rated it really liked it
Mar 12, 2017
Patricia Herman
marked it as to-read
Jun 04, 2016
added it
Jul 22, 2016
marked it as to-read
Jul 27, 2016
marked it as to-read
Jul 29, 2016
marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
Cristina Trowbridge
marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2016
Suba Wijesinghe
marked it as to-read
Aug 19, 2016
marked it as to-read
Aug 20, 2016
added it
Sep 13, 2016
marked it as to-read
Oct 22, 2016
Ann Raye-Whittiker
marked it as to-read
Dec 21, 2016
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Related Articles

If you've got an overflowing Want to Read shelf of books that you keep meaning to get to (one day!), you're in good company. Our company, that...
127 likes · 46 comments
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »